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Iraq Crisis: Revised IOM Appeal February 2014 -December 2015


Ongoing violence between Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga has resulted in massive displacement throughout Iraq.

Since December 2013, this conflict has had three major waves of violence (which occurred in January, June and August 2014) which have caused insecurity, dramatic levels of displacement, and suffering for the Iraqi people.

International Organization for Migration:

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Making ACTED facilities more accessible for vulnerable people in South Sudan

In South Sudan’s capital Juba, ACTED is providing sanitation facilities – latrines, showers and laundry points – for 11,000 people who have been displaced by the ongoing crisis and are seeking refuge in a United Nations base. ACTED’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) team have participated in a training workshop organised by Handicap International to orient WASH professionals on disability and creating accessible facilities for people in vulnerable situations. Topics included different vulnerable groups and their needs, types of disabilities, its prevalence etc.

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Cyclone Hudhud – Relief supplies for most at risk


CBM and partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) are working to ensure that basic needs of people affected by Hudhud are met, especially families of persons with disabilities.

Relief supplies for most at risk

CBM will be supporting our partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) to ensure that immediate needs among cyclone Hudhud affected families in Gajapati district of Odisha are met.

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Cameroon + 1 other
République centrafricaine : pour fuir, il faut pouvoir marcher

Alors que les combats faisaient rage en République centrafricaine, Mikaella, 9 ans, Djaffarou, 14 ans, et Zenabou, 15 ans, tous trois handicapés physiques, n’ont pas pu fuir avec leurs familles du village de Bossentélé (300 km au nord-ouest de Bangui). Après un long périple, ils ont finalement retrouvé leurs proches au Cameroun. Récit de Jeanne Djeukeng, membre de l’équipe du CICR au Cameroun.

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The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

10/24/2014 - 03:50 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

It was May 2013 and Sumbal and her friend Shirafat were vaccinating children against the crippling disease at a rough mudbrick house in the village of Badaber in the country's militant-plagued northwest.

Agence France-Presse:

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Rapid Assessment Report in South Sudan, Jonglei State - August 2014

Executive Summary

Since the crisis that broke out in December, 2013 in South Sudan, 1.3 million people are estimated to remain internally displaced across the country and just 449,000 people have fled the violence to neighboring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 IDPs sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan. This translates to one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict began.

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Protecting the emblems that protect lives

Amid the violence that has engulfed Yemen during the past six months, the ICRC has managed to respond to the growing needs of the victims. However, more must be done to ensure that medical personnel and facilities are spared the effects of the fighting.

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Faits & Chiffres: Principales activités du CICR en RDC (Juillet - Septembre 2014)

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) est une organisation humanitaire, neutre et indépendante. Sa mission exclusivement humanitaire est de protéger la vie et la dignité des victimes de conflits armés et de la violence, et de leur porter assistance. Présent en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) depuis 36 ans, le CICR maintient une délégation à Kinshasa, des sous-délégations à Bukavu, Goma, Kisangani et Lubumbashi ainsi que des bureaux à Manono, Uvira, Beni, Bunia, et Dungu.

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Challenges for Resuming Normal Life After Earthquake: A Qualitative Study on Rural Areas of Iran

Findings showed that social uncertainty and confusion occurs as a result of negligence of some important social aspects in process of returning to the normal life. This issue, in turn, can greatly interrupt the normal developmental processes. Understanding the challenges of life recovery after disasters will help policy makers consider social rehabilitation as a key factor in facilitation of return to normal life process after earthquakes

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Tragedy of even greater proportions in Iraq should be urgently prevented

NEW YORK/GENEVA (20 October 2014) - On Sunday 19 October, the UN Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Šimonović, concluded his week-long mission to Iraq by meeting the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Government.

“I am extremely concerned at the dramatic human rights consequences of the actions of ISIL and associated armed groups on civilians," Šimonović said.

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Iraq + 5 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Iraq Crisis (ECHO/-ME /BUD/2014/91000) Last update:07/10/2014 Version 5

AMOUNT: EUR 20 000 000


October 2014: modification n°4

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In Syria and neighbouring countries “winter puts Syrian families at risk of disease and death”


People affected by the conflict have to survive the upcoming cold winter weather with meagre assistance, CARE supports with blankets, winter clothes and cash assistance.

Amman, Jordan (XX, 2014) - As another harsh winter season approaches in the Middle East, CARE International calls for the immediate release of further funding to support millions of people caught up in the conflict in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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Cash assistance in Syria: a vital lifeline for the most vulnerable

“Without the cash assistance we receive we would be lost,” says double amputee Imad Ali Mdardas. Like the majority of Palestine refugees living in Syria, Imad and his family have been left in desperate circumstances by the ongoing armed conflict. Before escaping the besieged area of Yarmouk in Damascus, Imad could not access the healthcare or medicine he needed to treat his condition. As a result, his second leg was amputated in a makeshift clinic in Yarmouk to prevent the spread of a serious infection. He is now wheelchair-bound.

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SPRINT Initiative is responding to Bangladesh’s flood victims with life-saving services

17 Oct - New Delhi: The SPRINT Initiative is supporting flood-affected people in the Northern Part of Bangladesh to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services with USD 32,661.

These services will be provided through Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), a Member Association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Heavy floods in Bangladesh’s Northern Part had been triggered by 2 weeks of intense rain currently affecting more than 3 million people and have left up to half a million homeless.

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UNDP Reponse in Syria: Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods Mid-Year Report, January - July 2014


Since the beginning of 2014, UNDP scaled up its early recovery and resilience interventions targeting 12 highly affected governorates in Syria. Relying on its area-based approach in planning and programming, UNDP is currently implementing 47 recovery, resilience and livelihoods projects. Until July 2014, a total of 1,527,977 crisis affected people all over Syria benefitted from UNDP’s support.

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Ukraine: Overview of population displacement (as of 16 October 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Zimbabwe + 1 other
U.S Embassy Disburses $50,000 Zimbabwe Community Grants

Voice of America

Irwin Chifera

WASHINGTON DC— United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, on Thursday disbursed the second tranche of grants under his Special Self-Help Program saying the scheme is apolitical and targeted at community-based development projects.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the small grants, Ambassador Wharton said the funds are meant to advance projects that tangibly improve the lives of community and encourage future development.