Millions of people across Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been affected by floods caused by monsoon rains. In Nepal, thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes to escape the floods that have claimed lives, destroyed homes and ruined food stocks. UNICEF is working with the government and partners to get help to those most in need.
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Kapoeta, South Sudan, 15 August 2017 – It started around 6 p.m. one evening, shortly after supper. Regina Lotem had been warned about it for weeks and even though she tried to prevent it, she knew it might happen. Her five-year-old son Juma had been vomiting and had severe diarrhoea for several hours. If not treated properly, she knew his life could be at risk.
And so Regina rushed little Juma to the cholera treatment centre in her town of Na Pot Pot, South Sudan.
In March 2016, Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) started another water, sanitation and hygiene project, funded by EU Humanitarian Aid. Since 2012, EU funds have supported PAH’s mobile teams in alleviating human suffering. Over the last year, PAH’s emergency response team has been answering the needs of communities in 11 locations across the country, in Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile and Central Equatoria States. PAH has prioritised the most vulnerable areas, left out by the humanitarian sector due to challenges in operations and logistics.
The opposition leader’s challenge to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory risks undermining democracy in East Africa’s economic hub.
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August 12: Boko Haram killed four in Konduga, Borno.
August 12: Boko Haram killed two farmers in Jere, Borno.
August 13: Gunmen attacked another church in Otisha South, Anambra, killing one policeman and one civilian.
August 14: Boko Haram killed "many" (estimated at twenty) in Madagali, Adamawa.
August 15: Three suicide bombers killed themselves and twenty-eight others in Kondgua, Borno. Boko Haram was suspected.
August 15: Hunters killed two Boko Haram militants in Madagali, Adamawa.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is taking appropriate measures to contain the violence outbreak in Bria (450 km northeast of Bangui) between presumed anti-Balaka elements and the FPRC Arab faction.
21 August 2017 – Ahead of next month's presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel today said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved.
Fatsah Ouguergouz, the head of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, told UN News that based on more than 470 testimonies with people inside Burundi and in exile, alleged human rights abuses in the Great Lakes state are continuing.
Desde el 21 de julio en el marco de un paro minero que se lleva a cabo en los municipios de Segovia y Remedios, al menos 5.500 familias (22.000 personas, ver tabla anexa) pertenecientes a comunidades indígenas, afrocolombianos y campesinos de zona rural y urbana, presentan restricciones al acceso de alimentos, bienes, servicios, y movilidad como resultado de las confrontaciones entre mineros artesanales (manifestantes) y la fuerza pública.
Mr President, Distinguished Representatives,
by Namie Di Razza
Mission and Goals
Report the Abuse (RTA) began operating on 19 August 2015, and one of its first acts was to open up a public, confidential, non-judgemental, and anonymous platform where humanitarian aid workers could express their experiences and knowledge about sexual violence incidents within the humanitarian community.
Donor agencies have played an essential role in addressing various problems plaguing the humanitarian community – fraud, corruption, concerns about the funding of terrorism, and, most recently, addressing the sexual exploitation and abuse of the population that humanitarian organisations are meant to aid. By asking questions of those they fund, donor agencies have brought about significant changes to the policies and procedures implemented by humanitarian organisations, contributing to the professionalism and transparency of humanitarian operations.
One of the questions frequently asked to Report the Abuse (RTA), and within the broader humanitarian community, is how we report and respond to incidents of sexual violence – as survivors1. Who do we report to when something goes wrong? What are our options? What do we do if we are being sexually harassed? How do we prove something has happened? Where can we go for help?
The need for this Guidance Note came out of many discussions around how we speak about sexual violence – within humanitarian organisations, across them, and at the global level – following the attack on Terrain Hotel in July 2016. While this was not the first time humanitarian aid workers have been sexually attacked on a large scale, it was unique as the brave survivors talked about their experiences publically.
There are many reasons humanitarian aid workers may become exposed to HIV and other diseases spread through bodily fluids, and sexual violence is just one of those reasons. When this does occur though, it is important to know what options might be available to survivors, as well as what humanitarian organisations can do to appropriately respond.