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17 Aug 2017 description

By Nora Peter, IFRC

Communities hit by wildfires in Portugal are beginning to recover, one month after the blazes claimed more than 60 lives and forced hundreds from their homes.

Leiria and Coimbra districts were among those badly affected by the worst fires in Portugal’s history.

The Portuguese Red Cross has been on the ground supporting people since the day of the tragedy and its work continues.

17 Aug 2017 description

More than 300 people are reported to have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. According to reports, 3,000 people have been made homeless. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing support to the most vulnerable individuals.

At least 312 people were killed and hundreds reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday.

17 Aug 2017 description

By the end of May, over 1 million primary health care consultations were provided, representing over 27 per cent of the 2017 overall target, and over 73,000 were referred to secondary or tertiary health care. Furthermore, 343,000 children have been immunized and 17,800 health care staff have been trained.

17 Aug 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

Introduction

This multi-sector needs assessment is part of a monthly data collection exercise which aims to gather information about needs and the humanitarian situation inside Syria. The factsheets present information collected in July 2017, referring to the situation in June 2017.

17 Aug 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

Introduction

This multi-sector needs assessment is part of a monthly data collection exercise which aims to gather information about needs and the humanitarian situation inside Syria. The factsheets present information collected in July 2017, referring to the situation in June 2017.

17 Aug 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

Introduction

This multi-sector needs assessment is part of a monthly data collection exercise which aims to gather information about needs and the humanitarian situation inside Syria. The factsheets present information collected in July 2017, referring to the situation in June 2017.

16 Aug 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

Naw Kwut was a young Karen woman when she stepped on a landmine and lost her right leg while she was forced to act as a porter for the Myanmar Army 20 years ago.

“We were treated badly. They asked us to do everything for them,” she said, recalling her experiences in the jungle. She grew up in a village controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU)’s Brigade 1, in Thaton, Mon State.

15 Aug 2017 description

Please be informed that the Gaza situation report will from now on be issued every two weeks. We thank you for your continued interest in UNRWA operations in Gaza.

HIGHLIGHTS

14 Aug 2017 description
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Forward

Education unlocks the potential of young minds, and helps new generations realise their dreams for the future. However, we are facing a global education crisis. Millions of children are out of school, or in school but not learning. We must put education at the top of the agenda.

13 Aug 2017 description

Original 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan

The 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) released in February 2017 sought US$2.1 billion to reach 12 million people with life-saving and protection services across the country. The strategic focus of the YHRP revolved around the following strategic objectives:

  1. Provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in Yemen through an effective, targeted response.

13 Aug 2017 description
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Highlights:

  • ACAP III substantially completed its immediate assistance response to the victims of the explosion on the 31st of May in Kabul which reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. A total of 486 families were provided with food and non-food packages. The provision of ACAP III short-term services are continuing.

  • ACAP III field teams assessed 241 conflict related incidents, associated with 149 killed and 332 injured victims, throughout the country during July.

11 Aug 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

As the conflict enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced Ukrainians struggle to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment.

11 Aug 2017 description

“With this new leg, I can do a lot of things,” explains ten-year-old Sophea. “My favorite games are playing ball, skipping rope, or duck, duck, goose. But going to school is what matters most to me.” Sophea dreams of leaving his small village in Cambodia so he can pursue his studies and one day, become a teacher.

10 Aug 2017 description

An estimated 11,000 people arrived in Greece in 2017. The living conditions for many asylum-seekers have improved and the Government is gradually closing sites, including Elliniko.

Yet problems persist, particularly on the islands where some asylum-seekers must remain for their asylum decisions.
This results in overcrowded ‘hotspots’ and poor conditions.

The situation increases tension and protection risks, including sexual and genderbased violence. Vulnerable asylum-seekers and children are particularly at risk.

Working with Partners

10 Aug 2017 description

As of 30th July 2017, 82,322 South Sudanese refugees were registered or pre-registered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Fighting in South Sudan in proximity to the border with the Haut-Uélé and Ituri provinces was ongoing and continued to cause a flow of refugees arriving in the DRC.

During the reporting week, 424 South Sudanese refugees were registered at the Meri site (Haut-Uélé province) and Biringi site (Ituri province), compared to 575 of the previous week.

KEY INDICATORS

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12946

SECURITY COUNCIL
8020TH MEETING (AM)

Calling upon all parties in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and north-east Nigeria to urgently take steps that would enable a more effective humanitarian response, the Security Council today expressed its grave concern about the unprecedented level of global humanitarian needs and the threat of famine currently facing more than 20 million people in those countries.