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Stitch by stitch towards greater protection in northern Myanmar

LAIZA, Myanmar, October 29 (UNHCR) – With colourful fabrics spread around tables and the rhythmic sound of sewing machines, interrupted by laughter and conversation, there is great camaraderie among a group of women in one of Laiza's camps for internally displaced people (IDP). But these resilient students have all lost their homes and belongings.

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Iraq + 1 other
After fleeing violence, Iraq’s displaced children face a deadly winter

By Jeffrey Bates

In the mountains of northern Iraq, UNICEF is rushing to provide winter clothes for children before temperatures drop to freezing, but serious shortages remain.

MANGESH, Iraq, 28 October 2014 – When her village near Sinjar mountain was attacked last summer, 11-year-old Zeynab fled with her family to the Kurdistan region, where many Iraqis and Syrians have sought refuge from fierce fighting that has taken an enormous toll on civilians.

Zeynab wore only her sandals, track pants and t-shirt.

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Thailand + 1 other
Bang Saphan Medical Update: October 2014

Jungle Aid

After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.

It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: WASH


The WASH workshop was held to plan for 2015-2016 and for winterization.


BML: 193 students (23% of which are Syrian) have benefited from access to safe water and toilets after WASH works were completed. The pilot project proved to be successful in facilitating future MEHE approval. Construction works on 6 water reservoirs in Iklim Al Kharoub are ahead of schedule, and progress is at 75%. Project is expected to benefit 50,000 persons (20% of which are refugees) once completed in early November 2014.

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Iraq + 1 other
The Child Soldiers Of Islamic State

This week, Islamic State (IS) group social-media accounts circulated an image of a young boy of perhaps 12 or 13 years old. Clad in a black balaclava with the phrase "la ilaha illallah" (there is no god but Allah) printed in white -- just as it is on the all-too-familiar IS black flag -- the child, Abu Usama al-Salafi, raises his index finger in a self-conscious pose.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty:

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: Education


The 2014/15 school year started despite pending enrollment of Syrian refugees


In September, the 2014-15 school year commenced in Lebanon. A total of 6,105 children have enrolled, the majority being PRS and PRL enrolled in UNRWA schools and a handful of affected Lebanese. Syrian refugee children have not enrolled yet and are awaiting decisions from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE).

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Liberia + 3 others
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 30 October 2014


  • There have been 13,703 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 4,920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • WHO indicated a downward turn in the number of infections, while cautioning it was premature to draw conclusions from that development.

  • US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power concluded her visit to west Africa in Ghana, where she met with SRSG Banbury in UNMEER headquarters in Accra.

Key Political and Economic Developments

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: Public Health


65 reproductive health (RH) kits, which include family planning methods and rape treatment, were distributed


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Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: Basic Needs


Distributed a total of around 1,841,700 USD as cash assistance for multiple purposes to 10,766 of the most socio-economically vulnerable families.

Distributed newcomer NFI kits to 27,155 persons (5,431 families). A standard kit consists of one blanket and one mattress per person (5 blankets and 5 mattresses per family/kit on average), one kitchen set and one hygiene kit per family, and a baby kit for each child under the age of 2 years.

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Five die in continued air raids on Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

Radio Dabanga


The Sudanese Air Force continued its bombardments on villages in East Jebel Marra for the second consecutive day, killing a father and his four children, as well as dozens of livestock. Again large tracts of farmland and pasture burned to ashes.

“This morning, between 7 and 8 am, a Sukhoi jet dropped 27 bombs on the area of Bir Sauda, west of Dolma, and the area of Khor Mali, a resident of Khor Mali told Radio Dabanga.

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Jordan + 1 other
Nutrition Response Interventions for Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Host Community in Jordan 2014 - 2015


  1. Infants 0–6 months

  2. Children 6–59 Months

  3. PLW Women of reproductive age (including adolescent girls)

  4. Older people (60 years and over)

  5. Vulnerable groups with special nutrition needs

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UN launches Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in Sierra Leone

UN Women

To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October.

The Strategy aims to better connect UN organizations, promote women’s critical participation in all aspects of the Ebola response, build confidence among health workers, and reestablish trust among communities to utilize public health facilities and services.

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Sudan-South Darfur 26 Oct 2014 updates



On 26th of October 2014 around 2.00pm some JANJAWEED militia’s men attacked and raped a 15 year’s old girl at the outskirt of NERTITI IDPs camp, when she was on her way back to the camp from their farm in GORORO area. Police and UNAMID were informed.

On the same day 4 men were killed by JANJAWEED militia in BORRAM road near REHAID AL-ALBIRDI area.
Those who were killed:
1- Ali Suleiman

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The deep roots of malnutrition

The Ségou region has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the country: nearly one child out of six is severely malnourished. This condition affects children’s ability to grow and puts their life at risk.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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In Kenya, UN chief kicks off global media campaign to end female genital mutilation

UN News Service

30 October 2014 – The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

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School Children in Malawi Receive Sanitation Facilities and Hygiene Education


Africare/Malawi’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene project has brought sanitation facilities as well as hygiene education to hundreds of school children in the Mulanje district. In addition, at this moment, three rural schools have benefited from the establishment of three freshwater boreholes, and two more schools from well repairs. School staff and children have rejoiced with the supply of this dependable source of fresh water.

These efforts help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

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Youth in Jamaica Help Disaster Survivors Rebuild Their Lives [Video]

October 30, 2014 by Jim Stipe

A youth program in Jamaica called St. Patrick’s Rangers enables teens to give back to their community by helping neighbors prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters before they strike, and also helping families rebuild after a disaster happens. Run by Catholic Relief Services and the St. Patrick Foundation, with generous funding from USAID, the program is making a real difference in people’s lives. This video tells the story of a man named Bull, who lost everything in Hurricane Ivan.