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UNICEF Scales Up Humanitarian Response in Northern Iraq

Erbil, 19 August, 2014 – In response to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, UNICEF and the Governorate of Dahuk have signed a USD $5 million dollar agreement supporting one-time direct cash assistance to vulnerable, displaced families in the Governorate.

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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 August 2014


  • In August, WFP plans to reach 2.5 million beneficiaries throughout Yemen.

  • An additional USD 21 million are urgently needed to support activities under PRRO 200636 in 2014.

Situation Update

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Child Soldiers Thrust into Battle

(Juba) – South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. South Sudan’s former rebel forces, now the national army, had made tangible progress in ending its longtime practice of using child soldiers. But since the current armed conflict began in December 2013, both the government and opposition have recruited and deployed children in their forces.

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Renewed Support for Relief Efforts in Syria

Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria.

FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous.

“The project will provide a three-month distribution of much needed food items and rent subsidies to help mainly displaced women, children and elderly cope with the severely deteriorating economic conditions, and to aid in restoring dignity of life,” FMEEC stated.

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Children need anti-retroviral drugs most, says report

In Summary

  • Health ministry says children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment.
  • A report says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

Children are in the greatest need for anti-retroviral treatment, according to the Health ministry.

A report, to be released on Wednesday by the Aids control council, says 760,000 children with the virus need treatment most as their immunity is weak.

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Caritas among first responders offering relief to Iraqi families


As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and sectarian violence.

Caritas are among the first organisations to supply food, water, bedding and essential living supplies, and have initially assisted more than 3,500 families in northern and central Iraq that have been displaced by ongoing violent attacks from the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq (formerly ISIS) since June this year.

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In Burkina Faso, simple and sustainable solutions for rural communities’ water needs

By Adel Sarkozi

Continuing the effort to foster an environment where children can survive, develop and thrive is just one of the 25 achievements we are celebrating as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in November 2014.

In Burkina Faso, a recent pilot project is giving rural communities access to safe, clean water, and also providing employment.

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Haiti Humanitarian Needs Overview: Mid-Year Review (July 2014)

Priority Needs

1 Basic services, protection and durable solutions for IDPs

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Jordan + 1 other
The Need to Teach

Posted by
Richard Corbridge

Stories of refugees typically focus on their suffering, their plight, significant loss and conflict. Yet there I was, in Irbid, Jordan close to the Syrian border, an area inundated by hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, with a group of heroic Syrian teachers. And yes, they’re also refugees, mostly fleeing violence from Homms and Derra, cities in Syria reduced to rubble during Syria’s four year long civil war.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 - Fiscal Year 2014


  • Escalating insecurity in northern Iraq triggers massive population displacement, causing as many as 200,000 people to flee to Dohuk Governorate in early August.

  • United States conducts humanitarian assessment of the situation on Sinjar Mountain and completes airdrops to populations in need.

  • U.N. declares a Level 3 emergency for Iraq crisis.


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School, Health Kits Needed for Haiti

By Susan Kim*

August 19, 2014—In support of children’s education programs in Haiti and around the world, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is launching a renewed call for school kits and health kits.

In Haiti, UMCOR is one of various nongovernmental organizations partnering with Care International and its Partnership for Learning Program. Through this program, CARE is committed to helping 50,000 underserved students in Haiti.

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More than 100 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic over past week

One hundred and three children age 8 to 17 were released over the past week from armed groups in Bangui following negotiations with armed group leaders.

The 103 children, 13 of whom are girls, were associated with the anti-Balaka armed groups operating mainly in Bangui and in the western part of CAR, who took up arms in retaliation for attacks from ex-Seleka forces in the last year and a half of violence.

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Gaza Situation Report 42, 19 August 2014



The ceasefire was broken. 3 rockets were reportedly fired this afternoon from Gaza. There are reports of Israeli airstrikes in North, Gaza, Middle and Khan Younis.


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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Forces Victims to Fight, Kill

Voice of America

Heather Murdock
August 19, 2014 12:28 PM

ABUJA—The Boko Haram insurgency continues to expand in size and tactics, kidnapping villagers and forcing them to fight.

But what may appear to be mayhem in northeastern Nigeria, is actually a strategy to wrest territory from the Nigerian government by isolating the northern seat of power.

Forced to join Boko Haram

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Las mujeres y los niños primero

Artículo de Opinión del Director Regional de Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) para América Latina y el Caribe con motivo del Día Mundial Humanitario hoy, 19 de agosto de 2014

Por Miguel Barreto*

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Protecting displaced people in South Sudan

Peter Gatkuoth Biel, has been elected to represent people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan – at a United Nations-run camp in Juba. He casts a concerned look at the hundreds of women, men and children who have gathered in his compound.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 19 August 2014, 0800 hrs)


  • The five-day temporary ceasefire which expired at midnight last night has been extended for another 24-hour period. However, at approximately 15:30 today, rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel and, in response, the Israeli military has struck targets in Gaza.

  • Due to the continuing uncertainty, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains high, with 238,000 seeking refuge in 81 UNRWA schools designated as emergency shelters.

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