Children

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Back to school in Kenya – a precious chance to progress

By Ivy Ndiewo, Communications Officer, Concern Worldwide Kenya

Life in a slum is precarious, with overcrowding, lack of utilities and services, and few opportunities to earn a living. Even the smallest misfortune can spell disaster for a family living on the edge.

Charles Aketch’s carpentry workshop brought in enough to provide them a home in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, put food on the table, and send seven-year-old Rosemary to primary school. His wife Priscah was pregnant with their second child.

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El Salvador + 1 other
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

Contact: Stacie Blake
727.215.8318
sblake@uscridc.org

Washington, DC
San Salvador, El Salvador

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

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Somalia + 4 others
Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update – October 2014

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Mali, Somalia and Yemen. In particular, the update provides recommendations ahead of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) expected mandate and logistical support package renewal.

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Liberia + 3 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 1 October, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • To date, U.S. Government (USG) funding for the West Africa EVD outbreak has surpassed $111 million.

  • USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing a $10 million grant to support an African Union (AU) medical mission responding to the EVD outbreak.

  • The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has mobilized nearly 200 volunteers to deliver EVD prevention messages in densely-populated areas of the capital city of Freetown, aiming to reach 500,000 people by early October.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
International Day of the Girl Child: ending the cycle of violence

Joint media release:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
  • Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM

1 October 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja today reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Desperate Demand for Ebola Treatment in Sierra Leone; Five People Infected Every Hour

Media Contact
Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The demand for treatment beds and nurses to halt the rapid spread of Ebola across Sierra Leone is far outstripping supply, according to Save the Children.

An estimated 765[1] new cases were reported last week — a rate of five every hour - while there are only 327 beds in the country. The critical shortage comes as untold numbers of children are dying anonymously at home or in the streets, meaning the scale of the problem is massively unreported.

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La nutrition, l’affaire de tous

INTRODUCTION

Dans sa stratégie « Nutrition dans les pays en développement » de 2010, la France s’engageait à mettre en place un « portefeuille d’actions agissant en synergie sur les causes immédiates, sous-jacentes et fondamentales» de la sous-nutrition. Ce document d’orientation stratégique (le « DOS Nutrition ») tirait ainsi les leçons de décennies de recherche internationale, en faisant de la multisectorialité la clé de voute de la lutte contre la sous-nutrition, mais sans pour autant en donner véritablement le mode d’emploi ni les outils nécessaires à sa mise en œuvre.

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Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria [EN/AR]

Damascus, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.

“At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 were injured. Many of the casualties were children who were leaving the school after classes.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian needs persist among populations affected by floods earlier in the year.

  • Ongoing insecurity results in civilian casualties and displacement.

  • The U.S. Government (USG) responds to the complex emergency in Afghanistan with more than $199 million in FY 2014 humanitarian assistance.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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UNICEF Guinea: Ebola Situation Report, 26 September 2014

Highlights

  • As of 23 September 2014, Guinea has recorded a total of 1074 cases and 648 deaths.

  • 178 children (0-18 years) are among the cases (140 confirmed, 30 probable, 8 suspected). Of the total cases, 112 children have died according to the Guinean Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

  • This week UNICEF reached 71,818 households (486.307 people including 169,937 children) through door to door campaigns.

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Sange : les déplacés de Mutarule peinent à supporter la scolarité de leurs enfants

Report
Radio Okapi

Les déplacés de Mutarule, réunis à Sange (Sud-Kivu), n’arrivent pas à prendre en charge la scolarité de leurs enfants. Le représentant de ces familles, Hatari Ruhigura Janvier, l’a affirmé mardi 30 septembre à Radio Okapi. Selon lui, ils sont plus de 500 ménages dépourvus des moyens financiers pour faire face à de telles dépenses.

Hatari Ruhigura Janvier appelle les autorités à venir en aide à ces familles qui, déjà, peinent pour trouver de quoi se nourrir tous les jours.

Radio Okapi:

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Inhumanity and Humanitarian Action: Protection Failures in Sri Lanka

Report
Tufts University

The divisive and discriminatory policies that have disfigured Sri Lankan society and its political culture for much of its contemporary history did not disappear when the Tamil Tigers and civilians, trapped in the Vanni, were put to the sword as the country’s bitter civil war came to an end on the blood-soaked beaches of Mullaitivu in May 2009.

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El Salvador + 3 others
Children in Central America to apply for US refugee status from home

The Obama administration is initiating a program to create in-country processing centers for US refugee status in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador for minors who qualify. It is an attempt to help stem the flow of young migrants making the risky journey north alone.

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Nigeria + 8 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (25 September - 01 October 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
7 PER CENT DECLINE IN IDP FIGURES IN BANGUI
Internal displacement figures continue to decline with an estimated 62,579 IDPs living in 35 sites in Bangui as of 23 September – a seven per cent decrease since last month. According to WFP, the rainy season is causing logistical constraints that, coupled with insecurity, are delaying and/or impeding food distributions.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Liberia + 3 others
UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report, 1 October 2014

Report
United Nations

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRSG Banbury holds a press briefing announcing plans for tangible impact within 60 days

  • UNICEF expresses concern for at least 3,700 children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the onset of the recent outbreak in West Africa

  • U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S

  • To date, 25.7 per cent of the USD 988 million identified in OCHA’s Overview is received

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Health authorities agree on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the post-2015 development agenda

Washington, DC, October 1, 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - Health authorities of the Americas agreed today on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the sustainable development agenda following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by countries within the United Nations expire.

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WHO helps Central African Republic assess damage and restore its health system

WHO assessment sheds light on Central African Republic’s shattered health system

Tumult in this landlocked country was so extensive in the spring of 2014 that officials were not sure how much of its health system was actually functioning.

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Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province Orientale N°27/14, 1er octobre 2014

Faits saillants

  • Environ 89 000 personnes dans le Sud Irumu bénéficieront d’une assistance multisectorielle pour les six prochains mois.

  • Sorodho : Une soixantaine de cas de diarrhée rapportée en l’espace de deux semaines dans une structure sanitaire en rupture de stocks de sérum de réhydratation orale.

Contexte général

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insufficient rainfall is exacerbating food insecurity for populations in eastern Ethiopia.

  • The U.S. Government (USG) provides approximately $231 million in FY 2014 to respond to humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province du Nord-Kivu N°32/14, 1er octobre 2014

Faits saillants

  • Environ 4 300 personnes retournées dans le Territoire de Rutshuru

  • Prévalence élevée de malnutrition dans les territoires de Beni et de Lubero

Contexte général

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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