This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Iraq, Somalia, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The update also reiterates key recommendations to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on Iraq as it concludes negotiations, and provides an update regarding the status of the Working Group’s consideration of the Secretary-General’s report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Central African Republic.
- In paragraph 7 of its resolution 2233 (2015), the Security Council requested that I report every three months on progress made towards fulfilling the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The present report covers key developments related to Iraq and provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq since the issuance of my report dated 26 January 2016 (S/2016/77).
II. Summary of key political developments pertaining to Iraq
The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 76,603. About 48,450 refugees are living in Mahama camp.
Cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children 6-59 months living in the camp continue to decline, with currently 51 children enrolled in treatment programmes.
There were no new typhoid cases reported in April, due to an effective health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partners held a ceremony at the Ebola treatment facility in Monrovia to celebrate the recovery and discharge of a 2-year-old boy, the final patient in a latest flare-up in Liberia. His 5-year-old brother recovered a week earlier.
Liberia’s and Guinea’s last known Ebola patients in a latest flare-up of the disease that hit both countries have now been discharged. All remaining contacts of confirmed cases that were placed under a 3-week period of medical monitoring have been cleared.
UNICEF and its partners are providing multi-sectoral assistance in 32 internally displaced peoples’ sites and in 70 host villages of the Lake region.
As of 29 February 2016, 19,526 children have been admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition across the country.
32,500 displaced persons now have access to safe drinking water in the Lake Region thanks to UNICEF interventions.
• The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the northwestern part of Ecuador in the evening of 16 April 2016 is currently considered the biggest disaster to hit the Latin American region since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 (OCHA).
• UNICEF and humanitarian partners require US$23 million for their response as part of the $72.7 million appeal launched by the UN and partners targeting 350,000 affected people.
South Sudanese arrivals in Sudan since 15 December 2013.
* This figure does not include a number of South Sudanese living with host communities. These statistics will be determined following individual registration in host communities.
Number of South Sudanese arrivals residing in the seven sites of White Nile State, as per UNHCR individual registration.
Number of South Sudanese arrivals to East Darfur since January 2016.
79,551 persons of concern
461,701 refugees have passed through the camp
57% are youth, 19.9% are under 5 years old
1 in 5 households are headed by women
Average of 80 births per week, and 14,000 weekly consultations
The Camp covers some 5.3 km2
FROM EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO EARLY RECOVERY
• An additional 300,000 beneficiaries have been targeted under the TSF Programme, following the revision of the Priority Hotspot woredaclassification.
• WFP will target an additional 200,000 beneficiaries at high risk of acute malnutrition through a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP), on top of the 2.5 million beneficiaries targeted under TSF.
• The total funding needs for 2016 has increased by USD37 million to a revised total of USD90 million following the increase in targeted beneficiaries.
SNHR declared the report of the victims of April, which documented the death of 1041 civilians. The report noted that one day after the declaration of the Supreme Commission for negotiations to postpone its participation in the Geneva negotiations on 19 April, government forces and Russian troops resumed bombardment of areas beyond the control of the Syrian regime to return the pace of killings to what it was before the cessation of hostilities agreement.
People affected by the conflict (in Yemen and adjacent countries), including refugees and internally displaced persons prior to and as a result of the current conflict.
Persons internally displaced prior to and as a result of the current conflict.
Arrivals to Djibouti, Ethiopia Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Sudan mainly by sea or overland since late March 2015.
Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors
Slightly more than half are Afghans
In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.
MÉXICO, D.F., 29 de abril de 2016 (ACNUR) - La Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR) lanza hoy la campaña digital #NiñezRefugiada para explicar al público las razones por las que niñas, niños y adolescentes son forzados a huir de la violencia en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras.
A través de postales digitales, banners y un video animado de 30 segundos, la campaña #NiñezRefugiada invita al público a conocer más sobre las historias de las niñas y niños refugiados en el sitio web www.acnur.org/ninezrefugiada.
By: Oda Lykke Mortensen (24.03.2016)
Children out of school in Somalia face challenges and risks that may threat their future. With the Go to School project, funded by UNICEF, 450,000 children have been given education.
Children of Somalia see their history painted with memories of conflict.
As many areas are not secure, 1,133,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to live in safer parts of Somalia. Additionally, 1,105,618 have fled the country.