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Canada’s Support for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Today’s announcement of $3 million to support UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable children and their families as a result of ongoing conflict and insecurity.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 01 - 30 June 2014

Highlights

Lubero, North Kivu: Following the advance of NDC-Cheka militia towards other localities of Ikobo and Bunyatenge groupings in South Lubero, populations moved towards localities along Masereka- Lukanga axis. Over 1,000 households were added to 3,000 initially recorded in other localities of South Lubero. The threat of this militia walking on Bunyatenge, a locality bordering recently affected Oninga (Walikale), worries populations and humanitarian workers.

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Ethiopia + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis — Regional Impact Situation Report #28 23 July 2014

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Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$107 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all the four countries. Shortfalls may require WFP to implement ration cuts and stop selected activities such as school meals and blanket supplementary feeding, in order to prioritize assistance for new arrivals. This will have a negative impact on the nutrition situation of beneficiaries.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations - July 2014

New guidelines stress increasing key populations’ access to HIV services

Countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care, according to new WHO guidelines.

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ACAPS Briefing Note, Humanitarian Impact of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza Strip, oPt, 24 July 2014

Crisis Overview

  • Operation Protective Edge, launched by Israel against Hamas on 8 July, is now in its third week. In addition to maritime and air strikes, a ground incursion was launched on 18 July and is now in its seventh day (OCHA, 23/07/2014).

  • The hostilities were triggered by the abduction and murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, for which Israel holds Hamas responsible, and the revenge torture and murder of a Palestinian teenager by vigilante Israelis (PMO 08/07/2014; Haaretz 14/07/2014; ICG 14/07/2014).

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Iraq + 1 other
ACAPS Briefing Note: Humanitarian Implications of Violence in Northern and Central Iraq - 24 July 2014

Key Findings

Anticipated scope and scale
An estimated 650,000 people have been displaced in the six weeks since the start of Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Ramadan offensive’, bringing the total displaced since the start of the year at 1.2 million. The situation is expected to deteriorate as fighting persists.

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Medical staff in Gaza struggle to cope with rising casualties

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Oxfam

Oxfam, Gaza, 24 July 2014

"I never imagined that I'd witness what I am seeing now," says Moeen Abu Al Eish, a paramedic and ambulance driver at one of Gaza's biggest hospitals.

With the crisis in Gaza mounting, hospitals are struggling to cope with the growing influx of casualties. Three quarters of the dead and wounded are civilians, including many women and children. In the past few days, as the Israeli ground offensive escalates, on average one child an hour is being killed in Gaza.

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Pakistan: North Waziristan Displacements Situation Report No. 8 (as of 24 July 2014)

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Highlights

  • As of 22 July, PDMA reported 995,515 people (92,702 families) registered as displaced from North Waziristan. Forty-nine families returning from Afghanistan were registered in Kurram Agency. Other registration points are closed.

  • As of 23 July, NADRA reviewed the registration data of 90,039 families; 52,986 families (59 per cent) were verified while 37,053 families (41 per cent) were rejected.

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
South Sudan famine warning

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GOAL

“We are now facing a famine in South Sudan,” says GOAL’s refugee programme manager in Ethiopia

GOAL’s refugee programme manager in Ethiopia, Mary T Murphy has said that refugee numbers from South Sudan into Ethiopia are set to explode, as a result of what is now a famine situation in South Sudan.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
WHO Afghanistan Biweekly Programme Update: 24 July 2014

Emergency Humanitarian Action

KEY UPDATES:

  • The influx of refugees from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency has become static with a total of 12,340 families displaced in Khost and Paktika provinces

  • Health service provision for refugees in Khost and Paktika, including vaccinating children against polio and measles, has successfully continued

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 13 – 19 July 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF successfully advocated for humanitarian access to Khanaqin, Diyala and through its rapid response mechanism provided over 16,000 IDPs in three areas with life-saving materials. Given the dire situation of IDPs, activities have significantly scaled up in Khanaqin where over 40,000 people had taken refuge.

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Cameroon + 1 other
ACT Alert: Life-saving relief to CAR refugees in Cameroon

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ACT Alliance
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  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
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Kenyan girls taken to remote regions to undergo FGM in secret

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Guardian

Perpetrators of female genital mutilation becoming more difficult to catch as hospitals and clinics carry out procedure covertly

Parents are taking their daughters to remote regions of Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in secret, according to the head of the country's new FGM prosecution unit.

Christine Nanjala, who has led a high-profile crackdown on the practice, said perpetrators were becoming increasingly difficult to catch as many moved underground to carry out the practice.

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UN says Iraq jihadists order female genital mutilation, experts doubtful

07/24/2014 18:55 GMT

GENEVA, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - The United Nations said on Thursday that jihadists in Iraq have ordered all women between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation, but experts quickly cast doubt on the claim.

The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva via videoconference: "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers."

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For a Better World for All

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Huffington Post

It is now 100 long days since the abduction of 276 girls from their school in Chibok in northern Nigeria shocked and outraged the world. While a few of the girls have managed to escape their captors, the majority remain separated from their shattered families.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post

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Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF

PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.

Bolivia’s new Code states children and adolescents must be protected from economic exploitation or any work activities that interfere with their education, involve dangerous and unhealthy environments or threaten a child’s dignity or development.

The code also prohibits 21 forms of hazardous work to all children under 18.

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Risk of Relapse Call to Action : Somalia Crisis Update

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Oxfam

On 7 May 2014, 26 agencies asked the world to remember Somalia, where 2.9 million people are living in crisis. At that time, only 12% of Somalia’s humanitarian needs had been funded for 2014. That figure now stands at 27% - and we’re already halfway through the year. In the last few weeks experts have been on the ground assessing what activities are needed where, to pull people out of crisis. Based on their findings, agencies are now asking for action across eight sectors to save lives and avoid a relapse to the catastrophe of 2011.

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Uganda + 1 other
SEK 1.35 billion to new Development Cooperation Strategy for Uganda

The Government today adopted a new development cooperation strategy for Uganda for 2014-2018. Sweden's total support is estimated at SEK 1.35 billion (approx. 200 MUSD).

The aim is to improve child and maternal health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, sustainable growth and employment. The Government also wants to help strengthen respect for human rights.

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After 17 days, Palestine Red Crescent Society is scaling up its response in Gaza

By Raefah Makki in Beirut

The situation in the Gaza Strip continues to be extremely challenging for civilians and aid workers who have not been spared from the fighting. According to the latest figures from OCHA, 700 Palestinians were killed, including at least 543 civilians, of whom 170 are children and 86 are women.