Two years of full-scale war has driven Yemen to the verge of famine. 17 million people, or two out of three Yemenis, do not know from where they will get their next meal.
“People have started dying quietly in their homes,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council's Secretary General, Jan Egeland. “We are witnessing ruthless war tactics against civilians by both parties to the conflict, resulting in civilians starving. Now we are also extremely concerned that the country’s main port will cease functioning and Yemen’s last lifeline will be lost.”
KAMPALA, UGANDA - The number of mothers dying during childbirth has gone down following more women using family planning and delivering at a health facility under skilled care. The latest figures contained in the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) reveal that pregnancy-related deaths have steadily been declining from 524 in 2001 to 438 in 2011, and now stand at 368 per 100,000 live births.
By Joe English
It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.
Children who have to flee their homes also lose their schools and classmates. “We must prioritize giving these children an education,” argues NRC’s Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.
“We have a proverb that says that one girl is able to educate ten generations. It’s very important, educated women make the difference,” says Mohama Qayoum, an Afghan teacher.
By Jessica Neuwirth
Jessica Neuwirth is founder of Donor Direct Action an international organisation which partners with front-line women's groups around the world.
Saturday, 25 March 2017 16:37 GMT
Reports on the numbers of civilian casualties have varied but the Civil Defence chief said rescue teams had recovered 40 bodies
UN says stunned by civilian deaths in explosion
Fleeing residents speak of demolished buildings, deaths
As many as 600,000 civilians remain in area (Adds US military statement confirming a March 17 strike)
By Patrick Markey
Key facts on the 4 countries:
20m people facing risk of famine
1.4m children are severely malnourished
US$1.2bn needed by WFP for next 6 months
Scaling up to avert possible famine requires:
Integrated response with all partners
OCHA STARTS EIGHT-DAY MISSION IN TSHIKAPA
The mission aims to assess the needs of those who have been affected bythe violence that has ravaged the area in the past few months. This is the first of three missions planned in Kasai, Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental aimed at mapping out a suitable response to the needs of those displaced.
OVER 80 TONS OF FOOD DISTRIBUTED TO 46 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN ITURI
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Shoaib Mir has said that each member of society has to play their role for eradicating polio that could paralyse generations.
During a visit to the Polio Emergency Centre on Friday, he said the provincial government was working actively for the eradication of the virus by achieving major targets in this regard.
On 20 January 2017, at around 2:00 P.M., local boys and teens clashed with Israeli security forces in the village of Sa’ir, which lies northeast of Hebron. A group of boys and teens threw rocks at the security forces, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them, and threw stun grenades.
Friday, 24 March 2017 10:00 GMT
East Mosul staggers back to life but the scars of IS rule remain * East Mosul staggers back to life
Men seek work, clear rubble
Scars of IS rule remain
Battle goes on across the river
By John Davison
MOSUL, Iraq, March 24 (Reuters) - Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.
New York – A new report by the UN Secretary-General details the deep impact of armed conflict on children in the Sudan states of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei.
"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition problems".
Bern, 24.03.2017 - What contribution is Switzerland making to prevent a whole generation from being lost to humanitarian crises? What is it doing to create new prospects for the more than 30 million children and young people worldwide who are currently refugees? These questions were the focus of the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) held at the Kursaal in Bern.
Rescuers managed to save seven people from the stricken vessel and the coast guard was searching for any other survivors
By Tuvan Gumrukcu
ANKARA, March 24 (Reuters) - Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.
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Haute Kotto and Ouaka Prefectures remain areas of tension in need of assistance from the humanitarian community
Insecurity is hindering humanitarian action. By the end of February, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan has only received 5% of the expected resources required for 2017. However, the humanitarian community remains ready to assist the areas of tension in spite of the humanitarian action's chronic under funding.
# displaced persons 402,240