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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 59 (as of 23 October 2014)

Aid organizations providing water, sanitation and hygiene support reached 3.5 million people as of October, though the response needed to be sustained.

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Ukraine: Situation Report No.17 as of 24 October 2014


· The Ukrainian Parliament adopted the long-awaited law ensuring the rights and freedoms of IDPs on 20 October 2014. The law is expected to help resolve several key outstanding issues that cannot be addressed within the current legislative framework and is delaying humanitarian assistance.

· As of 23 October, 50,000 people have registered under the recently adopted Government Decree 509. Some 10,000 of these already received state support under Government Decree 505.

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Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

By IPS Correspondents

Mallika Aryal contributed to this report from Kathmandu, Kanya D’Almeida from Colombo and Ashfaq Yusufzai from Peshawar, Pakistan.

KATHMANDU/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 24 2014 (IPS) - The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that “every last child” is immunised against the crippling disease.

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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 October 2014


  • In October, WFP is targeting 1,475,000 beneficiaries: 44,500 under Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200305 and 1,430,500 under PRRO 200636.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 7th most food-insecure country in the world. According to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, 14.7 million people, more than half of the Yemeni population, require humanitarian assistance in 2014. These needs remain largely unchanged from 2013.

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PM Nawaz says immunisation right of every child, vows to eradicate polio

By Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunisation as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in relation to World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio-affected children and their parents.

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El Salvador: Chikungunya and dengue fever outbreak Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Update Operation n° MDRSV007

Summary: On 2 July 2014, 167,572 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Salvadorean Red Cross Society (SRCS) in the delivery of immediate assistance for up to 25,000 people. Un-earmarked funds to repay the DREF are encouraged. The operation’s implementation timeframe was extended by an additional month in order to continue with response actions and strengthen the affected population’s organizing and community-based surveillance.

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In northern Nigeria, a little cash goes a long way towards getting girls to school

By Patrick Moser

Tens of thousands of girls in north-western Nigeria will benefit from a cash transfer programme aimed at helping cover the costs of sending them to school. The newly launched UNICEF initiative is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

WURNO, Nigeria, 24 October 2014 – Since their father died a few years ago, Aisha and Asmau have had to contribute to their family’s income, hawking by the roadside.

The two girls live in a crude, single-room mud and tin hut with their younger brother, their mother and their grandmother.

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Iraq Crisis: Revised IOM Appeal February 2014 -December 2015


Ongoing violence between Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga has resulted in massive displacement throughout Iraq.

Since December 2013, this conflict has had three major waves of violence (which occurred in January, June and August 2014) which have caused insecurity, dramatic levels of displacement, and suffering for the Iraqi people.

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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015


  • With USG assistance, relief organizations continue to respond to acute humanitarian needs in areas affected by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks in northern Syria and neighboring countries.

  • Although USAID/FFP has provided nearly $810 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) since the crisis in Syria began, the agency is facing significant funding shortfalls for operations in Syria and the region through the end of 2014.


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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 23 October 2014


  • The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.

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Nigerian Refugees Report Boko Haram Atrocities

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ABUJA, NIGERIA— Boko Haram militants have seized control of as many as 12 of 27 districts in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state in the past year.

Since Boko Haram militants captured the town of Bama on September 1, thousands of people have fled the area. Cellphone connections have been cut off, leaving only intermittent news. But recent escapees said militants there are ruling with an "iron fist," killing and jailing opponents.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (01 August - 30 September 2014) [EN/FR]


  • Ebola: an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease was declared by the DRC Minister of Health on August 24, 2014, in a remote rural area in north-western Equateur province’s Boende health zone (HZ). As of 18 October there were 68 cases of which 2 suspected, 28 likely and 38 confirmed. There have been 49 deaths total, of which 28 likely and 21 confirmed. There are currently 2 patients in isolation in Lokolia. Since the declaration of the outbreak, UNICEF has joined efforts with the Government and partners to rapidly respond (details, p. 8).

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Syria air strikes kill 10 children, 5 women in Aleppo: monitor

10/24/2014 - 16:54 GMT

Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing also destroyed civilian property and wounded several people, some of them critically, the Britain-based Observatory added.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 9, September 2014


  • More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.

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The survival struggle of a South-Sudanese single mother

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, the inspiring story of Cuaca sheds some light on the bravery of the displaced South Sudanese population, who are surviving against all odds. Our partners at UNICEF bring her story.

The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.

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Syria: ICRC delivers food to over 95,000 people in eastern rural Aleppo

Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, yesterday delivered urgently needed food and other essential relief items to over 95,000 people living in areas directly affected by fighting in opposition-controlled eastern rural Aleppo.

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Protection of civilians - Reporting Period 14 October - 20 October 2014

Key issues

  • Israeli forces kill a 13-year-old child the in Ramallah governorate
  • Protests and clashes in the context of access restrictions to Al Aqsa mosque
  • Five Palestinians injured in Gaza while ceasefire continues to hold
  • First shipment of basic construction materials enters Gaza for private sector
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Helping Mothers And Children Fight Malnutrition In Madagascar

In the south-west of Madagascar, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) work hand in hand to provide nutritional support and improve access to health services for pregnant and nursing women, as well as children under two.

Ambemasy lives in Itampolo, a village located in remote areas in southwestern Madagascar. This is a fishing village surrounded by thorny scrub.