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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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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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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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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.

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La consolidación de la paz inmediatamente después de los conflictos (A/69/399–S/2014/694)

Asamblea General Consejo de Seguridad Sexagésimo noveno período de sesiones Temas 27, 29, 109, 115 y 120 del programa

Adelanto de la mujer

Informe de la Comisión de Consolidación de la Paz

Informe del Secretario General sobre el Fondo para la Consolidación de la Paz

Seguimiento de los resultados de la Cumbre del Milenio Fortalecimiento del sistema de las Naciones Unidas

Informe del Secretario General

I. Introducción

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Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 9| 1 – 30 September 2014


  • Humanitarian and development assistance needed for vulnerable people in Rakhine

  • Rakhine: Some positive developments but access to healthcare remains a major challenge

  • Cross-line missions reach 30,000 displaced people in Kachin

  • Resettled families in Pa La Na need further livelihood support

  • Floods displace over 11,000 people in Shan State, Sagaing, Mandalay and Ayeyarwaddy regions


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Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap


Author: Sophie Mbugua

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that gap.

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Myanmar: Regressed, Stalled, or Moving Forward?

The burning question in Washington about Myanmar’s transition is: are things regressing, stalled, or moving forward? The short answer is all of the above. In August, 2014, CSIS organized a delegation to examine the status of the Myanmar transition in three key dimensions: health and development; political reform and governance; and conflict resolution with the country’s minority groups. This report is a summary of CSIS’ observations and thoughts on strengthening U.S. support for Myanmar’s transition. The bottom line: active U.S.

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UNFPA and Amref Health Africa seal Partnership to Boost the Health of Africa’s Women and Children

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today reaffirmed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa aimed at improving the health of women and children in Africa.

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UN: Rape Used as Weapon of War in S. Sudan Conflict

Voice of America

Lisa Schlein
October 23, 2014 3:47 PM

GENEVA— A senior U.N. official says rape is used as a weapon of war in the conflict between government SPLA and opposition forces in South Sudan. The official who recently visited this war-torn country says sexual violence against women and girls is rampant in camps for internally displaced people.

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The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

10/24/2014 - 03:50 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

It was May 2013 and Sumbal and her friend Shirafat were vaccinating children against the crippling disease at a rough mudbrick house in the village of Badaber in the country's militant-plagued northwest.

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Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence

10/24/2014 - 03:37 GMT


When Ugandan farmer's daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled.

But the dowry she would bring -- cows, goats and cash -- soured the marriage and brought dark clouds over the partnership, a story repeated by many others in Uganda.

"I was very, very happy. Now I'd also benefit, the cows would come," said her mother Anna Amiti, 50, referring to the bride price or dowry, enshrined in Ugandan law, that the family received from their son-in-law.

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Gender matters: overcoming gender-related barriers to prevent new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive


The evidence

Approximately 660 children globally are estimated to acquire HIV every day, mostly during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding (1). If pregnant women living with HIV and their children both have timely and continued access to antiretroviral medicines, it is possible to reduce new HIV infections among children to less than 5% (2). Furthermore, enrolment in services to prevent new HIV infections among children is increasingly being seen as an opportunity to enable women to access HIV treatment and care for their own health and well-being (3).

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Community Health Worker in Guinea Stops Malaria in Its Tracks

Home visits save lives through testing and treatment

Oct. 2014—In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of health consultations, and is responsible for 31 percent of hospitalizations and 14.2 percent of deaths. All people, particularly children under 5 and pregnant women, are at risk.

To achieve universal coverage of malaria prevention and case management consistent with World Health Organization recommendations, in 2012, the Ministry of Health adopted a malaria community case management strategy.

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Homme armés assiégés prés de Tunis : la police prépare l'assaut

Tunis, Tunisie | AFP | jeudi 23/10/2014 - 22:14 GMT

par Kaouther LARBI / Mounir SOUISSI

La police préparait dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi l'assaut d'une maison en banlieue de Tunis où des hommes armés sont retranchés avec des femmes et des enfants, alors que la Tunisie craint des attaques jihadistes avant les législatives dimanche.

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