New York, 26 August 2016 - The Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) remains concerned about the lack of progress in finding a lasting solution to the political and institutional deadlock in Guinea-Bissau..
The Diffa region continues to be affected by the Nigeria crises, with 6 attacks in July. Attacks included the looting of a WFP warehouse, an ambush to army patrol killing 5 soldiers and a major attack at the end of July to two villages on Lake Chad islands, with over 90 civilians estimated to have been executed and over 10 reported kidnapped.
UNICEF, in collaboration with the Playing for Change Foundation and the Ecuadorian band Cocoa Roots, provided psychosocial support to children and adolescents in Chamanga (Esmeraldas). Craig Woodson, Playing for Change facilitator, developed instruments with recycled material in a workshop with 20 children and adolescents and ten teachers, an activity in a regional initiative that seeks to promote children’s right to participate in cultural and artistic activities and to strengthen their role as agents of change.
• The centrality of protection must be a priority in all phases of response (UNHCR)
• The humanitarian crisis in La Guajira and its impact on Wayúu women (Fundación Plan)
• The positive impact of the reduced participation of the FARC-EP in conflict-related events
• Concerns remain on the protection and practical needs of women and girls in a post agreement (GenCap)
Protection, a primary element to humanitarian action
• La centralidad de la Protección en la respuesta humanitaria (ACNUR)
• Crisis humanitaria en La Guajira y su impacto en las mujeres Wuayúu (Fundación Plan)
• El impacto positivo de un año de cese al fuego unilateral de las FARC-EP
• Persisten preocupaciones respecto a la protección y necesidades de mujeres y niñas (GenCap)
La Protección, elemento central en la acción humanitaria
A photobook on safe childbirth
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Canada announces comprehensive, coordinated approach to support Canadian interests and UN peace efforts
August 26, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is taking concrete actions to prevent and respond to conflicts abroad and to support UN peace operations in building a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Le Canada annonce une approche globale et coordonnée pour soutenir les intérêts canadiens et les efforts de paix des Nations Unies
Le 26 août 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Affaires mondiales Canada
Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures concrètes pour prévenir les conflits à l’étranger et réagir à ceux-ci, ainsi que pour soutenir les opérations de paix des Nations Unies (ONU) afin de bâtir un monde plus paisible et plus prospère.
Fahima's sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece died when the boat taking them from Turkey to Lesvos capsized. Her nephew's body is still missing, leaving Fahima and her remaining family unable to close this painful chapter of their lives.
There seemed little point in asking Fahima where her missing relatives had been heading when they left for Europe earlier this year, because she already knew that they never made it. All she wanted now was to find the last of their bodies and bring them home to Afghanistan.
West and Central Africa Regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (August 2016)
Daraya , Syria | AFP | Friday 8/26/2016 - 14:49 GMT
by Rim Haddad
Rebels and civilians, many in tears, began evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya on Friday after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.
The evacuation came after a deal struck by President Bashar al-Assad's government and opposition forces in the town, which is near Damascus and was one of the first to rise up against the regime.
There is a marginal improvement in food consumption for people assisted through relief operations, but in spite of the good progress, needs will remain high to the end the year. The situation remains critical for 10.2 million people in need of food assistance.
There is an imminent pipeline break for cereals in September. WFP currently requires USD 158 million to support 7.6 million people affected by drought for the rest of 2016.
Nutrition surveys in Turkana show very high prevalence of moderate and severe acute malnutrition.
The Kenyan Government and UNHCR started a head count for all refugees in Dadaab.
Preliminary findings of the asset-creation evaluation are out.
WFP hosted a delegation from southern Africa to learn about linking farmers to schools.
Heavy fighting broke out in Juba on 7 July; although a ceasefire has since been declared, the situation remains tense and unpredictable. Fighting has also been reported in other parts of the country.
Efforts to scale up food assistance to populations facing rising food insecurity are ongoing. In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, air drops of food assistance recently commenced.
WFP urgently needs USD 13.5 million to cover costs to maintain operations in support of the vulnerable populations in Mauritania, including refugees. With no additional resources, WFP will be forced to suspend its operations at the end of September until December 2016.
Purchase from Africans from Africa (PAA Africa) is set to launch in July.
A consultative process has been initiated between the WFP, the Gambia Government, and the FAO, along with partner organisations in the country.
The lean season distributions are ongoing in all regions. Assistance has been provided to 250,000 people, including children 6-59 months and pregnant women and nursing mothers.
The construction of the large Watershed project on four sites in Niger have been completed in three sites. The Toughfini site completed at 50 percent due to the rainy season. The project involves land regeneration and water mobilization. The expected completion is in October.
In collaboration with UN-Women and IFAD, WFP conducted a four-day workshop in Koinadugu district on women leadership and nutrition-sensitive agriculture for 42 P4P-supported farmer groups and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security in 11 districts.
WFP concluded the second round of take-home ration food distribution, reaching 118,000 primary school children in 960 schools across the country.