With extreme poverty soaring for the first time in 20 years and increasing economic and gender inequality exacerbated by COVID-19, rich countries are failing the biggest test the aid system has seen.
Ground-launched weapons accounted for 10% of civilian casualties, whilst airstrikes accounted for 8%; 2019 was the worst year for civilian casualties in Afghanistan, with 4,630 deaths and injuries.
Arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances have allegedly been carried out by the Tanzanian police and intelligence services in cooperation with the Burundian intelligence services, the experts said.
The resurging violence has reportedly left 144 people dead and 230 injured. Agencies are trying to establish the exact number of newly displaced people within West Darfur, estimated to be thousands.
There is cautious optimism that the upsurge is winding down, especially if poor rainfall limits spring breeding and then equally poor rains occur during the summer in northeast Ethiopia and Somalia.
Some of those who have signed up for voluntary repatriation because of pressures and conditions in Dadaab have ended up in IDP camps in Somalia with fewer resources and greater insecurity.
Almost 13 million people are facing a lack of food in Burkina Faso, nearly half of them are children. Violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, worsening the plight of children.
A boat operated by people smugglers, transporting approximately 60 migrants escaping conflict in Yemen, overturned on its way to Djibouti in the early hours of Monday morning.
After the “annus horribilis” that was 2020, everyone at ReliefWeb would like to wish all our users a brighter, healthier and happier 2021!
Last year was notably positive in one aspect, however: our user numbers topped a record-breaking 15 million! The 2019 figure of 10.8 million was in itself a record, so every COVID-19 cloud has a silver lining indeed.
On another positive note, this year marks our...