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21 May 2019 description
report HALO Trust

On 3rd May 2019 we celebrated BP’s $1.2 million grant to HALO’s landmine clearance in Angola at a signing ceremony in the capital, Luanda.

HALO has been working in Angola for almost 25 years, removing landmines, saving lives and providing jobs for local people—clearing over 860 minefields and destroying 97,000 landmines.

In 2017 we launched our 100 Women in Demining project in Angola, empowering Angolan women by training and employing them to remove the landmines that threaten their communities.

20 May 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

19 May 2019 description

68,436 Refugees in Angola

36,655 Refugees registered in Lunda Norte

20,145 Refugees residing in Lovua settlement

6,100 Total Households in Lunda Norte

806 Single Parents in Lunda Norte

30,000 Asylum-seekers in Luanda

23,765 Active population in Lunda Norte

3,620 Refugees residing in Dundo town

1,749 Households headed by women in Lunda Norte

219 Unaccompanied and separated children in Lunda Norte

16 May 2019 description

Abnormally dry conditions develop in Nigeria following another week of below-average rainfall

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall deficits since the beginning of the southern African monsoon have negatively affected many countries in the region, including southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

16 May 2019 description

• The 2018/19 season, the driest season since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region, was marked by delayed and erratic onset of rains, midseason dry spells, and early cessation of rains. From October 2018 to early April 2019, parts of southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Botswana, northern South Africa, southern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe registered significantly below average rainfall (50%~ below average, Figure 1).

16 May 2019 description

Highlights

In line with seasonal trends, national average maize prices in most countries in the southern Africa region were on an upward trend in February and March, before the beginning of the main harvest season.

Regional maize supply for the 2019/20 marketing season is expected to be tight owing to lower harvests in key producing countries such as South Africa and Zambia. The latter saw maize price spikes in multiple markets in March, and an export ban on maize grain and meal has been in effect since mid-April.

16 May 2019 description

Situation Overview

The United Republic of Tanzania was host to 84,347 refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC, as of 31 December 2018, representing the 25.8 per cent of the total refugee population in the country. The majority of refugees, some 84,246, continued to reside in the refugee camp of Nyarugusu and the remaining population in urban areas.

15 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Executive Director (ED) Henrietta Fore visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see first-hand the extent of the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
UNICEF’s ED and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, highlighted the urgent need of funds to meet the needs of children, families, and vulnerable communities.
The two officials visited a women’s care center in Goma, displacement camps in Bunia, and Ebola treatment facilities in Beni and Butembo.

15 May 2019 description

Luke Kelly
University of Manchester
26 April 2019

1. Summary

This query looks at the role of regular UN humanitarian forums that involve conflict parties in conflict situations to discuss humanitarian issues of concern. It focuses on forums that are held outside of any political processes or peace talks. It provides examples and lessons from those forums.

15 May 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

13 May 2019 description

Saurimo - The Health minister, Sílvia Lucutuca, ensured on Sunday that the measles outbreak that is since March this year plaguing the eastern region of Angola is now under control.

According to the minister, the outbreak in Lucapa (Lunda Norte Province) and Luau (Moxico Province) municipalities are currently under control, while in Saurimo Municipality (Lunda Sul) the situation persists and caused the death until last Sunday of 59 people out of the overall 1,664 diagnosed cases.

11 May 2019 description

Luanda - Angolan government spent USD 600 million to deal with drought in the provinces of Cunene (south), Namibe (southwest), Cuando Cubango and Huíla (southeast).

This was announced Thursday in Luanda by the minister of Interior, Ângelo da Veiga Tavares.

The minister was speaking to the press at the end of the meeting intended to clarify the MPs of the 2nd National Assembly Commission on the drought situation in southern region.

11 May 2019 description

MONUSCO :

Elle s’appelait Begum Rowshan Ara et, en sa qualité d’inspectrice générale de la police du Bangladesh, elle se trouvait en mission en République démocratique du Congo afin d’honorer ses consœurs policières déployées ici à Kinshasa.

Elle a trouvé la mort lorsque le véhicule dans lequel elle se trouvait a été violemment heurté par un camion dimanche soir à N’Sele. La commandante de l’unité de police constituée bangladaise de la MONUSCO, qui se trouvait également à bord de la voiture accidentée, a été blessée et est hospitalisée.

10 May 2019 description

East and Southern Africa Remain Dry, Strengthening Moisture Deficits

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall deficits since the beginning of the southern African monsoon have negatively affected many countries in the region, including southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda,
    Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

10 May 2019 description

Refugees

■ An influx of Central African refugees has been taking place since 4 April in Mogoro, about 45km from Gbadolite in Nord-Ubangi Province. UNHCR and its partner the National Refugee Commission (CNR) preregistered 3,829 people (1,096 households). However it was yet to be established how many among them fled the recent violence in Basse Kotto, Central African Republic. In addition, 1,467 households had already been biometrically registered in DRC in 2017, as they had likely returned to the Central African Republic, then fled to DRC again.

10 May 2019 description

This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

833,400 Total number of refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC.

4.5 M Internally displaced people (as at December 2017)
Source: OCHA

1.1 M Planning figure of DRC refugees by December 2018.

51 Total number of Congolese refugees assisted to return in 2018

BASIC INFORMATION POPULATION FIGURES

10 May 2019 description

This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

As of 31 March 2019, 833,400 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 31 March 2019 alone, some 17,843 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.
UNHCR together with 56 humanitarian and development partners launched the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 11 December 2018 for US$743 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.