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19 Feb 2018 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 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

19 Feb 2018 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

GUNMEN ATTACK AID WORKERS

Unknown gunmen on 12 February ambushed three aid workers travelling in a vehicle in the northern Batangafo town, but released them hours later unharmed. Their vehicle was also recovered. Attacks against aid workers are frequent in the country where insecurity has significantly worsened over the past two years. Violence has forced hundreds of thousands more civilians to flee their homes and subjected them to extreme deprivation and hardship.

19 Feb 2018 description

PREFACE PAR LE COORDONNATEUR RESIDENT

Le Plan de Réponse humanitaire 2018 pour le Burundi vise à alléger les souffrances des populations affectées. Il a été préparé par la communauté humanitaire de manière participative et exhaustive, en consultation avec le Gouvernement du Burundi et les bailleurs de fonds, sur base des informations disponibles dont la collecte a été largement améliorée cette année.

18 Feb 2018 description

39,806 Refugees and IDPs received non-food items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in January 2018.

2,223 New arrivals registered in South Sudan in January 2018.

40,502 Refugees living in Ajuong Thok refugee camp as of 31 January 2018

Working with Partners in 2018

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE – Les violences interethniques qui ravagent depuis le mois de décembre la Province de l’Ituri, au nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont généré d’importants mouvements de population à l’intérieur de la Province ainsi que vers l’Ouganda voisin. L’UNICEF est très préoccupé par la situation des plus de 46.000 enfants qui sont en fuite à cause des violences.

16 Feb 2018 description
report CARE

En Ouganda, l’afflux de réfugiés en provenance de République Démocratique du Congo est de plus en plus préoccupant, alerte l’ONG CARE. Les arrivées de réfugiés ont quadruplé, par rapport à début 2017. La semaine dernière seulement, 22 000 réfugiés congolais sont arrivés à l’ouest du pays en traversant le lac Albert.

« Il y a une semaine, les réfugiés arrivaient par centaines. Maintenant, ce sont des milliers de personnes qui arrivent chaque jour, fuyant pour sauver leurs vies », alerte Delphine Pinault, directrice de l’ONG CARE en Ouganda.

14 Feb 2018 description

37,806 Refugees received non-food items during the reporting period.

1,016 Refugee new arrivals registered in Unity during the reporting period

2,966 Refugees reached with human rights awareness campaign during the reporting period

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

286,256 Refugees in South Sudan as of 31 January 2018.

1.9 million IDPs in South Sudan including 204,247 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites as of 25 January 2018

14 Feb 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Sporadic inter-communal violence in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by armed groups in North Kivu in December 2017 resulted in mass internal displacement and population movement of thousands of Congolese refugees into neighbouring countries, including Burundi.

14 Feb 2018 description

The relocation process of refugees registered in Cacanda reception centre has ended. 10,749 DRC refugees have been relocated and currently reside in Lóvua settlement.

DRC refugees have expressed concern over planned voluntary repatriation by DRC and Angolan authorities citing security reasons.

Another cleaning campaign took place in Lóvua settlement. Monthly cleaning sessions have been planned.

Operational Context

14 Feb 2018 description
report CARE

Majority of women have experienced or witnessed gender-based violence on their way to Uganda / Dead refugee bodies thrown into Lake Albert

14 February 2018. The refugee influx from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda is increasingly worrying, warns the international aid organization CARE. Thousands of Congolese refugees arrived into western Uganda over the weekend, a sharp escalation from the 14,000 who had fled the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into the east African country since December.

14 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance (UNICEF), l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) et le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) bénéficient d’une contribution de trois millions de CHF (3.215.000 USD) de la Coopération suisse en RDC afin de poursuivre et d’étendre leur projet de lutte contre la malnutrition chronique dans les zones de santé de Bunyakiri et de Minova dans la Province du Sud-Kivu.

13 Feb 2018 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylumseekers and more than 50,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.
Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In January alone, 1,187 new arrivals were registered in Mbera. As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.

13 Feb 2018 description

Myanmar

The humanitarian situation for the Rohingya population in Rakhine state remains highly concerning. Civilians face restricted movement and people are regularly denied access to fields, coastal waters, rivers and markets. This leads to food shortages and risk of starvation. Livestock theft is also reported which further aggravates food insecurity.

13 Feb 2018 description

Faits saillants

  • Situation humanitaire toujours préoccupante à Fizi malgré quelques retours

  • Quelque 17 000 personnes de Baraka et Uvira sensibilisées sur les bonnes pratiques d’hygiène

Aperçu de la situation

13 Feb 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Effects of inter-communal violence between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups that broke out in Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and attacks by Mai-Mai militia in North Kivu started in December 2017, resulted into mass displacement and population movement of people from the DRC to Uganda.

12 Feb 2018 description

Following ongoing clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 8,000 people have left South Kivu and are taking refuge in south-western Burundi. Humanity & Inclusion (which works under the operating name “Handicap International” in Burundi) is on the ground, assisting the most vulnerable, including thousands of unaccompanied children.