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21 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Felix Horne
Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa

“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.

In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development

20 Sep 2017 description

Unity Primary is one of the largest schools in Kakuma refugee camp, where classes of 200 are not unusual and staying motivated as a teacher can a be tough job.

By Cathy Wachiaya in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

With more than 3,400 students, Unity Primary School would be a big job for any head teacher, but it was soon clear Yel Luka was more than equal to the task when he arrived a few weeks ago.

20 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • From January 2017, a total of 50,547 children (64% of annual target) and 94,851 children (48% of annual target) have been admitted for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition respectively.

  • During the reporting period, 31,857 people in Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera Counties gained permanent access to water through repair of boreholes. A further 81,634 gained temporary access to safe water through household water treatment.

20 Sep 2017 description

By Teresa Ongaro

“The leaders should do something about it. They should see the people’s suffering, the hunger and displacement, and show consideration. Right now, I see no future.”

Wise words from 16 year old John, a student at Sud Academy, a community school in Kawangware on the outskirts of Nairobi, serving children from underprivileged families. He is talking to Arnauld Akodjenou, UNHCR’s Special Advisor and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation. His precocious outlook belies his young age.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

20 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

Note by the Secretariat

19 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

Around the world, there are too many refugee children who haven’t just lost their homes, they’re also losing their futures every single day.

More than half of all the refugee children in the world – 3.5 million children – aren’t in school.

18 Sep 2017 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 48 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

• Plague in Madagascar

• Undiagnosed acute jaundice syndrome in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

• Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

• Hepatitis E in Chad

• Malaria in Burundi

18 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

Number of returnees: 2,173 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

Core Relief Items: 781 CRIs distributed to 576 households (2,180 returnees)

Reinstallation grants: 1,091 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

Shelters: 285 shelters constructed

Community-based projects: 2,570 beneficiaries

Update on achievements

18 Sep 2017 description

A unique training programme has changed how teachers teach and how students learn in Kakuma camp

By Catherine Wachiaya in Kakuma, Kenya

With more than 3,400 students, Unity Primary School would be a big job for any head teacher. When Yel Luka arrived a few weeks ago, however, he was equal to the role.

“Things have really changed here since Mr Luka joined us,” says Dario, a maths teacher. “The students come to school on time and they pay more attention during assembly and in class.”