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18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

18 Oct 2017 description

Abyei, 18 October 2017 -- The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is deeply concerned about the recent spate of attacks on civilians within Abyei Area which has resulted in the loss of innocent civilians lives.

18 Oct 2017 description

Needs Analysis
- During the 3rd quarter of the year, response to newly displaced populations continued, and with increased access to areas in Jebel Marra and South Kordofan state, sector partners were able to conduct assessments to identify ES/NFI needs of populations that had received no assistance for a number of years.
- With more stability observed in many parts of Darfur, the number of returnees also continued to increase, both IDPs and refugees from across the border in Chad.

17 Oct 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.

17 Oct 2017 description

Recommendations for the Security Council and Member States On October 31, 2017, the UN Security Council will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC), to take place under France’s Presidency. At the Debate, the Secretary-General (SG) will present his annual report on CAC (A/72/361–S/2017/821) pursuant to SCR 2225 (2015), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

East Darfur has seen a surge in malaria cases. The hospital in the state capital receives between 50 to 70 cases each day.

On Monday, a medical source at Ed Daein Hospital told Radio Dabanga that 50 to 70 new malaria victims visit the hospital on a daily basis. “Let alone the number of malaria patients in other clinics in the state.”

A doctor at the Ed Daein emergency department reported that the there are cases of normal type malaria, in addition to cases of cerebral malaria that affects the brain. “Of this type we receive between 10 to 12 cases a day.”

17 Oct 2017 description

On 15 October 2017, UNAMID officially handed over its team site in Tulus, South Darfur, to the Government of Sudan.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Oxfam

Plus de 335 000 personnes continuent de souffrir de la faim dans la région du Lac, au Tchad, où seulement dix médecins travaillent actuellement et où la communauté internationale n'a financé que 40 millions de dollars sur un appel humanitaire de 121 millions de dollars.

« Aujourd´hui, Journée Mondiale de l´Alimentation, 200.000 enfants souffrent de malnutrition et il n'y a que dix médecins présents dans toute la région du lac Tchad », dit Elkana Mooh, directeur d´Oxfam au Tchad

16 Oct 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 16, 2017 (EL-FASHER) - The former rebel group Sudan Liberation Movement led by Nour al-Din Zorgi (SLM-Zorgi) has suspended the peace accord signed with the government of North Darfur in protest against the slow pace of implementation of the agreement.

In February 2016, Sudanese government signed a peace deal with breakaway commanders from Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel-Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) including Nour al-Din Zorgi and Salih Adam Ishag allowing them to join Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

16 Oct 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

The number of South Sudanese refugees in East Darfur now exceeds 110,000, and the flow is expected to increase, according to Ibrahim Musa Ali, the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner for East Darfur.

In a press statement last week, Commissioner Ali says that the Government of East Darfur has taken tight security and health measures at the crossing points used by South Sudanese refugees as the flow is expected to increase in conjunction with the harvest season.

16 Oct 2017 description

On 12 October 2017, UNAMID Human Rights Section, in collaboration with the Office of the General Prosecutor for Darfur Crimes, concluded a two-day workshop on the role of transitional and criminal justice in achieving peace. The workshop was held in El Fasher, North Darfur. Some 30 participants, including prosecutors, judges, police, lawyers, civil society organizations and representatives of transitional justice mechanisms attended the event.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 15, 2017 (EL-FASHER) - The locality of El-Fasher, North Darfur capital said next Thursday would be the last day for the voluntary handover of illegal arms before the start of the forcible collection of weapons.

The commissioner of El-Fasher locality Al-Tijani Abdallah Salih Sunday told reporters that they have assigned three centres for the voluntary handover of weapons within the locality.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Dozens of Sudanese families refugees in Chad have recently returned to West Darfur state, announced the commissioner for voluntary return on Sunday

Darfur Commissioner for Voluntary Return, Taj al-din Ibrahim al-Tahir, said dozens of families that were in eastern Chad returned and resettled to Beida area in the state of West Darfur.

Al-Tahir said the Office of Voluntary Return is working in coordination with the state authorities to provide the needed support to the returnees.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Oxfam

More than 335,000 people continue to go hungry in the Lake Region of Chad – a place where only ten doctors are currently working and the international community has only funded $40m of a $121m humanitarian appeal.

“Today, on World Food Day, more than 200,000 children in the Lake Region of Chad are suffering from some form of malnutrition,” said Oxfam’s Chad country director Elkana Mooh.

15 Oct 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

October 14, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - An Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak in Sudan has killed 800 people since a year ago, according to the latest update from WHO and the Sudanese ministry of health.

The Sudanese government denies a cholera epidemic and insists that it is an infection spread through contaminated food, drinking water, or person-to-person as a result of poor hygiene.

According to the WHO, the Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water that is contaminated with bacterium Vibrio cholera.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

Despite global hunger levels falling, one in nine worldwide still face hunger. Here are the ‘ten hungriest’ countries according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index.

13 Oct 2017 description
  • Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 883,546 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 September 2017.

  • Since January 2017, 100,034 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (over 73,000), Eritrea (over. 18,000) and Somalia (over 6,500).

  • Ethiopia is a pilot country for the CRRF and works closely with Government and partners to improve the lives of refugees and host communities.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

11 Oct 2017 description

KHARTOUM, 10th October, 2017 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign has concluded its work in the Sudanese villages with the treatment of more than 1,000 women and children, as part of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Volunteer Programme.

The programme is a joint initiative of the Zayed Giving Initiative and the General Women's Union, an embodiment of their distinct partnership in the field of humanitarian work.

11 Oct 2017 description
report ACTED

Au Tchad, l’insécurité alimentaire touche aujourd’hui plus de 2,3 millions de personnes, dont plus de 380 000 sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire sévère. Prises au piège entre crises politiques, sécuritaires et climatiques, les populations du Batha Est, une région souvent oubliée de la bande sahélienne, font face à des risques aigus de sous-nutrition et de malnutrition. ACTED est la seule ONG internationale encore présente dans la région, mobilisée jusque dans les zones les plus reculées pour apporter une aide humanitaire aux plus vulnérables.