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13 Feb 2012 description
report Inter Press Service
By Kristin Palitza NOUAKCHOTT , Feb 10, 2012 (IPS) - Mariem Mint Ahmedou sits cross-legged on a worn-out carpet in a basic tent built with mud bricks and layers of sewn-together fabric. Her eight-month-old twins, Hussein and Hassan, lie weakly against her body. Both of them have been malnourished...
11 Feb 2012 description
I. Key Messages The intensifying assault by Government forces upon Homs, as well as other towns and cities including Zabadani, Dara and Al-Rastan, increases the risk of a humanitarian crisis in Syria. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed since the beginning of the month, and thousands...
10 Feb 2012 description
Posted by Jérémie Labbé In recent weeks, the United Nations, the European Union, and a number of international humanitarian agencies warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in the semi-arid region of the Sahel—notably in parts of Niger, Mali, Chad, and Mauritania—due to a rapidly...
10 Feb 2012 description
10 February 2012 – Stephen Spratt On Monday the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and IDS hosted a workshop on food price volatility and financial markets. We posed three questions: 1. Why does volatility matter? 2. What impact, if any, do financial speculators have? 3. What, if anything,...
10 Feb 2012 description
report El Universo
Algunos habitantes de los sectores inundados de Chone han optado por utilizar sus refrigeradoras como botes salvavidas, esto luego del desbordamiento del río homónimo del cantón, que deja bajo el agua a cerca del 80 % del poblado manabita. En el cantón solo existen 2 botes de la Defensa Civil...
10 Feb 2012 description
CHF 129,179 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,000 families (5,000 beneficiaries) living in rural areas affected by the unusual cold wave since the end of January. Unearmarked funds...
10 Feb 2012 description
The UN refugee agency is seeking $145 million in additional funds to help refugees fleeing fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states into Ethiopia and South Sudan. The amount is meant to cover the needs of up to 185,000 Sudanese refugees in the two countries. Since June 2011, heavy...
10 Feb 2012 description
report IRIN
DAKAR, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) - While it is clear that Senegal was one of the eight Sahelian countries to be hit by poor rains in 2011, unlike most of its neighbours, the government has not yet declared that parts of certain regions are suffering drought conditions. This low-profile approach is...
10 Feb 2012 description
HIGHLIGHTS Thousands remain displaced in flood-affected areas and many have returned home to little or nothing. Further funding is needed to assist flood-affected families. More than 4,800 families displaced from Khyber Agency to Jalozai camp due to security operations are receiving humanitarian...
10 Feb 2012 description
UNSMIL has expressed its serious concerns to the authorities about an incident involving attacks against Tawerga IDPs on the morning of 6 February at the IDP camp at Janzur Marine Academy, near Tripoli. Based on direct interviews with witnesses and injured victims, UNSMIL is now able to confirm that...
09 Feb 2012 description
report IRIN
LILONGWE/JOHANNESBURG, 9 February 2012 (IRIN) - Malawi's maize-growing central and southern regions have not had good rains, prompting concerns about possible shortages of the staple in the coming months. "I think it could be one of the worst shortages we have seen in recent times,"...
09 Feb 2012 description
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This LRA Crisis Tracker Annual Security Brief provides a summary and analysis of the reported activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from January - December 2011 in Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo), South Sudan, and Central African Republic (CAR). The LRA reportedly...
09 Feb 2012 description
First increase in six months 9 February 2012, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index rose by nearly two percent or four points from December to January – its first increase since July 2011. Prices of all the commodity groups in the index registered gains last month with oils increasing the most,...
09 Feb 2012 description
CHF 196,831 has been allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 800 families (4,000 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged. Summary: The weather in Lesotho has recently been...
09 Feb 2012 description
We are pleased to share with you a new report Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth: Guidance for Nonformal Education and Livelihoods Development Policy and Practice. Displaced youth have historically fallen through the cracks of humanitarian services and programming. This report synthesizes...
09 Feb 2012 description
INTRODUCTION We first heard sounds of ‘hababil’ (helicopters) getting closer, and we saw them and some planes flying over the village. First they flew over the village without shooting or bombing. Then they came back from the eastern side and started the attack. Displaced Zaghawa civilian,...
09 Feb 2012 description
report UN News Service
8 February 2012 – The United Nations and the League of Arab States are considering sending a joint observer mission to Syria to try to end the crisis engulfing the Middle East country, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning today that recent attacks against civilians in the city of Homs were...
08 Feb 2012 description
By Tapiwa Gomo in Mozambique The local authorities in Namacurra in Zambezia Province, Mozambique are appealing for urgent humanitarian assistance following the tropical cyclone Funso which hit the coastal areas of the province in the districts of Nicoadala, Pebane, Maganja da Costa, Namacurra,...
08 Feb 2012 description
Despite political progress and, in some places, relative calm, Yemen as a whole remains in the grip of turmoil. Violence continues to disrupt the lives of ordinary people and efforts undertaken to help them. The ICRC, with clear priorities, is determined to improve people's lives. Yemen's...
08 Feb 2012 description
High levels of food insecurity in South Sudan FAO-WFP report says poor harvests, price hikes, conflict, displacement worsen hunger 8 February 2012, Juba/Rome - Millions of people in South Sudan will face hunger this year if urgent action is not taken, according to a joint report issued by the Food...