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20 Oct 2011 description
report UN News Service
19 October 2011 – A United Nations expert today called for a two-pronged approach to tackle the food crisis in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging the international community to step up its efforts to provide aid to the country and the Government to overcome its flaws in its food...
20 Oct 2011 description
Civilians bear the brunt of decades of violence and abuses Local and foreign armed groups in the CAR are still killing, abducting, torturing and raping civilians, as well as burning houses and looting property, Amnesty International said in a report released today. The report Central African...
19 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN
Dakar, 19 October 2011 (IRIN) - Guyana, Thailand, Botswana, South Africa, Poland and Sudan share something in common: they all committed to the Horn of Africa drought appeal. Higher up the scale, with multi-million dollar pledges, were China (US$63 million); Saudi Arabia ($60 million); Brazil ($32...
19 Oct 2011 description
report AlertNet
By George Fominyen DAKAR (AlertNet) - Niger is at the cusp of another food crisis as erratic rains and insect attacks on crops have caused crop failure in several parts of the West African nation, authorities have warned. President Mahamadou Issoufou has called on the international community to...
19 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN
LONDRES, 19 octobre 2011 (IRIN) - La malnutrition représente un énorme problème à l'échelle mondiale. C'est le cas en particulier de la malnutrition chronique, cette forme de faim quotidienne et durable qui retarde la croissance des enfants et signifie qu'ils ne réaliseront jamais...
19 Oct 2011 description
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES Parts of the country are experiencing heavy rains. About 1,000 households have reportedly been displaced by rains, which are also blocking roads and further limiting access to affected populations. Humanitarian organisations are scaling up to address increasing needs...
19 Oct 2011 description
19 Oct 2011 06:23 MANILA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Deadly fighting between Philippine soldiers and a group of Muslim separatists has forced thousands of people to flee their homes on southern Mindanao island and created a new problem for stalled peace talks to end the long-running insurgency. Twenty...
19 Oct 2011 description
Arms trade to Middle East and North Africa shows failure of export controls The USA, Russia and European countries supplied large quantities of weapons to repressive governments in the Middle East and North Africa before this year’s uprisings despite having evidence of a substantial risk that...
19 Oct 2011 description
report UN News Service
18 October 2011 – The United Nations today voiced deep concern over the devastating floods in Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam and offered to assist the affected countries to respond to the disaster that has claimed hundreds of lives and caused heavy damage to property and...
19 Oct 2011 description
report Save the Children
Close to a quarter of a million children are missing school because of the recent flooding that has taken place in Cambodia. Heavy monsoonal rains have caused extensive flooding across 17 of the country’s provinces and forced the closure of over 1,000 schools - many of which may not open until...
18 Oct 2011 description
Women and girls captured by LRA in northern Uganda struggle to settle back into former villages, while their children, often fathered by rebels, face complete rejection. By Arthur Okot, Gillian Lamunu, Bill Oketch - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 305, 18 Oct 11 Agnes was abducted by...
18 Oct 2011 description
CHF 210,710 is being allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 families (42,000 beneficiaries) for three months. Summary: Inhabitants of the Mekong Delta region in Viet Nam have been...
18 Oct 2011 description
The UN Human Rights office estimates as many as 7,000 people are being held in detention in Libya presenting the interim administration with one of its most pressing and complex challenges. This assessment from Mona Rishmawi, the Chief of Rule of Law Branch at the UN Human Rights office follows a...
18 Oct 2011 description
17 October 2011 – With winter approaching, the top Afghan agricultural official said more than the usual 30 per cent of the population is expected to fall under the poverty line due to a poor harvest spurred by dry conditions, rising food prices and instability. “Afghanistan harvested 28 per...
18 Oct 2011 description
report The Irrawaddy
As much of central Thailand remains under water in the country's worst floods in decades, thousands of Burmese migrant workers left stranded by the disaster are making their way back to Burma. Many of the affected migrants are crossing the Thai-Burmese border at Mae Sot-Myawaddy, where...
18 Oct 2011 description
FAST FACTS The population of Gaza is 1.6 million, with over 50% under 18. 38% of Gazans live in poverty. 26% of the Gazan workforce, including 38% of youths, is unemployed. The average wage declined by over 20% in the past six years. 54% of Gazans are food insecure and over 75% are aid...
18 Oct 2011 description
UNHCR condemns the deportation yesterday (Monday) of over 300 Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees by Sudan. The asylum-seekers and refugees were convicted on charges of illegal entry and movement within Sudan, under national immigration laws. The group had been detained for the several weeks in...
18 Oct 2011 description
HIGHLIGHTS Access to water and sanitation continues to deteriorate in IDP camps Torrential rains in September and October lead to more cholera outbreaks Food insecurity affects one in two Haitians CHOLERA RESPONSE More rain brings more cholera outbreaks Despite an overall downward trend...
18 Oct 2011 description
ECA Press Release No. 126/2011 Addis Ababa, 17 October 2011 (ECA) - The UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, has reiterated his support for adaptation as Africa’s foremost strategy to tackle the multiple effects of...
18 Oct 2011 description
Persistent rains brought by Tropical Depression 12E have hit thousands of Guatemalan families with widespread flooding and landslides all over the country. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Committee for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) started the distribution of 10 metric tons of...