South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December continues, with heavy fighting reported in the states of Jonglei and Unity, and sporadic clashes reported in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria. While numbers cannot be verified due to limited access, thousands of people have been killed or injured and reports indicate that civilians are being targeted in attacks, forcing an estimated 400,000 to flee, mostly internally. Meanwhile, peace talks continue in Ethiopia between the warring parties, but are stalling over the issue of the liberation of political detainees still in Juba’s custody.
Syria: The UNHCR said the number of refugees who have fled Syria now stands at around 2,379 million people. Intense fighting continues across the country with more reports of barrel bombs being used and rifts within rebel ranks increasing. Meanwhile, the main opposition National Coalition postponed a decision on whether to attend the Geneva II peace talks on January 22 for another week. Meanwhile, the first shipment of priority chemicals left Syria from Lattakia port, amidst pressure on Damascus from international organizations to speed up the process.
Central African Republic: Whilst a degree of calm has been restored to the capital Bangui, the risk of further violence and sectarian clashes remains, particularly in the surrounding and rural areas. Earlier in the week, Central African Republic's interim President Michel Djotodia and his prime minister both resigned following a two-day meeting in N’Djamena, Chad. New assessments indicated that 2.6 million people – over half of the country’s entire population – were now in immediate need of assistance.
Philippines: Shelter, food security and the provision of basic healthcare, remain major concerns across the areas affected by the Typhoon Yolanda. To date, over 14.1 million people are still considered to have been affected by the disaster while the rise of epidemics, notably dengue around Ormoc City in Leyte province, has been reported.
Updated: 14/01/2014 Next Update: 21/01/2014