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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot, 20 - 26 January 2016

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Burundi: As the security situation continues to deteriorate, the UN Security Council has expressed concern over possible mass atrocities and ethnic violence. Clashes continues in several areas of the country. Burundian refugees in DRC expressed fears over possible cross-border attacks by government forces.

Sudan: Fighting in Jebel Marra has intensified between government forces and one of Darfur’s main armed groups: heavy artillery gunfire and bombings have been ongoing for nearly two weeks. Local media report that up to 100,000 people have fled their homes. Most people are reported to be hiding in caves in the mountains. Road closures imposed by armed groups are preventing people from reaching IDP camps.

DRC: Over 300 people have been admitted for treatment for acute watery diarrhoea in Ikela health zone in Tshuapa, which has caused at least 18 deaths. The local hospital is running out of medicine. Fizi health zone, in Sud-Kivu, has been reporting a rapid increase in cholera cases since mid-December, which could spread quickly through Burundian refugee camps. Relations between Burundian refugees and host communities in Uvira, Sud-Kivu are worsening as fighters from the Burundian National Forces of Liberation (FNL) have reportedly entered the territory.

Updated: 26/01/2016. Next update: 02/02/2016.

See the Crisis Overview 2015: Humanitarian Trends and Risks 2016, ACAPS' overview of long-term trends in humanitarian needs for major crises, and scenarios outlining their potential evolution in 2016.

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