Global Emergency Overview Weekly Picks, 13 February 2018
The humanitarian situation for the Rohingya population in Rakhine state remains highly concerning. Civilians face restricted movement and people are regularly denied access to fields, coastal waters, rivers and markets. This leads to food shortages and risk of starvation. Livestock theft is also reported which further aggravates food insecurity.
Abductions, targeting mainly girls and young women, continue to be reported. As people flee due to fear and hunger they are often arrested at checkpoints where they particularly vulnerable to physical violence, including sexual and gender based violence.
Escalation of fighting has compounded humanitarian needs in Eastern Ghouta (Rural Damascus) and Afrin (Aleppo).
In Eastern Ghouta airstrikes have left parts of the population sheltering in critical conditions with no access to electricity or water. Local aid workers have been targeted by airstrikes and international assistance has been blocked since November.
In Afrin, up to 30,000 people have been displaced since January due to fighting and airstrikes. IDPs report food, water, health, shelter and NFI needs. Civilians are unable to leave Afrin and remain exposed to ongoing violence.
Over 22,000 DRC refugees crossed Lake Albert to seek safety in Uganda last week, following increased attacks against civilian populations in Ituri province.
The total number of arrivals in Uganda from DRC has now increased to 34,000 since the beginning of 2018. People are using small canoes or overcrowded boats to cross the lake: at least four people have drowned and those who arrive need urgent assistance, including water, food, medical equipment, and shelter.
Information gap on displacement related to Cameroon's Anglophone crisis
Tensions in Cameroon's Anglophone regions, which started in late 2016, increased further following the extradition of the secessionist's leaders from Nigeria to Cameroon at the end of January.
Escalation of violence resulted in over 33,000 people fleeing in neighbouring Nigeria and several thousands being internally displaced.
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Next GEO updated on Tuesday 20 February 2018