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21 Feb 2018 description

21 February 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is profoundly concerned by the ongoing bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus by Syrian government forces. Reliable reports indicate that major roads, bakeries, and food warehouses have been deliberately targeted, and that several hospitals have also been hit. Hundreds have died, many more have been injured, and thousands of people are living in terror under threat of further bombardment. Damascus itself has also come under retaliatory fire, with neighborhoods hit with mortar shells.

21 Feb 2018 description

MSF calls on those with medical supplies in and around East Ghouta to urgently grant medics there access to those stocks

21 Feb 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight


Burkina Faso

15 January 2018: Update: An Australian humanitarian doctor kidnapped on 15 January 2016 continues to be held hostage by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Source: aOuaga

Central African Republic

21 Feb 2018 description


Arrivée le 9 février à Kinshasa, la nouvelle Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Mme Leila Zerrougui, poursuit ses consultations avec les autorités congolaises, la communauté diplomatique et les représentants de la société civile ainsi qu’avec le personnel de la MONUSCO et des fonds, agences et programmes des Nations Unies. Elle a aussi visité plusieurs sites de la MONUSCO où sont stationnés les troupes et les policiers de la Mission.

20 Feb 2018 description

February 20, 2018

Washington, D.C.- Over the past 48 hours, besieged East Ghouta has been subjected to an intense campaign of aerial bombardment, killing at least 250 civilians and injuring more than 460. The 400,000 besieged residents have experienced a barrage of airstrikes, barrel bombs, and surface-to-surface missiles, weapons known to cause disproportionate loss and injury to civilians.

20 Feb 2018 description


February 20, 2018 Geneva, Switzerland - Eight medical facilities were attacked today in Eastern Ghouta, for a total of 13 hospital attacks in 48 hours. Reports state there have been over 127 airstrikes today and countless mortars and artillery strikes. Barrel bombs, an illegal weapon which cause massive civilian casualties, have also been used. This has paralyzed the already crippled medical infrastructure in Ghouta. At least 200 civilians have been killed and over 700 wounded in the past two days. Many of the victims are women and children.

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Amman, 20 February 2018

I am appalled and distressed by reports of the horrifying attacks against six hospitals in East Ghouta over the past 48 hours, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries, and depriving thousands of men, women and children of basic health services in the besieged enclave.

These attacks are completely unacceptable. I remind all parties that attacks against medical facilities is prohibited under international humanitarian law (IHL). Any such intentional attacks may amount to war crimes.

20 Feb 2018 description
report CARE

Amman, 20 February 2018 – Syrian humanitarian organizations have halted the delivery of life-saving aid to thousands of people in besieged Eastern Ghouta, after the heavy bombardment of the area near Damascus this week, which has pushed civilians including aid workers into underground shelters, announced CARE today.

“The situation in Eastern Ghouta is more critical than ever.

Despite their resilience for years, people are giving up hope for survival.

20 Feb 2018 description


• Aid agencies provide assistance and protection to over 5.4 million of people in South Sudan.

• Renewed fighting in multiple locations of Jonglei and Unity forces thousands of people to flee their homes, with some crossing to Ethiopia as refugees.

• Funding appeal for US$1.5 billion launched to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

20 Feb 2018 description

- Projections for the coming leans season suggest food stocks from the ongoing harvest will last through April in South Kordofan and through March in Blue Nile. This leaves a substantial gap as the next harvest would begin, at earliest, in August.
- There remains little to no access to basic pediatric care or medical supplies in both South Kordofan and Blue Nile, putting the child population at elevated risk of death from treatable diseases.

19 Feb 2018 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. Par sa résolution 2387 (2017), le Conseil de sécurité a prorogé le mandat de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) jusqu’au 15 novembre 2018 et m’a prié de lui rendre compte de l’exécution de ce mandat tous les quatre mois. Le présent rapport est présenté en application de cette résolution.

II. Situation politique

19 Feb 2018 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. By its resolution 2387 (2017), the Security Council renewed the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 15 November 2018 and requested that I report on its implementation every four months. The present report is submitted pursuant to that resolution.

II. Political situation

19 Feb 2018 description



Unknown gunmen on 12 February ambushed three aid workers travelling in a vehicle in the northern Batangafo town, but released them hours later unharmed. Their vehicle was also recovered. Attacks against aid workers are frequent in the country where insecurity has significantly worsened over the past two years. Violence has forced hundreds of thousands more civilians to flee their homes and subjected them to extreme deprivation and hardship.

19 Feb 2018 description


• In December WFP, both directly and through partnerships, provided food assistance to 1.23 people (98 percent of the plan of the month) through in-kind distributions (77 percent) and cash-based transfers (23 percent) in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

18 Feb 2018 description


  • An estimated 61,000 individuals reportedly returned to Ar-Raqqa city since the end of hostilities in October 2017, however the number of returnees remains difficult to verify.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lansana Gberie, Africa Renewal

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 2018 (IPS) - Perhaps no major political or humanitarian disaster is as overlooked as the ongoing crisis in Libya. For example, although the New York Times in September 2017 published a total of seven articles mentioning Libya, only one of them touched on the violence ripping it apart. Even the Times’ gesture merely highlighted the latest permutation of the US government’s foreign military decisions.

16 Feb 2018 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) promotes a working environment free of harassment and abuse in countries where we operate. Our leadership has unequivocally committed to fight abuse and to reinforce mechanisms and procedures to prevent and address it. This includes enhancing grievance channels at all levels of the organization and supporting victims and complainants.

The integrity of our organization is upheld by the good conduct of each individual staff member, in any location, with full respect for the communities we serve.