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24 Oct 2018 description
report UN Security Council

CS/13549
23 OCTOBRE 2018
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
8378E SÉANCE – MATIN

Depuis le déploiement de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) en 2014, des progrès ont été accomplis pour « éteindre les flammes du conflit intercommunautaire dévastateur » qui ravageait ce pays, même si le Gouvernement et le peuple centrafricains ont plus que jamais besoin du soutien de la Mission, dont le mandat devrait être prorogé d’ici au 15 novembre prochain.

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HIGHLIGHTS

• Post-gu assessment indicates improved food security conditions across Somalia

• Armed groups attack civilians, recruit children, and restrict relief operations

• Forced evictions impact approximately 204,000 people in 2018

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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  1. 22 10 2018, début d’un mouvement d’humeur illimité des agents de la Garde de sécurité pénitentiaire (GSP) du Burkina Faso, pour exiger l’amélioration de leurs conditions de vie et de travail. Pendant le temps de ce mouvement d’humeur, il n’y aura, ni escorte, ni convoie, ni réception de détenus dans les établissements pénitentiaires ou palais de justice pour être jugés ou pour être entendus.

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Background

The Lake Chad Basin humanitarian emergency is among the most severe in the world. The protracted conflict has uprooted around 2.5 million people, stoked high levels of hunger and malnutrition, and subjected millions of civilians to extreme hardship. Insecurity is hampering the resumption of normal life, leaving conflict-affected families dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

Recent Developments

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Developments last week included several highly lethal attacks in both Nigeria and Somalia. Both countries remain the most active countries in Africa in the ACLED dataset, representing nearly one third of the total number of organised violence events and half of the number of fatalities recorded so far in 2018.

23 Oct 2018 description

Even before the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), communities in this province of over five million inhabitants had already been weakened and rendered vulnerable by an armed conflict that has lasted for 20 years. If this Ebola epidemic is not contained quickly, it will be devastating for those communities. A combination of donor funding for rapid response and availability of specialists willing to take on the challenge—such as Jamie LeSueur, IFRC’s head of Ebola response operation—is essential.

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TCHAD

DES ORGANISATIONS HUMANITAIRES SUSPENDENT LEURS ACTIVITÉS À CAUSE DE L’INSÉCURITÉ

23 Oct 2018 description

CHAD

AID GROUPS SUSPEND WORK OVER INSECURITY

Six aid organizations have suspended operations following a series of attacks in late September in Bol and Baga-Sola areas of the western Lac region. Thirteen people were killed and five kidnapped in seven separate attacks.
The assailants also stole cattle and other property. The surge in attacks is likely to further restrict humanitarian access. The Multinational Joint Task Force is reinforcing presence to counter the armed raiders.

DR CONGO

23 Oct 2018 description

Incheon – Last year, a total of 313 humanitarian workers were attacked in the field, according to the UN Aid Workers Security Report.

To enhance aid workers’ awareness of their personal security and safety, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, offers a training programme on how to respond to various security challenges for people deployed to hostile environments.

23 Oct 2018 description

Le Ministère de la Santé et l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) ont condamné lundi 22 octobre une attaque survenue le samedi 20 octobre en soirée à Beni, dans la Commune de Ruwenzori, attribuée à des miliciens. Ces violences, selon les sources proches de la Société civile de Beni ont causé la mort d’au moins une dizaine de civils.

23 Oct 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • In response to the re-classification of South Sudan to “very high risk” from “high risk”, the WCO South Sudan has deployed members of staff to the prioritized states of Yambio, Yei, Torit (Nimule) and Wau to strengthen the EVD preparedness coordination with partners on ground and the national task force in Juba.

  • The WHO Representative to South Sudan, Dr Olushayo Olu led a team to Yambio to reinforce the WHO’s leadership in EVD preparedness activities in the state.

23 Oct 2018 description

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (IRCS) _ Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), and Mr. Peter Maurer, President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), met in Tehran on October 21, to discuss collaborations between the organizations, especially in international humanitarian activities.

23 Oct 2018 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A top U.N. adviser has urged the global body to put victims at the heart of its efforts to combat sexual harassment, saying it had to do more than pay lip service to zero tolerance.

Purna Sen said the United Nations too often sidelined victims in favour of technocrats, citing the current practice of sharing the outcome of internal investigations only with the suspect - and not the complainant.

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 346 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 183 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 16 countries in the Americas between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 114 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 16 countries in Europe between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 657 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 10 countries in East Africa between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).

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infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 663 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 12 countries and territories in the MENA region between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).