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25 Sep 2018 description
report UN News Service

Mayen is South Sudanese. He was forced to flee his home when the conflict started in 2013. Five years later, his voice is resonating in one of the conference rooms of United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly.

25 Sep 2018 description


Ebola response activities were temporarily suspended in the city of Beni (Nord-Kivu) after an attack by the ADF that killed 14 civilians on 22 September.

A general strike was declared two days later to protest insecurity in Beni, where violent clashes have **forced 40% of the population to flee **over the last six months.

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25 Sep 2018 description



The conflict in the country’s North-Western and South-Western regions has gravely affected learning. In one of the latest incidents, armed elements on 16 September attacked a school outside Buea, the capital of South-West region.

24 Sep 2018 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the northeastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday.

22 Sep 2018 description
report IRIN

The Irish NGO GOAL has suspended food voucher distributions in Syria’s troubled Idlib region since February as donor concerns widen about delivering aid in areas controlled by extremist groups. A GOAL spokesperson confirmed it had “paused” the initiative but did not offer details of the move, which has not been previously reported.

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22 Sep 2018 description
report UN Security Council


Conseil de sécurité
8359e séance - après-midi

Profondément indigné par le fait que les civils constituent la vaste majorité des victimes des situations de conflit armé, le Conseil de sécurité a, aujourd’hui, réaffirmé que leur protection dans ce contexte est l’une de ses priorités absolues, même si la responsabilité principale à cet égard incombe au premier chef aux parties au conflit et aux États, les gouvernements devant respecter et garantir les droits de l’homme de leurs citoyens.

21 Sep 2018 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
8359th Meeting (PM)

The Security Council expressed its outrage today over the fact that civilians continue to account for the vast majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict, and over its short- and long-term impact on them, from forced displacement to sexual and gender-based violence.

21 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Since the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the opposition groups on 5 August in Khartoum, incidents of armed conflict have reduced significantly. However, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) has accused government and SPLA-iO pro-Machar forces of violating the Permanent Ceasefire, following reported clashes in Unity and Bringi on 19 and 21 August, respectively.

21 Sep 2018 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA), a été marquée par des cas de braquages ayant entrainé la suspension temporaire des activités humanitaires à Bouca et Batangafo, au nord et à Kouango au centre. Des déplacements de population ont été enregistrés à Kouango, suite à la présence d’hommes armés. Toutefois les acteurs humanitaires poursuivent l’assistance multisectorielle en faveur des personnes affectées.
La rentrée scolaire a eu lieu le 17 septembre.

Suspension temporaire des activités humanitaires

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

190,320 people food insecure

532,095 people highly vulnerable at risk to food insecurity

USD 7.7 million net funding requirements for the next 6 months (Aug. 2018 – Jan. 2019)

17,765 people assisted in July

Operational Updates

19 Sep 2018 description

Despite insecurity and access problems, DACAAR achieved all its planned targets for 2017. We invite you to read this brief overview and the 2017 Annual Report here.

The goal of publishing this Annual Report is sharing DACAAR’s achievements and challenges with donors, governments, national and international partners and the humanitarian community.

19 Sep 2018 description

In November 2017 a series of security incidents forced Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to evacuate our team from Bangassou, Central African Republic (CAR), and suspend activities in the area for five months. In April 2018, our team returned to the city. Assistant Medical Coordinator Dr Ernest Lualuali Ibongu has been working in Bangassou since April 2017, where he experienced the temporary suspension of activities and their resumption. Here, he describes the situation.

What was the situation in Bangassou when you first arrived?

19 Sep 2018 description

ROME – Yemen has witnessed ferocious armed clashes, and a sharp deterioration of the security situation in Hodeidah and other cities across Yemen in recent days. Conflict, widespread economic hardship and currency devaluations are similarly affecting millions of innocent Yemenis and the public are protesting over soaring food prices.

18 Sep 2018 description

The Honduran Red Cross was unable to conduct this operation because the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) floods operation coincided with Honduras’s general elections on 26 November 2017 to elect its president, legislators and mayors for the next four years; this election marked the first time a president was up for reelection, which led to many demonstrations, marches and parades during the period leading up to the election due to conflicting opinions among Hondurans about this process.

18 Sep 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight



10 August 2018: In Bamenda city, Mezam department, Northwest province, an ambulance belonging to the Bamenda Regional Hospital was shot at by either national military personnel or Ambazonian fighters, seriously wounding a nurse, and slightly injuring the driver. Source: Cameroon-Info

Côte d’Ivoire