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12 Jun 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

A total of 50,311 people are still displaced internally in April 2018 across the main regions of displacement Timbuktu, Gao, Menaka, and Segou, with an increase in new displacements registering an additional 1,484 IDPs in Mopti as a result of recent conflicts in the region.

27 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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  • The security situation in Yemen deteriorated in April with attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including a UNICEF constructed water system, and the tragic death of an international humanitarian aid worker. Further, this month 61 children were verified as killed and 67 children were maimed.

25 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Two million people at risk of becoming severely food insecure due to the ongoing drought.

• Humanitarian partners need US$115 million to respond to the needs of the 1.4 million most vulnerable people hit by the drought.

• REACH study sheds light on stark living conditions and lack of services in areas under control of armed groups.

• Health professionals call for universal access to health care on 7 April for World Health Day.

• Qatar is a new donor to the CHF-Afghanistan with a $2 million contribution

23 May 2018 description

Civilians were majority of casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2017. The report records a 15 per cent increase in casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017, compared to 2016.

22 May 2018 description

2017 was unprecedented in terms of the scale of disasters and conflicts that left millions of people in need. Despite the United Nations repeated calls on parties to conflict and Member States to protect civilians, and to stop direct and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and their vital infrastructure, many warring parties continue to flagrantly violate international humanitarian law with impunity.

22 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Afghan officials say unidentified insurgents have killed five mine disposal technicians and kidnapped one of the workers.

The attack happened Monday morning is southern Kandahar province.

A spokesman for the provincial police chief said the deminers were clearing an area for the multi-billion dollar TAPI pipeline project.

Earlier this year, the Taliban promised to cooperate with the project because of its importance for the country and has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

18 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4.3 million food insecure people from June.

  • The number of children at risk of acute malnutrition is revised upwards.

  • New displacements of people inside and outside the country.

  • More than 70 security incidents affecting humanitarians registered since the beginning of the year.

  • The humanitarian appeal funded only at 17 per cent in a context where humanitarian needs have increased.

11 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• SARG and GoRF reach local agreements with AOGs to evacuate AOG-controlled areas in Homs, Idlib, and Rif Damascus

• SARG completes military offensive in Eastern Ghouta following the displacement of 158,000 people since March 9

• Relief agencies continue to assist an estimated 44,000 Eastern Ghouta IDPs sheltering in Rif Damascus collective centers

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 May 2018 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • 4,3 millions de personnes en insécurité alimentaire dès juin.

  • Le nombre d’enfants à risque de malnutrition aiguë est revu à la hausse.

  • Nouveaux déplacements de personnes enregistrés à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur du pays.

  • Plus de 70 incidents sécuritaires affectant les humanitaires enregistrés depuis le début de l’année.

  • L’appel de fonds humanitaire financé qu’à 17 pour cent dans un contexte où les besoins humanitaires se sont accrus.

07 May 2018 description

BURKINA FASO

AID ORGANISATION DRIVER REPORTED MISSING

A Burkina Faso Red Cross driver was reported missing on 3 May in the northern Soum province. The driver had been travelling between Djibo and Arbinda towns. His vehicle has also gone missing. Humanitarian access has been significantly hampered in Burkina Faso’s northern region since November 2017 due to armed attacks and military operations. More than 950,000 people, a third of them in the northern Sahel region, require urgent relief assistance across the country.

27 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• As of February 2018, some 49,771 people remain internally displaced in Mopti, Gao, Menaka and Timbuktu, representing an increase since December 2017, attributable to a resurgence in communal violence and armed conflict in northern Mali.

• The malnutrition situation in 2018 is likely to be worse than estimated at the end of 2017, with a projected 274,000 children at risk to face severe acute conditions. In January and February 2018, over 14,000 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition.

17 Apr 2018 description

TOP LINE CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Humanitarian needs remain staggering in terms of scale, severity and complexity:

Against the continued backdrop of high levels of violence and systemic violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL), no amount of humanitarian assistance and protection services can offset the lack of a political solution.

12 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After one year on the job, the Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer speaks about the huge disparities he sees, aid worker security and his personal commitment to Afghanistan.

  • While the number of mine casualties is on the rise, funding for mine action in Afghanistan dropped by 65 per cent over the past five years.

  • ACBAR’s Twinning Program successfully teams up international and national NGOs to build capacities to the benefit of both counterparts.

06 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The UN conducts humanitarian assessment mission to Ar Raqqah city for the first time since October 2017

• Conflict in Eastern Ghouta kills more than 1,600 people and displaces 133,000 others since mid-February

• Operation Olive Branch displaces more than 137,000 people since January 20 • WFP resumes operations in northeastern Syria following a one-month suspension

KEY DEVELOPMENTS