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20 Feb 2018 description

About 190 have died since the bombing intensified late on Sunday and 850 have been injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

BEIRUT, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.

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report The Conversation

The Conversation Kevin Winter, Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

20 Feb 2018 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Improving or stabalized areas: In five of the 23 Arid and SemiArid Land (ASAL) counties, the drought trend is improving while the trend is stable in nine other counties. Areas of the country are still struggling in the aftermath of the 2017 challenges where Kenya faced multiple humanitarian challenges which included severe drought, disease outbreaks, refugee influx, flash flooding, industrial strikes by health workers, resource-based conflict and elections-related insecurity.

20 Feb 2018 description

Situation update

• Since the last update (of 9 February 2018), no new suspect human RVF cases have been reported in Yirol East. However, two alerts were reported during the week, but the case-based details were not available at the time of writing this update.

• There are currently no suspect human cases on admission in Yirol East.

• Human RVF alerts in Eastern Lakes have continued on a steady decline in the last four weeks.

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Key Facts

as of 15 February 2018 UAC Shelters (transit and longterm)

  • Current: 48 UAC shelters with total 1,115 places. (increased from 423 places in March 2016)

  • Planned: new shelter with total 15 new places

Safe Zones* (short-term) - Current: 10 Safe Zones for UAC with total 300 places.

Hotels** (short-term)

  • Current: 4 Hotels for UAC with total 240 places.
20 Feb 2018 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:43 GMT

An outbreak of drug-resistant typhoid that began in Hyderabad in Pakistan in November 2016 is still spreading

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant "superbug" strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.

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20 Feb 2018 description

Syria. Sector partners continue to help Syrians get back on their feet

Six years since the onset of the crisis, sector partners remain at the disposal of the most vulnerable members of the population and continue to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining non-food items support. This child from eastern Homs governorate is among the thousands of people with specific needs whom the sector continued to target and prioritize in 2017.

Life Saving and Sustaining Support

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Introduction

Kenya currently hosts 490,000 refugees, making it the 10th largest refugee-hosting country in the world and the 4th largest in Africa, following Uganda, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).3 Most of its refugees are from Somalia but it also hosts refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC, and Sudan. Its refugees are concentrated in three main locations: the Dadaab camps, the Kakuma camp, and Nairobi.

20 Feb 2018 description

by Reuters
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:55 GMT

Libya's western coastline is the main departure point for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea to seek better lives

TRIPOLI, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Libyan coastguard said 324 migrants were picked up on Monday trying to leave the North African country on board two rubber boats.

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20 Feb 2018 description

Iraq

There are 3.3 million IDP returnees in Iraq compared with 2.4 million IDPs. Health, protection and shelter needs are the key humanitarian concerns facing these population groups.

20 Feb 2018 description

Published on a bi-weekly basis, the Displacement Event Tracker reports on incidents related to IDPs, returnees and migrants, especially in regards to large population movement updates.

20 Feb 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Chris Changwe Nshimbi, Deputy Director & Research Fellow, University of Pretoria

20 Feb 2018 description

Multilateral peace operations are increasingly confronting a set of interrelated and mutually reinforcing security challenges that are relatively new to them, that do not respect borders, and that have causes and effects which cut right across the international security, peacebuilding and development agendas. Organized crime provides one of the most prominent examples of these ‘non-traditional’ security challenges.

20 Feb 2018 description

Renowned Liberian Diplomat and Advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs, H. E. Ambassador George W. Wallace, Jnr., has hailed the deployment of 20 ECOWAS volunteers from four countries to Liberia to share knowledge and expertise with their Liberian counterparts as a show of African solidarity and fraternity.

Ambassador Wallace told the gathering that Liberians will forever remain proud and grateful to the volunteers and to their various governments.

20 Feb 2018 description

OVERVIEW

MIGRANT BASELINE

In the 17th round of DTM Libya data collection taking place in January and February 2018, IOM identified 704,142 migrants in Libya. Migrants were identified in 99 baladiyas and 551 muhallas and originating from up to 40 countries.

In addition to those identified in urban and rural settings migrants in Libya were also recorded in detention centers. Based on DTM’s latest data, the number of migrants in Libya’s Detention Centers is 4,443 individuals (15/02/18)*.

20 Feb 2018 description

The European Commission has mobilised its emergency assistance tools following significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in the South Pacific, in particular the islands of Tonga.