By Ciaran Gallagher
The UN has warned that Yemen is facing potentially “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.
More than five million people are at immediate risk of starvation with the UN estimating that an additional 8 million are at risk in the short to medium term.
Lise Grande of the UN this week said: “We predict that we could be looking at 12 to 13 million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from the lack of food.”
End the war
The debate surrounding cash assistance in conflict is back on the agenda this week, as Cash Week 2018 gets under way in London.
The dependence of many African economies on a few mineral commodities exposes them to a number of risks, including economic instability, conflict and damaging environmental effects.
Structural, institutional and regulatory reforms are needed to break the mineral dependence and promote economic diversification.
George Adu and John Bosco Dramani, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.
I. Situation Overview
ESCALATED ARMED CONFLICT IN AL HUDAYDAH GOVERNORATE
13 August 2018: In Ngo-Ketunjia division, Northwest province, an arson attack of unknown origin completely destroyed the administrative building of the Government Bilingual High School Ndop. Source: Cameroon-Info
27 August 2018: In Sikensi town, Lagunes district, a group of men armed with Kalashnikovs and dressed in military fatigues attacked and looted a school before tying up and beating a member of staff.
Since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine and the partition of the Donbas region in 2014, more than one million people have been registered as internally displaced in the government controlled areas of the country. Ongoing fighting and the impact of the conflict on livelihoods and employment have pushed hundreds of thousands from their homes, greatly affecting the population dynamics of eastern Ukraine as a whole.
The recent influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda has reignited debate about the country’s refugee policy and, with it, discussions on the extent to which the “Ugandan model” can be implemented in other countries in Africa and around the world. Given the growing numbers of refugees globally, and the momentum surrounding the global compact on refugees and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), these are vital discussions.
On 7 October, presidential elections in Cameroon were accompanied by electoral related violence in the anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest. The new violence is likely to have displaced more people, which would add to the estimated number of 246,000 that were displaced as of August 2018 since the beginning of the crisis in 2017. The newly displaced are likely to be in need of food, shelter, health and wash assistance.
Anticipated scope and scale
- Since the beginning of October, the Northern Department of La Guajira has been severely affected by heavy rain. According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 64 565 people (some 12 913 families) have been affected. The Regional Government has declared a state of emergency. President Ivan Duque visited the affected area on Saturday 13 October.