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Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 20, 2011.
· The overall security situation in Côte d’Ivoire continues to improve, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), though insecurity persists in some western areas, hindering returns of displaced populations. OCHA reported recent security incidents in the Abidjan neighborhoods of Yopougon and Abobo, and humanitarian access to parts of Yopougon, a neighborhood heavily affected by the conflict, remains limited.
By Katrin Piazza
KIGALI, Rwanda, 27 May 2011 – At the Lake Muhazi Centre, an hour’s drive from the Rwandan capital, 30 adolescent boys have come together for a three-month course that offers counselling, education, recreational activities and vocational training. These are not your average young men – they used to be child soldiers in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Today, with help from the UNICEF-supported Commission for Demobilization, they are on the road to living a normal life with their long-lost families.
Life among soldiers
This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Libya. It covers the period from 26 to 30 May. The next report will be issued on or around 2 June.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
• A mission to Tripoli led by the Humanitarian Coordinator including IOM, OCHA, UNDSS, UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO and WFP is conducting needs assessments and will discuss the delivery of humanitarian aid to conflict-affected areas.
By Rebecca Fordham
Benghazi, 31 May 2011 – Around 30 young boys are hovering expectantly outside a community centre. They peer over each other’s shoulders to try to get a better look at the cardboard boxes filled with pictures.
“We are playing the ‘strange object game’,” says Diran Abdel Hafth, 15. “The idea is to decide if the objects are happy or sad, good or bad, and we will then learn whether they are safe to play with.”
By Priyanka Pruthi
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2011 – Their tents have been torched, their belongings looted and a temporary school for their children destroyed. Staying out in the open, amidst the charred remains of all they had left in the world, refugees in Tunisia’s Shousha camp are living in the shadow of fear and uncertainty.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Crop prospects for 2011 are favourable
Imports of cereals decline to about 11 percent of food needs
Food prices of staple products are increasing
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Early forecasts point to an increase in cereal production in 2011
Strong dependence on imports of cereals for domestic needs remains in 2010/11 marketing year (July/June)
In April 2011food prices increased by 28.6 percent on annual basis
Goma, 30 May 2011 - The Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Reintegration, and Resettlement (DDR/RR) Section of MONUSCO is responsible for repatriating all foreign combatants in the DRC and assisting the government in demobilizing the Congolese combatants. The following is an exclusive interview with DDR/RR Director Gregory Alex.
What are the operational workings of the DDR/RR Section?
The Prime Minister today announced further UK support for economic and political reform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
BEN GUERDEN, Tunisia —Tensions are rising near the Tunisian-Libyan border in the Choucha camp, home, for now, for more than 3,500 third-national refugees. Some are in transit waiting to be repatriated. However, others, many among them Eritreans and Somalis, are in limbo. Their home countries still beset by conflict, they are hoping to be granted asylum in a third country.
Cathy Majtenyi - Nairobi May 30, 2011
In Kenya, the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, gets bigger all the time as Somalis fleeing warfare in their country stream across the border. The camp now houses several times the number of people it was designed to hold. The Kenyan government was supposed to open a new camp, but has not done so.
Up to 10,000 people each month appear at the gates of Dadaab refugee camp in dry, dusty northeastern Kenya, fleeing the misery of war-torn Somalia.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 — The American Red Cross is responding to severe flooding along rivers in the northwest while relief operations continue in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, both hit by deadly tornadoes in the last several weeks.
In Montana, more than 200 people spent their Memorial Day holiday in a Red Cross shelter on the campus of Montana State University. The Red Cross is preparing to respond to additional flooding in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota as rivers throughout the area threaten to overflow their banks.
• Environ 64 000 Tchadiens et étrangers retournés au 25 mai 2011;
• Plus de 1500 personnes arrivées à Mourdi (Ennedi) dont 343 réfugiés libyens
• Quelque 1400 retournés sont à Zouarké
• Missions inter-agence à Zouarké et Mourdi
Geneva/Abidjan (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire today began to distribute food, seed and other emergency aid in 35 villages east of Bangolo, in the western part of the country. Nearly 20,000 people displaced by fighting, other violence and looting over the past few months and some 17,000 members of host families will receive the aid.
Note: Map in 3 pages
UNAMID PR / 18-2011
Doha, 31 May 2011 – The establishment of an internal Darfur dialogue and consultation, backed by an international monitoring committee, was among the main points agreed upon at the All Darfur Stakeholders Conference in Doha, Qatar. During the five-day discussions, representatives from the Sudanese government, armed movements, political parties, civil society groups, displaced persons and refugees discussed key issues in the conflict.
Dubbed one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, the southern capital of Juba is also suffering a negative effect of rapid development -- rising waste on its streets.
Despite signs around the city urging ‘Do not litter’ and ‘Keep Juba clean’, heaps of garbage dot streets, residential areas and public facilities like markets, hospitals and schools.
“Ninety per cent of waste materials in Juba are plastic bottles and bags that are littered without due respect to the environment,” said UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) South Sudan Programme Coordinator Joseph Bartel.
Serbian judges have rejected an appeal by wartime General Ratko Mladic against his extradition, and a Serbian minister said the Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic is on a plane from Belgrade to the Dutch city of The Hague to face trial on charges of genocide.
The lawyers defending the 69-year-old Mladic had argued he is not in good enough health to face trial at The Hague. But ruling on appeal, Serbian judges stood by the decision made last Friday after doctors said he was fit for the trip.