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22 Apr 2018 description
report The Guardian

Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought.

In the township of Chamanculo, in Maputo, Mozambique, a network of household taps made the community water pump obsolete years ago, freeing residents from the daily burden of lugging massive jerrycans of water long distances.

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20 Apr 2018 description

Mohamed Haji Mathey, 14, wonders why so many children in his country and around the world have to suffer and face so many challenges, as life rips their childhood away. At his Al-Bushra school in the Burhakaba district of south-west Somalia’s Bay region, Mohamed caught everybody’s attention as he stood up in class to share his dream: "One day I want to be the United Nations Secretary-General and make sure no child suffers ever again!"

20 Apr 2018 description


• Food Cluster: 8.5 million emergency beneficiaries and 4.5 m ex-public work clients received emergency food commodities.
During the last quarter of 2017, IDPs were also targeted for emergency food distribution. There were delays in food distribution especially in Somali region. One round was dropped and two rounds were carried over to the first quarter of 2018. As a result, out of nine only six rounds of food distribution were completed within 2017.

20 Apr 2018 description

by Caroline Wambui | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:25 GMT

The loss of fruit trees for firewood and charcoal is hurting food security, particularly as droughts lengthen

KAJUKI, Kenya, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees.

"But now they have all gone," the 32-year-old maize farmer said from her homestead, gesturing to the barren land nearby.

20 Apr 2018 description

Refugees and IDPs received material support and training during March 2018.

Individuals received capacitybuilding training during March 2018.

Children, pregnant and nursing mothers screened for nutritional status during the reporting period.

Working with Partners in 2018

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

19 Apr 2018 description

Durante el 19 y 20 de abril se lleva a cabo el Taller relativo a amenazas de sequía e inundación en Uruguay. La actividad tendrá lugar en la sala Liberty del Hotel Balmoral de Montevideo.

El objetivo principal es compartir los avances preliminares del estudio “Perfil de Riesgo de Sequías e Inundaciones para Uruguay” y presentar los resultados de los modelos de amenaza de sequía a nivel nacional y por inundación para la población de Río Branco.

19 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Koko, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado, March 13 2018 - Following the most severe drought in 30 years caused by the 2016/2017 El Niño phenomenon - which in Mozambique affected approximately 2.3 million people - in 2017 the DFID Fund for the Lean Season Nutrition Response and Resilience Building in Mozambique, in partnership with WPF and UNICEF, decided to support the Government in addressing the immediate needs of the affected population in four provinces (Cabo Delgado,Manica, Tete and Zambezia).

19 Apr 2018 description

Addis Ababa, April 19, 2018: The Ethiopia Government and humanitarian agencies should prioritise protecting older people from malnutrition, according to a new field report on emergency nutrition in Ethiopia by HelpAge International.

Drawing lessons learned from the recent worst drought to have hit Ethiopia and other Horn of Africa states, the report published in the latest edition of the Field Exchange points out that older people receive little attention in emergency situations.

18 Apr 2018 description

US$21 million allocated to support top priority front-line activities

During the first quarter, the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) allocated US$21 million through the 2018 first standard allocation.
Funding went to 62 partners to kick-start top priority front-line activities under the 2018 HRP, at a time when the compounding effects of displacement, disease, food insecurity, malnutrition and protection concerns continue to worsen. Funding was also provided to ensure the continuity of common logistics services.

18 Apr 2018 description

MAFOUNDOU, Mauritania, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year when the pastoralist men in Fatima Demba's Mauritanian village return from their months-long journey to find pastures and water, the women erupt in wild celebrations.

"We draw henna tattoos on our bodies, we braid our hair, we wear our nicest clothes," she said, re-adjusting her bright yellow and blue robe.

Yet although she longs for her husband to come home, Demba sees one benefit in his absence.

18 Apr 2018 description
report REACH Initiative


The month of October was characterised by a respite in fighting across the state of Upper Nile.
This has created opportunities for increased humanitarian access to areas that have been affected by continued fighting or insecurity for the past months such as the counties located on the western bank of the Nile and the counties of the south-eastern portion of the state.

Nevertheless, the humanitarian outlook has yet to improve as the level of access to basic services remains alarmingly low across most sectors.