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23 Oct 2017 description

Refugees and asylum seekers held at Australia's immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been told water, food and power will be cut at the end of the month.

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23 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Monday 23 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands) – Preparing for and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) during disasters and emergencies is a critical issue for the Pacific, with rates of violence against women already double the global average during non-disaster times.

22 Oct 2017 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 22, 2017

The U.S. government has provided nearly $40 million in life-saving emergency assistance in direct response to the Rakhine State crisis since August 25. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in FY 2017 to displaced Burmese in Burma and the region to nearly $104 million.

22 Oct 2017 description

Pour son dernier jour au Mali, la délégation des membres du Conseil de Sécurité présente au Mali depuis le 19 octobre dernier, s’est rendue aujourd’hui 22 octobre, à Mopti. Dans la cinquième région du Mali, qui est l’objet de graves problèmes sécuritaires, les diplomates ont rencontré le Gouverneur de la Région avec lequel ils ont fait le point de la situation et l’apport de la Mission onusienne dans le cadre de son appui aux autorités sur place.

22 Oct 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) In 2014, Salesian missionaries opened Don Bosco Center in the city of Bukavu located in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Operated by two Salesian priests and one Salesian brother, the center is located near the main town square and a prison, giving missionaries the ideal location to meet the many street children who spend time in the square washing cars, carrying luggage and parcels, stealing and begging.

22 Oct 2017 description

Release Number: NR 027

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA.

FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters.

“We understand that the ongoing communications challenges and power outages have made it difficult for some Virgin Islanders to register with FEMA, and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel.

22 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Demecia Yat de Xol was just 28 years old when she was forced into sexual slavery in the small village of Sepur Zarco by the Guatemalan military. On 26 February 2016, at age 61, Doña Demecia sat in Guatemala’s High-Risk Court, waiting for a verdict. She was accompanied by ten other survivors—respectfully referred as “the Sepur Zarco Grandmothers”.

Justice, at last

22 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

MOZOGO, CAMEROON — Boko Haram’s renewed campaign of suicide bombings in Far North Cameroon has bred suspicion that remains even as attacks have died down. Local communities are currently blocking 400 former Boko Haram hostages from returning home.

Hundreds of former Boko Haram hostages and fighters are lining up to be served food at Mozogo, on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria. They look tired and hungry.

22 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

This submission relates to Articles 28 and 38 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and focuses on the protection of students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict.

In its 2010 Concluding Observations under the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, this Committee called upon Sri Lanka to:

22 Oct 2017 description

Jerusalem, 22 October 2017

"I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders reportedly calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.

Under the auspices of Egypt, Palestinian leaders have embarked on a course to solve the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enable the government to take up its responsibilities in the Strip. I encourage them not be distracted from this objective.”

[ENDS]

22 Oct 2017 description

Bossaso, 17 October 2017 - Canab Mumin Farax fled Mogadishu 16 years ago at the height of the civil war that was triggered by the collapse of the Siad Barre regime. Today she lives with her family in a temporary settlement camp in the Puntland city of Bossaso.

22 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

Six Somali civilians were killed in a landmine explosion on Sunday, just days after the country’s deadliest attack killed hundreds.

Officials in Lower Shabelle region confirmed to VOA Somali that two women and four men died after an improvised explosive device hit a minibus at Daniga village about 35 kilometers north of Mogadishu.

Deputy Governor of Lower Shabelle Ali Nur Mohamed says the victims were traders bringing farm produce and were travelling from Afgoye to Bal’ad.

22 Oct 2017 description

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

1.- It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this briefing. First, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Republic of the Sudan, on behalf of UNAMID and the Joint Special Representative, on the lifting of US sanctions after almost two decades. I assure you of the Mission’s continued support to our host government and hope this decision avails a window of opportunity leading to development and sustainable peace in Darfur and across Sudan.

Ladies and gentlemen,

22 Oct 2017 description

En una ceremonia presidida por el director de la Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez, y el alcalde de Villavicencio, Wilmar Orlando Barbosa, 100 líderes de diferentes barrios de la ciudad se graduaron hoy como Coordinadores Comunitarios de Gestión del Riesgo.

Esta iniciativa que es la primera en el país busca que la comunidad se haga cada vez más responsable y de forma autónoma de la gestión del riesgo en sus territorios.

22 Oct 2017 description

20 October 2017-Mbabane: The Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a sensitisation workshop for technical officers as well as senior officials on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

22 Oct 2017 description

19 October, 2017, Juba: The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), held a two-day consultative multi stakeholder meeting from 18-19 October, 2017 in Juba for the development of an integrated Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH & N) strategic plan for South Sudan.

22 Oct 2017 description

Today the national taskforce for poliovirus containment in the laboratory met as part of the country’s efforts to maintain its polio free status. The committee members discussed findings from a field mission reviewing all biomedical laboratories for possible wild poliovirus infectious material while encouraging the destruction of all unneeded materials. The Ministry aims to strengthen its surveillance system by developing an inventory of all laboratories that retain material which may have potential infectious material.

22 Oct 2017 description

by Isaiah Esipisu

“Africa has the resources, skills, and human and land capacity to move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa”

ABIDJAN, Oct. 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In 2008, as food prices rose around the world, riots broke out in West Africa, and Mali’s government stepped in.

It quickly launched an initiative to subsidise purchases of good-quality certified rice seed, as well as fertilisers, for farmers, in an effort to cut reliance on rice imports and grow more food of its own.

22 Oct 2017 description

La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil dio a conocer el aviso de término de la Declaratoria de Emergencia que se emitió a través del boletín de prensa 343/17 en el estado de Oaxaca, por la presencia de lluvia severa e inundación fluvial.

22 Oct 2017 description

La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil emitió una Declaratoria de Emergencia en el estado de Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, por la presencia inundación fluvial ocurrida del 11 al 15 de octubre de 2017.

La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación emitió hoy una Declaratoria de Emergencia en el estado de Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, para los municipios de Álamo Temapache, Ángel R. Cabada, Catemaco, Santiago Tuxtla y Tempoal, por la presencia inundación fluvial ocurrida del 11 al 15 de octubre de 2017.