Statement of the United States, the United Kingdom and France on the fifth anniversary of the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria.
On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in Ghouta but also in Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Saraqib, and Douma, killing and injuring thousands of people.
- The 3rd Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) left for Laos on the morning of August 14 to help the country recover from the accident at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam.
o A see-off ceremony for the KDRT consisting of 13 medical workers and assistants took place at Incheon International Airport at 09:00 on August 14. It was attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the National Medical Center, and the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare.
Lombok continued to be struck by aftershocks. BMKG reported two aftershocks at magnitude 5.4 and 6.5. The first aftershock at magnitude 5.4 happened on Sunday, 19 August 2018, 10.06 WIB, with epicentre at 25km of the northeast of Lombok Timur with 10km depth. The second aftershock with magnitude 6.5 with epicentre 32km northeast of Lombok Timur at 10km depth, happened on 19 August 2018, at 11.06 WIB. Both did not have potential for tsunami.
In the Social Media, especially facebook, there is a widespread public complaints in regards to the community assistance for the Lombok Earthquake which was sent through the Indonesian Postal Service. The complaint says that this assistance were being claimed by the BNPB. Some even say that this assistance is being claimed by the President. All of this is not true.
Blog Post by John Campbell
Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from August 11 to August 17, 2018. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.
(Last week, August 10: A cult clash resulted in four deaths in Yenagoa, Bayelsa)
Five Years Since Sarin Killed Hundreds in Eastern Ghouta
United Nations Director
Five years ago today, videos began appearing in the early morning hours showing large numbers of dead men, women, and children in Eastern Ghouta – victims, Syrian activists alleged, of a chemical weapons attack. Numerous sheep, dogs, cats, and birds were also among the dead.
Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to the critical needs of people impacted by the worst floods to hit Kerala, India in a century. The devastating floods began with torrential downpours on August 8 in the southern state.
Working with the ACT Alliance through CASA, Episcopal Relief & Development’s support is part of a multi-agency response providing emergency supplies such as food, temporary shelter, hygiene kits, water storage containers, water purifiers and agricultural seeds for 4,000 vulnerable families.
Objective: To sustain and improve the food security situation of smallholder farmers affected by the El Niño induced drought, to rebuild their capacity to engage in agriculture production and enhance coping mechanisms to strengthen their resilience to future shocks.
Key partners: Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), the District Agriculture Development Offices and NGO implementing partners.
Objective: To enhance the resilience of populations affected by food insecurity and malnutrition and minimize the impact of food and nutrition shocks in West Africa.
This report is for the media and the general public.
Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs compared to the previous week.
The atmosphere is reported to seem calm on the border with Venezuela
Por Débora Brito
A technical team assembled by the Brazilian government with specialists from multiple ministries is visiting the town of Pacaraima, in the northern state of Roraima, which currently shelters thousands of Venezuelan immigrants.
The team arrived yesterday evening (Aug. 20) in state capital Boa Vista, and held meetings with state officials, members of social organizations, and UN agencies.
This report is for the media and the general public.
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A woman screams. Muffled sounds of encouragement from a midwife can be heard through the white door labeled "Delivery Room." It's not long before a baby's sharp cry follows from the room in the temporary health center run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Likoni, southwest of Mombasa Island. This temporary center is different from most; it's part of an innovative facility called "Container Village," constructed from shipping containers bound together to make a fully functional hospital.
Following the inclement weather over the past few days and more heavy rainfall anticipated over the weekend, according to the MET Office; the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services has activated its internal disaster response team and stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to persons affected by flooding.
Women and girls bear the brunt of political instability and ethnic conflicts. They are not spared either from the perils of droughts and food insecurity. As we commemorate World Humanitarian Day 2018, Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director of UNFPA, East and Southern Africa, calls for a renewed sense of urgency in ensuring health, protection and dignity in all humanitarian situations.
Ensuring protection, dignity and reproductive health for all women and girls in humanitarian crises
On 9 August, Israel fired 9 missiles from drones and warplanes that wounded 24 people – including 8 women and children – and totally destroyed the Mis’hal Cultural Center.
21 August 2018
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights are demanding an immediate independent criminal investigation into the Israeli military’s aerial attack that wounded 24 people and totally destroyed a cultural center in the Gaza Strip earlier this month.
In June, the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi) conducted 377 in-depth interviews with migrants and refugees in West Africa, including 100 people transiting through Agadez and Niamey in Niger; 200 people transiting through Mopti, Gao, Ber and Timbuktu in Mali and 77 people transiting through Dori in Burkina Faso.
In May, 254 men and 123 women from 18 countries in Central and Western Africa were interviewed. The average age of respondents was 28 years.