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21 Feb 2018 description

The end year dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. The Basic Assistance Sector in Lebanon is working to:

OUTCOME 1) Ensure that Severely economically vulnerable populations have improved access to essential goods and services of their choice in a safe, dignified, and empowered manner while decreasing socio-economic vulnerability;

21 Feb 2018 description

Benin, 20 February 2018 - As the Lassa fever outbreak continues in Edo, one of the three most affected states (others are Ondo and Ebonyi) in 2018; the Commissioner for Health Dr David Osifo, has applauded World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to contain the outbreak.

21 Feb 2018 description

"**Before (the pump) we used to walk two or three hours a day to collect water"**

By Adela Suliman

SHIKHARPUR, Nepal, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the village of Shikharpur in Nepal's remote Himalayan foothills, the faint sound of water can be heard trickling through a large metal pump.

Standing in golden mustard fields, a huge solar panel powers the pump that provides some 40,000 litres of water daily to families still recovering from Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake.

21 Feb 2018 description

Around 2,000 people from the 17,000-strong Karongi camp in western Rwanda marched out of the camp to protest a 25 percent cut in food rations

By Clement Uwiringiyimana

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Congolese refugees in Rwanda said soldiers shot at them and wounded at least two people on Tuesday as the refugees tried to march out of their camp in protest at a cut in food rations.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

21 Feb 2018 description

Cuito - The non-governmental organisation "People in Need" launched in February a project to improve the food security of the vulnerable communities in central Bie province.

The fact was announced Tuesday by manager of NGO's Health Programme, Elena Catalan.

Speaking to Angop, Elena Catalan spoke of the perspectives of the actions to be developed, through the said project.

The manager stressed that the programme, aimed essentially at ensuring the nutritional levels of the populations, will cover rural areas.

21 Feb 2018 description

More than 60 percent of Togo's population lives below the poverty line, and many people lack reliable access to drinking water, education, health and electricity

By Karla Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An African charity that improved access to drinking water and sanitation and reduced the chance of cholera deaths in a village in Togo was on Monday awarded the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.

The award is granted every three years for outstanding grassroots projects to solve water issues in developing nations.

21 Feb 2018 description

By Josie Le Blond

POTSDAM, Germany - English teacher Alaa Kassab believes her education saved her life and, after she arrived in Germany as a refugee from Syria, she was keen to get back into the classroom to pass on her language skills to the next generation.

Thanks to a pilot scheme aimed at preparing newly arrived teachers for jobs in German schools, she is once more in front of a class.

21 Feb 2018 description

RIYADH, 20th February, 2018 (WAM) -- King Salman Humanitarian aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has signed six executive projects worth $2.9 million with a number of private hospitals based in Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide treatment inside and outside the country for the Yemeni injured and wounded.

21 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study.

The research, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, shows how the toll of the Ebola outbreak goes beyond the 11,000 killed in West Africa by the virus itself. Basic health care took a major hit as well.

21 Feb 2018 description

This month 600 people arrived by land and 1,600 by sea.
Reduced sea arrivals combined with the ongoing transfers of the Government and UNHCR to the mainland helped reduce the number of refugees and migrants on the islands to 11,270 people thus allowing conditions in the overcrowded reception centres to slightly improve. However, more needs to be done as protection risks remain high particularly for women and children. In the mainland and Crete, UNHCR provides 22,000 places in rented housing through municipalities and NGOs.

21 Feb 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

Militiamen assaulted a number of displaced people who had returned to an area in Bielel locality last week, which is considered to be their home area. Five people were seriously wounded.

The militiamen beat and stabbed an unknown number of people. In total, 600 displaced people had left Kalma, Dereig and El Salam camps in South Darfur to return to Marla in Bielel locality.

21 Feb 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch
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Somali Summary

Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse
Emphasize Rehabilitation, Develop Child-Specific Procedures

(Washington) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

21 Feb 2018 description

BANGUI/GENEVA (21 February 2018) – From 6 to 16 February, the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, concluded an official visit to assess the impact of the African Union’s peace initiative on human rights.

“This process should include the prospect of a sincere dialogue between the government, armed groups and civil and political actors, including women, and local and religious leaders, throughout the entire territory,” said the independent expert.

21 Feb 2018 description

The United Nations Security Council should break its eight-month silence on Yemen by demanding a complete lifting of the blockade and cessation of hostilities, the Norwegian Refugee Council said.
The United Kingdom has proposed a presidential statement on the situation in Yemen which the Security Council will discuss this week. While Security Council resolutions are binding on all member-states, presidential statements are not.