Situation Overview & Key Results
(Genève, 15 novembre 2018) : Alors que les températures sont descendues bien en dessous de zéro degré dans l’est de l’Ukraine, des millions de personnes ont besoin en urgence d’assistance humanitaire en raison du conflit en cours qui a tendance à être oublié a annoncé à Genève, aujourd’hui, la Coordonnatrice résidente des Nations Unies et Coordonnatrice humanitaire, Mme Osnat Lubrani.
(Geneva, 15 November 2018): As temperatures drop to well below zero in eastern Ukraine, millions of people urgently need humanitarian support as a result of an on-going active conflict, which increasingly is forgotten and seems to have fallen off the international radar, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani, said today in Geneva.
The third quarter of 2018 saw an intensification of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, with the highest number of security incidents reported so far in 2018, despite the two back-to-back ceasefire agreements in June and August. Although the ceasefires did not hold, they still contributed to a 66 per cent decrease of conflict-related civilian casualties, compared to the second quarter of 2018.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced that the rising in the numbers of families affected by the torrents in the township of Baldaroz to more than 250 families.
The IRCS has reported in a statement: “The teams of the IRCS have entered the affected areas in Mandali district of Baladroz township and registered more than 250 families who were affected by the upcoming rains, where the relief teams have secured their relief needs including food parcels, blankets, and other relief items needed by families in their daily use. ”
With the rainy season coming to an end, the disaster damages and losses can be expected to have stabilized. There has been no recent update of Government figures. 2,382 villages, 126,736 families, 616,145 people are reported as affected. 1,779 Houses are destroyed and 514 damaged. 90,000 ha of paddy fields and 11,000 ha of other plantations have been destroyed, and 630 km of roads and 47 bridges have been damaged.
The human cost of the active armed conflict in eastern Ukraine is distressing, with 18 civilian casualties (5 killed and 13 injured) in October, according to OHCHR. With a monthly average of more than 1,200 reported security incidents over the past three months, the conflict intensity as well as lethal security risks faced by civilians and humanitarian workers remained high.
Arriving in Aden, a mere 45-minute plane ride from Djibouti, there is little doubt that one is entering a country deeply affected by conflict.
Immediately after landing, one can’t help but notice the tanks and large sand bags all over the tarmac.
It is a stark reminder of a conflict that is now entering its fourth year and has devastated the country. The human impact of the conflict can hardly be overstated. Over the past six weeks, it has become even worse as a deep, rapidly unfolding economic crisis has gripped the country.
The Yemen Humanitarian Fund launched its first Standard Allocation on 12 August 2018, after the finalization of the fast-tracked Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The objectives of the Allocation were based on the priorities of the YHRP and were to: bridge gaps in the first-line response of Cluster partners, increase humanitarian service delivery in hard-to-reach areas across the country, and strengthen cooperation with national front-line NGOs through a dedicated allocation window of US$5,2 million.
• Out of 806 children screened for malnutrition amongst new arrivals, 131 of 146 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were from inaccessible areas.
• With the declaration of cholera in Yobe on 19 September, all the three northeast states are now experiencing cholera outbreaks. Yobe has reported 1,147 cases (with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 5.4 per cent), while Borno has reported 3,537 cumulative cases (CFR 1.8 per cent), and Adamawa has reported 2,332 (CFR 1.5 per cent).
- Approximately 1.89 million IDPs remain displaced in Iraq, as 4.08 million people return to areas of origin
- USG declares disaster due to a waterborne health emergency in Basrah
- USG announces additional support for vulnerable populations, including members of ethnic and religious minorities
• Overall 2,860 measles cases and 79 deaths have been reported since the declaration of the outbreak in May 2018. To date, some 494,474 children have been vaccinated and UNICEF has purchased an additional 1,912,000 vaccine doses that will arrive in the country in mid-October.
• 173,772 children aged 6 to 59 months have been admitted for severe acute malnutrition in UNICEF supported health facilities since January 2018
Key issues in the past week:
• A total of 282,000 people have been verified as having been displaced by conflict in 2018.
• Three new polio cases have been recorded in the south and east of the country.
• 223,100 people are currently estimated to be displaced in the western region as a result of drought.
9,758 New IDPs reported in the past week
158,000 People assisted in the past week
282,000 Total verified IDPs in 2018
A year after conflict ceased in Ar-Raqqa, damage to the city remains widespread. Residents continue to return in large numbers despite the complex safety and security context. Recovery efforts have increased access to basic services including education, water infrastructure, and healthcare. However, challenges persist, that will leave residents particularly vulnerable during the winter season.
• The global acute malnutrition (GAM) prevalence between August and October 2018 is projected to be above 10 percent in all regions of Somalia except for a few districts in the north west. Between January and September 2018, UNICEF and partners have reached 162,750 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with lifesaving therapeutic nutrition treatment; representing 94 percent of its annual target.
New York, 30 October 2018
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the Security Council on the challenging humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.
Five months ago, I briefed the Council together with Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo. Today, I regrettably advise that millions of men, women and children continue to face dire humanitarian consequences in Europe’s forgotten armed conflict. These impacts are deepening, as the situation becomes more protracted.
- Over 178,000 children and caregivers have access to UNICEF-supported psycho-social programming through 2018 programming.
- UNICEF has provided over 15,600 pregnant and breastfeeding women in Rakhine with infant and young child feeding counselling.
- WASH support continues for over 16,600 IDPs.
- UNICEF is working with the humanitarian stakeholders to finalize the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs