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17 Jan 2018 description

Executive summary

The April 2017 conflict in Wau resulted in the displacement of about 67,165 people. These people were displaced from Wau town and are currently living in POC (Protection of Civilian site) and other collective centers such as churches. WFP has been providing food assistance to these displaced populations on a monthly basis.

17 Jan 2018 description

Key points

  • Inadequate food consumption is on the rise among returnee households

  • More households in hard-to-reach areas of rural Damascus are relying on food-related coping strategies

  • In Eastern Ghouta, high food prices continue to limit household food access despite better food availability in markets

Situation Update

17 Jan 2018 description


  • Overall, the 2017 rainy seasons in Djibouti performed well, supporting pasture regeneration, increasing water availability and leading to near-average vegetation conditions. While the ongoing October-to-February rains are slightly below average to date, most households are experiencing improved food access due to a seasonal increase in access to milk and other livestock products, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

17 Jan 2018 description

KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

17 Jan 2018 description

Kinshasa – The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated dramatically over the past year due to a massive escalation of conflict and widespread insecurity. Extreme violence has spread to areas typically considered stable, such as the provinces of Kasai and Tanganyika. The situation has been recently compounded by deadly floods and an outbreak of Cholera, among multiple other health emergencies, while the IOM, the UN Migration Agency humanitarian appeal, released at the end of last year, remains vastly underfunded.

17 Jan 2018 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,362 urban refugees and asylumseekers and about 50,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.

Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In December alone, 104 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.

As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.

17 Jan 2018 description

This update is produced by the PNG Disaster Management Team Secretariat in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 15 January 2018. The next update will be issued on or around 19 January 2018.


Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Kadovar Island became active on 5 January 2018 with volcanic activity.
The Kadovar population was evacuated to neighbouring Rup Rup island by 6 January with the East Sepik Provincial Government providing water and food relief as well as clothing.

17 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu, 17 January 2018 — The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million Somalis, was launched today by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq.

In his remarks, De Clercq said: “Working together with the Somali authorities and with historical levels of support from the international community, I am proud that we averted a possible famine last year.

17 Jan 2018 description


The unprecedented drought spanning over four consecutive poor rainy seasons has severely aggravated the humanitarian crisis in Somalia. Humanitarian needs have increased drastically due to limited rain, large-scale displacement, lack of access to basic services and, at its root, ongoing conflict

17 Jan 2018 description

Faits saillants

  • L’incendie d’une école primaire prive 236 élèves de l’éducation dans le territoire de Kabambare

  • Les affrontements armés conduisent au déplacement de 2 250 personnes dans le territoire de Fizi

Aperçu de la situation

17 Jan 2018 description

58,333 Syrian refugees and members of impacted host communities were assisted by the food sector in camps and non-camps as following:

• In camps: 57,133 Syrian refugees received food assistance through food vouchers in eight camps (Domiz 1 and Domiz 2, Arbat, Basirma, Darashakran, Gawilan, Kawergosk and Qushtapa) and unrestricted cash distributions at Akre camp (chart below).

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Purpose and motivation

This note seeks to sensitize analysts to the growing momentum of subjective methods and measures around, and eventually inside, the humanitarian field. It clarifies the nature of subjective measures and their place in humanitarian needs assessments. It weighs their strengths and challenges. It discusses, in considerable depth, a small number of instruments and methods that are ready, or have good potential, for humanitarian analysis.

17 Jan 2018 description

SHABWAH, 13th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has dispatched six relief aid convoys to residents of the city of Yashbam in the Al Said District of the Shabwah Governorate in Yemen. The aid convoys contained over 1,700 food baskets.

Mohammed Saif Al Muhairi, Head of the ERC Team in Shabwah, highlighted the aid authority's keenness to intensify its humanitarian assistance in Yemen. He explained that the ERC responded to the humanitarian appeals made by Yashbam city residents.

17 Jan 2018 description


  • 22.2 million people (80% of population) in need of humanitarian assistance, of which, 11.3 million people in acute need

  • Over 3 million internally displaced (of which 0.9 million returnees)

  • 17.8 million people food insecure

  • 16.4 million people in need of basic health care

  • 16 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation

EU humanitarian funding:: €120 million in 2015 & 2016 €76.7 million in 2017


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January 17th, 2017 ― Doha: In response to the alarming humanitarian situation in South Sudan, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a relief intervention to help the victims of famine in the war-torn country, at a total cost of $300,000.

Co-implemented by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the programme involves delivering 187 tons of popular food items like maize, cereals, and vegetable oil.

The food supplies were procured from neighboring countries and stored at WFP's warehouses, in coordination with local authorities.

17 Jan 2018 description

Operating environment was marked with small-scale attacks, political tensions between the State of Puntland and ‘Somaliland’ and forced evictions.
Drought, insecurity and conflicts, remain key drivers of displacement and lack of comprehensive land tenure framework remains one of the key drivers for forced evictions.
According to monitoring agencies drought will continue in 2018 and can lead to further increased vulnerability of persons of concern.

Major developments

A whole-of-society approach – a new improved way of UNHCR response

17 Jan 2018 description

Today representatives of the EU, FAO and Georgian Government marked the end of a 2 year project which assisted over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia.