DUBAI, 31 December 2012 (IRIN) - The Middle East continued to boil in Year 2 of what was once an Arab “Spring” with the ever-worsening conflict in Syria, toxic spillover into Lebanon, deadly clashes in Egypt, proliferation of weapons in Libya, assassinations and bomb blasts in Yemen, emboldened insurgents in Iraq and continued protests in Jordan.
A displaced man from Gereida camp in South Darfur has allegedly been killed by pro-government militiamen and two others were wounded in the same incident on Wednesday, 26 December.
A female camp activist told Radio Dabanga that around 30 militiamen on camels shot three displaced people who were collecting hay in an area about 3 kilometers south of Gereida. She added that Yasser Osman Ahmed died on the spot and that both Abbas Abdul Rahman and Dugush Suleiman were seriously wounded in the attack.
The regional government of Andalucía has confirmed a EUR 1 million donation to support mother and child health-care services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This is the fourth consecutive year that Andalucía has helped the Agency provide quality and accessible family health care for Palestine refugee women and their children throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
On 19 December M23 rebels requested that Kinshasa sign a formal ceasefire agreement, accusing government officials of dragging out peace talks to bolster the army's position on the ground. The government refused and peace talks have been suspended until 5 January.
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The strong partnership between Timor-Leste and the United Nations dates back to the Organization’s support for this nation’s struggle for self-determination and the historic Popular Consultation in 1999. Since then, the country has hosted five United Nations peacekeeping and political operations, as well as the presence of UN funds, agencies and programmes.
By Erkan Aksu in Turkey
Syrians who fled conflict at home and took shelter in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, have been living away from their homeland for more than 18 months. It is estimated that 500,000 people have left Syria since the outbreak of violence in 2011, and while they wait for the opportunity to return, the Turkish Red Crescent Society is providing support and shelter, especially as the winter begins to deepen.
AL MALHA (31 Dec.) - The locality of Almalha in North Darfur is suffering from spreading diseases such as ‘kala azar’, typhoid, abdominal pains as well as the prevalence of malnutrition, lack of health care services and high prices of medicine.
Citizens told Radio Dabanga that the region has recently witnessed a spread in ‘kala azar’ disease, especially in the area of Jebel Issa in addition to rising malnutrition and paralysis among children.
Many publications addressing mental health issues in disaster situations have been produced in the last decade. Nevertheless, the specific reality of the Caribbean, with its limited number of mental health professionals and its high vulnerability to natural hazards, requires material that specifically addresses these characteristics and reflects the latest developments and approaches. This new publication is directed to Caribbean health sector managers, community workers and other disaster and health professionals.
Emergency Transportation & Processing of Refugees
Since the end of July, Syrians fleeing violence have crossed into Jordan in ever-increasing numbers necessitating immediate transportation, processing and reception services. The UN task force in Amman endorsed IOM as the lead agency for the orderly, safe and humane transportation of Syrians from border collection points to Za’atri camp.
Emergency Non-food items (NFIs)
Accessing basic non‐food personal care items is challenging for both displaced Syrians and Lebanese returnees as host communities’ resources are increasingly overstretched.
To address this need, IOM has distributed over 10,284 NFIs to both groups in Bekaa and Wadi Khaled by the end of November. The NFIs include rechargeable lamps, diaper bags, winter kits, house cleaning kits and hygiene kits.
At 7am our team of volunteers met to head off in to the jungle and visit one of our villages called Ba Mak. It is only 2 hours drive away from Hua Hin but very remote. We need 4×4 trucks to reach the village as there are 2 rivers we have to cross and roads so deep in gully’s that it is a wonder we can get across.
DAKAR, 31 December 2012 (IRIN) - The cholera epidemic that struck Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2012 is winding down. What to do now? Start preparing - for cholera.
That's part of the message from donors, aid workers and health officials after the most serious cholera outbreak in years that infected some 30,000 people and killed 400 others in the two countries - mostly in Sierra Leone. They say there should be better preparations for cholera, based on lessons learned and on a strategy in Guinea that was put to the test in 2012.
MARIANO FERNáNDEZ Amunátegui - Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti
The current political situation in Haiti is characterized by a stabilization process that, although fragile, shows promise and must be nurtured. Enduring political stability is the key to strengthening the country’s governance institutions, promoting socio-economic development, and attracting foreign investment.
The WHO-UNHCR publication Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources: Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings was developed because of frequent requests from the field to advise on assessment. Although a range of assessment tools exist, what has been missing is an overall approach that clarifies when to use which tool for what purpose. This document offers an approach that should help assessors review information that is already available and only collect new data that will be of practical use.
Humanitarian actors in emergencies often encounter challenges in knowing Who is Where, When, doing What (4Ws) with regard to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). Such knowledge is essential to inform coordination. 4Ws tools are used in many areas of aid to map activities conducted across large geographical areas. 4Ws tools generally aim to map supports by government and non-governmental agencies, including preemergency services and supports.
Significant humanitarian response gaps exist in adequately addressing the needs of the affected communities nearly three week on.
Though figures are unavailable, initial reports indicate there are increasing numbers of diarrhea cases especially among women and children due to unhygienic conditions.
The opening of the new school term is postponed by a week for better preparations.