Since mid-2017, ongoing conflict has led to displacement from and within Deir-ez-Zor governorate, totalling an estimated 230,000 persons from July to mid-December. The recent de-escalation of conflict in parts of the governorate has allowed limited humanitarian access for the first time since 2014. The situation in the governorate remains fluid, with spontaneous returns in certain areas as well as IDP arrivals.
(MissionNewswire) Despite ongoing conflict and instability, Salesian missionaries continue their work with youth in Syria. Over the course of the last seven years since the outbreak of civil war began in March 2011, Salesian missionaries have operated three centers in Kafroun and the particularly high conflict areas of Aleppo and Damascus. Each of the centers is staffed by three Salesian priests and a deacon.
LONDON – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria joined leaders at the Malaria Summit London 2018 to call for reducing malaria by one half across the Commonwealth in the coming five years. Collective action aims to prevent 350 million cases of malaria and save 650,000 lives, predominately children and pregnant women who are most at risk.
By Nellie Peyton
DAKAR, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global gains in the fight against malaria could be reversed unless countries control the disease in conflict zones, where deaths and infections are rising, experts said on Tuesday.
The number of malaria cases worldwide increased in 2016 after 15 years of decline, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The month of October was characterised by a respite in fighting across the state of Upper Nile.
This has created opportunities for increased humanitarian access to areas that have been affected by continued fighting or insecurity for the past months such as the counties located on the western bank of the Nile and the counties of the south-eastern portion of the state.
Nevertheless, the humanitarian outlook has yet to improve as the level of access to basic services remains alarmingly low across most sectors.
(MissionNewswire) Father David Tulimelli, parish priest at the Salesian St. Vincent de Paul parish which operates Don Bosco Gumbo, has dedicated his life to the youth of South Sudan. He has been a witness to the young country’s troubles and was praised in 2016 for his efforts to assist those who were internally displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Fr. Tulimelli fed 4,000 in that year as the country’s refugee crisis intensified.
Background and Key Findings
Eastern Ghouta is an agricultural region east of Damascus. The area has faced access restrictions since the beginning of the Syrian conflict and was classified by the United Nations (UN) as besieged in 2013. As part of its Community Profiles programme and in partnership with the Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF), REACH has been conducting monthly assessments on the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta since June 2016.
KEY FINDINGS: • Most of Guzamala Local Government Area (LGA) in Borno State, Nigeria, has been inaccessible to humanitarian actors since 2014 when the conflict escalated. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Humanitarian Security and Access Working Group previously reported that as many as 993,000 people still live in hard to reach areas, including Guzamala LGA, however there is limited information on their needs, conditions and movement intentions.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries with Don Bosco Fambul, one of Sierra Leone’s leading child-welfare organizations in Freetown, immediately responded with relief efforts for those affected by flooding and mudslides that occurred on Aug. 14, 2017. Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, lies between the mountains and the sea. The intense rain caused a mudslide on Mount Sugar Loaf in the Regent District on the outskirts of Freetown. The mudslide occurred at 6 a.m. when most of the community residents were still sleeping—leaving them more vulnerable to the rising waters.
Monitoring report on the use of methods and means of warfare against civilian healthcare facilities prohibited by international law during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
Following months of intense conflict, Ar-Raqqa city was completely evacuated of civilians in late October 2017. Despite widespread damage, high levels of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination and a lack of basic services, residents began returning to their homes in large numbers immediately after the cessation of conflict. Humanitarian actors and local authorities have begun relief activities, but insufficient information on households’ needs and their access to services inhibits the response.
Ongoing conflict since late 2016 has led to widespread displacement across northeast Syria, forcing an estimated 570,000 residents of Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates from their homes to date. Conflict has subsided in recent months and many displaced civilians have returned to their homes, though an estimated 70,000 remain in formal managed camps and informal sites. In early 2018, these sites continue to see in parallel arrivals and departures of both Syrian Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees fleeing conflict in Iraq.
Displacement trends, population needs and humanitarian access have all been negatively affected by the insecurity resulting from the ongoing conflict in Unity State, which began in December 2013.
To inform humanitarian actors working outside formal settlement sites, REACH has conducted assessments of hard-to-reach areas in South Sudan since December 2015. The data is collected through interviews on a monthly basis from communities across the Greater Upper Nile region, Greater Equatoria region and Western Bahr el Ghazal.
Homs governorate is located in central Syria and borders Lebanon to the west. In all but two communities assessed in January 2018, only 26-50% of the pre-conflict population remained, with no further departures or spontaneous returns indicated2 . Two communities assessed had no pre-conflict population remaining: