This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and surrounding provinces, December 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations related to community engagement have been prioritised.
This note provides an overview of a selection of key messages related to the Ebola outbreak and response that were circulating on WhatsApp and in the local media in the Grand Nord (Beni and Lubero territories), DRC, in November and December 2018. The note was prepared by Rachel Sweet (Harvard University) with support from Juliet Bedford (Anthrologica). Rachel Sweet is a leading expert on North Kivu and is collaborating with the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform to support the response.
Fifty-two humanitarian access incidents were reported in November with the largest number (42 per cent) occurring in Jonglei and Unity. The twelve conflict related incidents (23 per cent) impeded humanitarian operations in Unity, Jonglei, Warrap and Lakes resulting in the relocation of staff, and delay or suspension of humanitarian activities. Eleven incidents (21 per cent) were significant in severity, including violent incidents against personnel and movement restrictions.
Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-treizième session, 53e séance plénière – matin
8425th Meeting (PM)
Sudan’s Permanent Representative Accuses Court of Corruption, Saying Report Fails to Reflect Progress in Restoring Security
GENÈVE (14 décembre 2018) – La Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme a exprimé sa grande inquiétude face aux violences perpétrées lors des rallyes organisés cette semaine contre des partisans de l’opposition dans au moins trois provinces de la République démocratique du Congo en vue des élections présidentielles qui se tiendront le 23 décembre prochain.
Este documento fue elaborado por OCHA, con información suministrada por NRC, ACNUR, Heartland Alliance, y otros socios del Equipo Local de Coordinación (ELC) Chocó
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 53RD & 54TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Speaker Notes Crises Now Last Longer, Majority Being Man-Made
The General Assembly today adopted four resolutions on coordinating humanitarian and disaster relief aid, as Member States echoed concerns that global crises and attacks on humanitarian personnel continue to increase as millions of people are forcibly displaced worldwide.
Groups, News Sites Shut Down; Raids on Offices; Attacks on Journalists
(New York) – The government of President Daniel Ortega has begun a sweeping crackdown against the free press and activists in Nicaragua, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has shut down nine respected nongovernmental organizations and raided several of their offices.
8423RD MEETING (PM)
You Have Done Your Part, We Will Now Do Ours, Emergency Relief Coordinator Says, Stressing Importance of Critical Shipments
Ahead of a briefing later in December on assistance to civilians in Syria, the Security Council today renewed its authorization of the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the devastated country across borders and lines of conflict for a further 12 months, until 10 January 2020.
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Statement from Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 14, 2018) – In response to reports of the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl who was in U.S. custody after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children, issued the following statement:
As of the end October 2018, 25,576 children affected by sever acute malnutrition have been admitted in therapeutic centers (91 per cent of the target) with a cure rate of nearly 90 percent.
In Ndele (North), UNICEF and its partner War Child released 122 children including 12 girls from an armed group.
3,820 cases of cholera and 78 deaths (lethality: 2%) have been recorded in 4 regions of Niger as of 31st of October, but almost all outbreaks are currently inactive. A preventive vaccination campaign, with technical support from UNICEF, is planned in November to cover 158,665 people in Aguié health district, Maradi region.
• Heavy seasonal rains and flooding affect more than 222,000 people across Sudan
• Reported chikungunya cases decrease; response efforts continue
• Relief actors support 182,000 vulnerable people in Abyei
ACLED Middle East Research Manager Tom Hart and Middle East Assistant Research Manager Lauren Blaxter explore the changing nature of Israeli settler violence in the West Bank between January 1, 2016 and November 30, 2018.
Voices from the Field14 December 2018
Since late 2014, the region of Diffa in southern Niger has been caught in armed conflict: 250,000 people have been forced out of their homes, over two-thirds of them children.
Fighting, flight and loss have had a devastating impact on their lives.
Over the past few months, battles between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA) have increased in Rakhine and Chin states. Initially during the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) administration, and now during the National League for Democracy (NLD) administration, ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that once had limited numbers and military capabilities have gained in strength by allying with more powerful EAOs, posing a challenge to the peace process.
Aïcha is nine years old. She lives in Kindjandi displacement camp, in Diffa, southeast Niger, by the shores of Lake Chad.
Aïcha is one of the 250,000 people – refugees, internally displaced people and returnees – who have sought refuge in Diffa, fleeing conflict between non-state armed groups and military forces in the region.
The vast majority of these people live in camps like Kindjandi, where they struggle to reach even the most basic services. According to UNICEF, about 70 per cent of them are children.