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17 Oct 2017 description

Health professionals working in northern Syria face constant fear and worry – for their patients, for their families, even for their own lives. “The medical staff were trying to encourage each other, so the patients knew their doctors were still standing,” says one doctor who worked at a bombarded hospital. Though he survived the experience and now lives in Turkey, he and many other health staff from northern Syria bear psychological scars. For those still in the country, the constant pressure translates into a clear need for mental health support.

15 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu/Nairobi – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) mourn the loss of life of four SRCS volunteers killed amongst many others following the huge explosion that detonated in a very busy street of Mogadishu yesterday. This figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Persistent insecurity across much of CAR threatens humanitarian access and leaves tens of thousands of people in need of emergency assistance

  • Clashes among various armed groups displace more than 191,000 people from February to August

  • USAID/FFP contributes $7.8 million to respond to growing and urgent food insecurity in the region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions

  • Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs

  • USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description
report United Nations
  1. (Bangui, 11 Octobre 2017). La mission entreprise du 6 au 11 octobre en République centrafricaine, fait suite aux rapports très inquiétants faisant état de recrudescence de violations graves des droits de l’Homme et d’atteintes au droit international humanitaire y compris des violences sexuelles sur fond d’affrontements des groupes armés et d’instrumentalisation de la religion, des sensibilités ethniques ou des origines des communautés observées du sud-est au nord-ouest du pays.
13 Oct 2017 description
report United Nations
  1. (Bangui, 11 October 2017). The mission I undertook to the Central African Republic from 6 to 11 October, came following worrisome reports about the resurgence of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including sexual violence, against a backdrop of confrontations between armed groups and the manipulation of religion, ethnic sensibilities and community origins observed from the south-east to the north-west of the country.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Following a series of attacks leaving seven staff members of ICRC dead, the organization reduces its footprint in Afghanistan after three decades of continuous presence.

  • Displacement in Afghanistan surpasses a quarter of a million people from January to September.

  • Polio vaccinators were unable to reach more than 130,000 girls and boys due to conflict and lack of humanitarian access.

13 Oct 2017 description

Atrocities in Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Myanmar may mock the concept of rules of war. But the Geneva Conventions on humane treatment of soldiers and civilians at least offer a vocabulary to call out crimes. They also provide a mandate and framework that enables the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), created in the same 1860s activist movement as the Geneva Conventions, to deliver humanitarian aid in war zones.

13 Oct 2017 description

National Statement delivered by Ambassador Carl Skau on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, 12 October 2017, New York.

Thank You Mr President,

I would like to join you in welcoming the Secretary-General to the Council today for this important meeting, and to thank him for his comprehensive briefing.

Secretary-General Guterres,

13 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18745-SC/13028
12 OCTOBER 2017

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council briefing on countries at risk of famine, in New York today:

Nine months ago, some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. About 100,000 people in South Sudan were on the verge of starvation.

13 Oct 2017 description

The decision to evacuate 14 doctors out of Mendi in Papua New Guinea's troubled Southern Highlands has been commended by the National Doctors Association.

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12 Oct 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In September, humanitarian organizations continued to experience a growing number of impediments in accessing conflict-affected people in many locations in South Sudan. 101 access incidents were reported by partners. About 65 per cent of the incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets.

11 Oct 2017 description

Faits saillants

  • Baisse des activités humanitaires dans le Territoire de Fizi à cause de l’insécurité

  • Nouveau foyer de choléra dans la zone de santé de Katana

Aperçu de la situation

11 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

● Gaza energy crisis further undermines the access of over 49,000 people with disabilities to critical life-saving services and devices.

● The rate of approval of patients’ applications for exit permits via Israel declined to an average of 53 per cent so far in 2017, compounded by delays in the financial approval for such referrals by the Ramallah-based Ministry of Health.

11 Oct 2017 description

KEY POINTS

  • Insecurity in the country has worsened. Clashes among various armed groups continue, particularly affecting the southeastern and northwestern areas, caused additional population displacements which bring the total number of IDPs to nearly 600 000. This has significantly increased humanitarian needs.

10 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After over a year of access constraints, humanitarian partners distributed assistance in Greater Baggari area, Wau County.

  • Increasing dangers to humanitarian workers and assets in Western Equatoria.

  • Displacement and relocation of aid workers due to fighting in central Unity.

  • Fighting in Aburoc temporarily halts response, displaces civilians.

FIGURES

No. of Internally Displaced People 1.88 million