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Colombia

Colombia: Number of displaced along Pacific coast tops 1,800

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, April 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is concerned about the growing number of people forcibly displaced from their home areas in western Colombia in recent weeks. In the past two months, more than 1,800 people in the Pacific Coast departments of Valle del Cauca, Cauca,...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Urgent need to strengthen humanitarian aid in Côte d'Ivoire

(Abidjan 27 April, 2011): The post electoral crisis is at the heart of enormous humanitarian needs for thousands of people who are constrained to deal with forceful displacement or who have lost most of their properties including their means of livelihood. The vulnerability of these people is...

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CAR

Central African Republic: Coalition needed to end decades of abuse

The people of the Central African Republic have suffered decades of violence and human rights abuse. Government forces, armed groups and criminal gangs have killed unarmed men, women and children with impunity. The catalogue of violations and abuses includes arbitrary arrests, enforced...

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Ethiopia + 2 more

Horn of Africa: Aid money running low as eight million face devastating drought

Over eight million people are now facing severe food and water shortages after a life-threatening drought worsened in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a consortium of leading British aid agencies hosted by Save the Children has warned. The Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) says a lack...

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Libya + 2 more

Libya: Security situation prevents access to basic supplies

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from Misrata, but more people waiting to be evacuated. Assessments in Misrata indicate that stocks of basic supplies are available in the town, but the security situation prevents access to stocks. Violence in the Nafusa Mountain...

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Syria

Syrian security forces pour into Damascus suburb

26 Apr 2011 22:18 International criticism grows after Deraa attack Deraa residents: army firing randomly, bodies in street Syrian forces also deploy in Damascus suburb and Banias (Updates death toll, EU considering sanctions, Turkey envoy) By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN, April 26 (Reuters) -...

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Sri Lanka

UN human rights chief welcomes Sri Lanka report, urges further investigation

GENEVA (26 April 2011) -- The High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday welcomed the public release of the report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on accountability issues related to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka, and supported the report’s call for...

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Haiti

Haïti : Rebondissement de l’épidémie de choléra à Baradères

mardi 26 avril 2011 P-au-P, 26 Avril 2011 [AlterPresse] --- Dix-sept personnes sont mortes du cholera en 4 jours dans la commune de Baradères (département des Nippes, Sud-Ouest d’Haïti), apprend AlterPresse. Clednor Blanc, membre de l’organisation Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen, appelle les...

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Pakistan

Pakistan: Schools shut as fear drives teachers away

PESHAWAR, 26 April 2011 (IRIN) - The local school in Wana, the main settlement in Pakistani's South Waziristan tribal agency, has been closed for several months, and the children only come to play games in the compound. "We have no teacher at the school," Rida Ali, 8, said. "So...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire : l'UNICEF est prêt pour aider plus d'1 million d'enfants à retourner à l'école

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, le 26 avril 2011 – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) est prêt pour aider plus de 1 million d'enfants à retourner à l'école après des mois de perturbations du système éducatif provoquées par la crise politique et sécuritaire dans...

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Libya + 1 more

Libya: More refugees flee fighting in the west, new aid reaches the east

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days. We now estimate...

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Burundi

Burundi: Displaced women in Bujumbura risk HIV rather than hunger

BUJUMBURA, 26 April 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - Desperate and displaced, some Burundian women will do anything, including have unprotected sex for money, to escape the dreadful living conditions in the Bujumbura suburb of Sabe, where more than 480 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have lived for...

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Syria

Syria: Military assault against protesters must end

The Syrian government's brutal reaction to its people's demand for change has reached a new and outrageous low, Amnesty International said today, as army tanks continued to shell residential areas in the southern city of Dera'a. After the Syrian army deployed in Dera'a early on...

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CAR + 3 more

Armed groups in Central African Republic continue to recruit children – UN report

Armed groups in Central African Republic continue to recruit children – UN report 25 April 2011 – A new United Nations report voices serious concern about the continued recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for measures to address the ongoing...

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Eritrea + 4 more

Malaria: Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year

NEW YORK, 25 April 2011 – Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year from the disease, with approximately ninety per cent of these deaths occurring in Africa, where malaria accounts for about one in six of all childhood deaths....

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire: Development partners discuss the urgency of recovery

WASHINGTON -- April 20, 2011 - Development partners at a roundtable in the sidelines of the 2011 World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings said they will launch a common needs assessment exercise to get a realistic grasp of the resources that are required to help Cote d'Ivoire...

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Cambodia + 1 more

Cambodia-Thailand: 36,000 displaced by deadly border clashes

SAMRAONG, 25 April 2011 (IRIN) - At least 36,000 people were displaced on 23-24 April amid fresh fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border, officials say. The two countries are at loggerheads over ownership of an 11th century Hindu temple, registered as a UN World Heritage Site in 2008...

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Colombia

Más de 29.000 damnificados por las inundaciones en cinco regiones colombianas

Por Agencia EFE Bogotá, 23 abr (EFE).- Al menos 29.100 personas quedaron damnificadas por nuevas inundaciones y desbordamientos de ríos en Colombia, país que sigue envuelto en una "situación delicada" por efecto de las lluvias, dijeron hoy fuentes humanitarias en Bogotá. Con estos...

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Yemen

Yemen: Protesters vow escalation as Saleh promises to quit

Saleh, opposition accept power transfer plan Protesters sceptical, vow escalation (Adds Saleh quotes in paragraphs 9-11) By Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA, April 24 (Reuters) - Yemeni protesters demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh's immediate resignation vowed to step up street...

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