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Sudan

Sudan: Planting season mobilisation campaign launched

JUBA: The upsurge in conflicts and rising fuel costs have hurt the ability of thousands of people, including returnees, to plant during the current rains, the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation said today as it launched a planting season campaign. Fighting displaced an estimated...

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Philippines

Philippines: Government to speed up IDP shelter programme

MANILA, 16 May 2011 (IRIN) - The Philippines government aims to complete the construction of more than 2,300 "core shelters" for displaced families on the troubled southern island of Mindanao by year-end, effectively halving the total now needed. The news comes as Muslim separatist rebels...

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Nigeria

Nigeria: Post-election violence killed 800 - HRW

Promptly Prosecute Offenders, Address Underlying Causes (Dakar, May 16, 2011) – Deadly election-related and communal violence in northern Nigeria following the April 2011 presidential voting left more than 800 people dead, Human Rights Watch said today. The victims were killed in three days of...

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oPt

OPT: UN humanitarian chief calls for a cessation of violence

(Jerusalem/New York, 15 May 2011): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Valerie Amos today visited Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank on a day of violent protest in the occupied Palestinian territory. In Ramallah,...

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Sudan

Sudan: Water access boosts development, helps reduce tensions

More than 10,000 people in the South Kordofan state of Sudan now have improved access to clean water, following completion of a reservoir through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Some 40 percent of people living in the state do not have access to groundwater...

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Haiti

Haiti presents plan to vaccinate 90 percent of children under 1

Country needs over $100 million financing over five years to carry out comprehensive vaccination plan Washington, DC, May 13th, 2011 (PAHO/WHO)-- Haiti has finalized a plan to ensure immunization against the country’s most prevalent childhood diseases for at least 90 percent of children under 1...

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Syria

Syria: Victims of violence cut off from outside aid

Interview Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo is the ICRC's head of operations for the Near East and Middle East. She talks about the situation in Syria, the ICRC’s main concerns and what the organization is doing to help. What is the current situation and what are your main concerns? We are...

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Myanmar

Myanmar: UN envoy meets with leading Government and opposition figures

13 May 2011 – A top United Nations official today wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, where he met with senior members of the country’s newly installed Government and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). Vijay...

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Venezuela

Venezuela: 25,000 people still in emergency shelters after Nov/Dec 2010 floods

GLIDE n° FL-2010-00240-VEN Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 January to 23 March 2011. The financial report reflects expenditure up to the end March 2011. Appeal target (current): 717,571 Swiss francs. Appeal coverage: 77% Appeal history: A Preliminary Emergency Appeal for 429,887 Swiss...

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Somalia

Somalia: Aid groups warn of worsening food crisis

With malnutrition and food prices rising, aid agencies issue urgent call for support Nairobi, 13th May 2011: 2.4 million Somalis, almost a third of the country’s population, are currently living in crisis due to one of the worst droughts in recent memory, (FSNAU) as well as due to the ongoing...

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Libya

Libya: Misrata airport would be tricky lifeline-agencies

12 May 2011 14:44 Airport could be alternative but security, cost issues U.N. report estimates 4,000 wounded, 500 killed in Misrata By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 12 (Reuters) - Reports that Libyan rebels have captured the airport in the western city of Misrata could herald a new lifeline for...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

Côte d'Ivoire: Medical needs rise as violence subsides

While the major violence may have subsided in Ivory Coast over the past month, medical needs are said to be at critical levels. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says health centers and hospitals are overwhelmed and drug supplies in Abidjan are dangerously low. “Clearly, the emergency remains and the...

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World + 1 more

Children take disaster risk reduction into their own hands

Child activists attending a Conference on Global Disaster Risk Reduction are urging governments to endorse an action plan to minimize the impacts of natural disasters on their lives. More than 600 children in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America were consulted by child advocacy...

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China

China: Communities transformed three years on from Sichuan earthquake

By Francis Markus in China Three years after an 8-magnitude earthquake devastated huge areas of China’s Sichuan Province, leaving more than 87,000 people dead and millions displaced, the region has made an impressive recovery. A massive reconstruction programme undertaken by the Red Cross Red...

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Libya

Libya: How online mapping helped crisis response

NAIROBI, 12 May 2011 (IRIN) - Soon after the Libyan crisis broke, decision-makers and humanitarian workers faced a critical challenge: lack of information about events inside the country. Within hours, Andrej Verity, information management officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of...

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Afghanistan + 22 more

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released...

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World

Over 1 billion tons of food lost or wasted every year, UN-backed report finds

Cutting food waste to feed the world. Over a billion tonnes squandered each year Rome - Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study. The document, Global...

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Algeria + 1 more

Protracted Sahrawi displacement: Challenges and opportunities beyond encampment

The brief analyses the challenges and opportunities -- after 35 years of protracted displacement and encampment -- for the Sahrawi refugees, their political representatives and international actors. The paper challenges assumptions and representations of conditions and dynamics in the camps. Dr...

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