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Algeria + 7 more

IOM appeals for funds to sustain critical assistance to migrants caught up in prolonged Libyan crisis

IOM is today urgently appealing to the international community to continue to help tens of thousands of migrants who have either fled violence in Libya or been left stranded inside the country in a desperate situation. The agency, which has appealed for a total of US$150.2 million, has received...

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Iraq

Iraq: Preparing for a possible returnee influx

BAGHDAD, 18 May 2011 (IRIN) - The Iraqi authorities are bracing for a possible influx of returnees from neighbouring countries affected by violent protests, especially Syria, and say hundreds have already returned from Libya. "Although there has been no major threat against Iraqi families...

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Kenya + 1 more

Kenya-Somalia: Endless stream of refugees

NAIROBI, 17 May 2011 (IRIN) - Facilities in refugee camps in northeastern Kenya have been stretched to the limit, aid workers say, as more and more Somali refugees flee the conflict at home. "Dadaab refugee camps continue to receive a significant number of new arrivals who are often very...

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Afghanistan + 4 more

Child protection in UN peacekeeping: Stories from Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti and the Sudan

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has deployed over 120,000 blue helmets to 15 Peacekeeping Missions all over the world. Each and every one of those blue helmets has a unique story to tell about working with children in conflict situations. Protecting those who are most vulnerable in...

Sudan

Sudan restricts movement of aid groups in South Darfur

17 May 2011 - Representatives from non-governmental organizations, UNAMID and UN agencies were today informed by the Sudan Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission that the State of South Darfur would be immediately restricting all movement of humanitarian actors beyond a 15-kilometer radius of...

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Haiti

Improving delivery of humanitarian aid through communication

Whether by mass SMS campaigns or face-to-face conversation, getting information to beneficiaries can be critical to their survival. Technology offers new tools. But old questions remain: are they getting the message and how well do we listen? Seated at her desk at the IFRC base camp in...

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Egypt + 4 more

Libya: Hundreds return in desperate bid to reach Europe by boat

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. Hundreds of...

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Haiti

Haiti: Addressing sexual violence against women and girls in displacement camps

Young girls and women living in Haiti's displacement camps since last year's earthquake have been particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and abuse with many sources pointing to an increase in reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. Data available from...

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Ethiopia + 1 more

UN agency confirms death of staff member after attack in Ethiopia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that one if its staff members was killed and two others remain missing after an ambush in Ethiopia’s remote Somali region. Farhan Hamsa, who worked as a driver for WFP, died on Friday when unknown assailants attacked an agency convoy that...

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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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