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Ethiopia + 2 more

Mozambique: Extreme overcrowding in refugee centers increases health risks

HIGHLIGHTS / KEY PRIORITIES Around 4,000 asylum seekers and refugee population are currently physically present in Maratane Refugee Center, while 1,000 individuals from the two countries (Ethiopia and Somalia) are at the entry point in Palma and in need of humanitarian assistance. The poor health...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 3 more

Côte d’Ivoire: Appeal is funded only at 22%; low funding curtails delivery of humanitarian assistance

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Côte d’Ivoire. It covers the period from 04 to 08 May 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 10 May 2011. I. Highlights/key priorities Humanitarian assistance reaches more people in...

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Afghanistan + 18 more

Protection of Civilians in 2010: Facts, Figures, and the UN Security Council’s response - new Oxfam report

In 2010, millions of men, women, and children were killed, raped, displaced, injured, or recruited by force in armed conflicts throughout the world. Whether caught in the crossfire or deliberately targeted, civilians too often suffer disproportionately as a result of conflict. The primary...

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Philippines

Tropical Storm Aere pounds Philippines, kills 13

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW: · Tropical Storm "BEBENG" has maintained its strength as it moves Northward · Location of Eye/Center: At 4:00 PM today, the center of TS “Bebeng” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 50 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.5°N, 122.2°E) ·...

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Syria

Syria escalates crackdown, 14 killed in Homs

Syrian security forces have escalated their military crackdown, killing 14 people, including a young boy, in the central city of Homs, detaining more than 200 others in the coastal city of Banias, and sweeping into several southern towns. Human rights groups say tanks and troops stormed three Homs...

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Lebanon

Lebanon: Fight to criminalize violence against women

by Marla Swanson Kafa ("Enough") Violence & Exploitation is an organization in Lebanon focusing on fighting violence against women, child sexual abuse, and trafficking. The group works to eradicate gender-based violence through advocating for legal reform and change of policies and...

Sudan

Sudan: Abyei at a dangerous tipping point

Nairobi/Brussels, 8 May 2011: Abyei is on the brink of dangerous new conflict that risks escalation of violent confrontation between security forces and other armed proxies from North and South Sudan on the eve of Southern independence. Fighting in recent days follows months of recurring incidents...

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Philippines: Tropical Storm Aere affects 16,000 families

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW: • As of 4:00 PM, 8 May 2011, Tropical Strom Bebeng continues to move towards Quezon- Aurora area II. Effects A. Incidents Monitored Region V • Flooding incident occurred in Libon, Albay affecting Brgys. Sta. Cruz, San Agustin, West and East Carisac, Paklas Zone 4,...

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Sudan

Sudan: As military stand-off continues in Abyei area, UN chief presses for peace

6 May 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over the continuing military stand-off in Sudan’s disputed area of Abyei, saying the deadlock has led to further loss of life, despite the recent peace measures agreed to by both parties. “The Secretary-General calls upon the...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: Unrest delays polio vaccine drive

DAKAR, 6 May 2011 (IRIN) - Insecurity has forced health officials in Côte d'Ivoire to delay a polio vaccine campaign in Bas Sassandra, a southern region where at least three people have recently contracted the highly infectious disease. [ http://www.who.int/topics/poliomyelitis/en/...

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Help "trickling in" for millions needing food aid

ADDIS ABABA, 6 May 2011 (IRIN) - The Ethiopian government has started receiving food and non-food aid for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in the country's southern and south-eastern lowlands after an appeal in April, Agriculture Minister Mitiku Kassa told IRIN. "Based on their...

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Colombia

Colombia: IOM steps-up support to victims of deadly floods and landslides

Deadly floods and landslides brought on by the longest and most severe rainy seasons recorded in Colombia in the last 50 years, have killed 444 people and directly affected more than three million residents in the vast majority of the 1,121 municipalities in the country. Working with the Colombian...

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Libya

Libyan food supplies could run out in weeks, warns WFP

05 May 2011 18:19 U.N. food aid body says Libya only has food for 6-8 weeks WFP warns of potential for full-scale humanitarian crisis Cost of getting aid to Libya has "risen exponentially" By Charlie Dunmore BRUSSELS, May 5 (Reuters) - Libya's food supplies could run out within...

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Egypt + 1 more

Democracy and gender equality: Women's involvement in 'Arab spring'

Speech delivered by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Democracy and Gender Equality Roundtable, UN Headquarters, New York, on 4 May 2011. Ladies and Gentlemen, This year may well mark the beginning of the ‘fourth wave’ of democracy. As we...

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Syria

Syria: Red Cross delivers first relief aid to Deraa

Team of 13 aid workers make one-day visit to southern city Convoy delivers food, water and first aid supplies Coincides with Syrian announcement that army pulls back By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 5 (Reuters) - Aid workers from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday delivered their first...

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Ethiopia + 2 more

East Africa: Poor performance of April rains brings major food security concerns

Poor performance of April rains brings major food security concerns in the Eastern Horn The progress of the March to May rains to date in pastoral and cropping areas of Kenya and Somalia and belg cropping areas of Ethiopia has been extremely poor. In Kenya, rainfall deficits in most districts of...

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Kenya

Kenya: Failure of long rains in critical areas deepens food insecurity

Failure of long rains in critical areas deepens food insecurity The poor performance of the long rains (March‐May) to date in northern, eastern, and southeastern areas of Kenya is raising serious food security concerns. Food insecurity for an estimated 700,000 people in northern and eastern...

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Libya

Libya: Providing medical and surgical treatment to the wounded in Misrata

Even as the bombings continue, Medecins Sans Frontieres teams are ramping up their medical activities and have been performing surgeries in the northern part of the besieged city of Misrata. For the past two months, government forces and insurgents have been battling over the city of Misrata. The...

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