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WFP feeds 45,000 displaced by conflict around Abyei

KHARTOUM/JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 45,000 displaced people from Abyei with food assistance following the fighting that broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army. “We have partners on the ground who helped us...

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World

Health: Predicting cholera outbreaks

JOHANNESBURG, 1 June 2011 (IRIN) - A new study into the linkages between rain, temperature and cholera shows scientists may be able to predict epidemics in time to save people from the life-threatening disease. After analysing several years of disease and weather data from cholera-endemic areas of...

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Syria

Syria: Crimes against humanity in Daraa - HRW report

Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Daraa Killings, Torture in a Locked-Down City Under Siege (New York, June 1, 2011) – Systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces in the city of Daraa since protests began there on March 18, 2011, strongly suggest that these qualify as crimes...

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World

Growing a Better Future: Food justice in a resource-constrained world - Oxfam report

Global food crisis looms as crop prices set to rocket Oxfam launches global Grow campaign so everyone has enough to eat Oxfam today warns that average prices of staple crops will more than double in 20 years if urgent action is not taken to change the international food system, which is already...

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Libya

Libya: Lack of awareness on dangers of UXO poses serious threat to civilians, especially children

(May 31, 2011) (Benghazi, Libya) – On the floor of a cargo hold in a ship evacuating casualties from the Libyan city of Misrata, 14-year-old Ayman Abdulatif was mute on his makeshift hospital bed. He had no hands, and his wrists were wrapped in heavy gauze. Ayman’s cousin, Mahmoud, was nearby,...

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Kenya

Kenya: Government sued over alleged failure to respect constitutional right to food

NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) - Just as it declares a national disaster over drought, the Kenyan government is being sued over its alleged failure to respect a new constitutional right to food. High prices and poor rains have left some 2.4 million Kenyans at risk of severe food insecurity, according...

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China

China: Light rain to bring slight respite from southern drought

China's meteorological authority said Tuesday that drought-stricken regions along the lower and middle reaches of the Yangtze River will get some relief with the arrival of light rainfalls in the coming three days. Drizzles, moderate rains and thundershowers are forecast to hit central China...

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Sudan

Sudan: IOM steps up emergency assistance to thousands displaced by Abyei events

IOM is continuing with its emergency assistance to thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled the violence in the contested region of Abyei in Sudan. Up to yesterday, 30th May, IOM had registered 30,642 IDPs, most of them women, children and the elderly. Reports of a further...

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Yemen

Yemen truce ends, stoking worries of civil war

President refusing to step down Battle with al Qaeda and Islamist militants in Zinjibar Yemen chaos could hit global oil supplies By Mohamed Sudam SANAA, May 31 (Reuters) - A tenuous truce ending days of street fighting in the Yemeni capital has broken down between tribal groups and forces...

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Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa could total $4 billion, FAO/WB report

Stemming post-harvest waste crucial to African food security, Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa could total $4 billion, FAO/WB reportRome/Accra, 31 May 2011 - Investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food supply in sub-Saharan Africa, according...

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Chad + 3 more

Tchad : 1030 enfants retirés des forces et groupes armés depuis 2007

Ce bulletin est produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il est publié par le bureau de OCHA-Tchad et couvre la période allant du 20 avril au 25 mai 2011. Le prochain bulletin sera publié vers le 25 juin 2011. I. FAITS MAJEURS • Quelques 60 000 Tchadiens...

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Lebanon

Lebanon: Attack on peacekeepers not to deter UN's work

The attack that injured six United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon last week will not deter the world body from its work in the country, the commander of the force pledged today. The roadside bomb that ripped through a convoy of vehicles belonging to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) near...

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Pakistan: Humanitarian agencies preparing for mass displacement in North Waziristan

U.S. pressure to attack North Waziristan Pakistan faces strategic dilemma in region Humanitarian agencies preparing for mass displacement By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD, May 30 (Reuters) - Humanitarian agencies active in Pakistan's northwest have been quietly told to prepare for up to 365,000...

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Sudan

Sudan: Fuel shortages, rains, poor state of roads impede humanitarian access - OCHA

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers 29 and 30 May. The next report will be issued on 1 June. Highlights: · Distributions in key areas are underway, but humanitarian needs among the displaced remain high. · Humanitarian partners...

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Libya

Joint WHO, UN team facilitates humanitarian and medical support to Libya

A joint WHO/UN humanitarian team has been in Libya to negotiate ways of providing humanitarian support to the Libyan people and other nationalities displaced as a result of the conflict. The team held constructive negotiations in the Tunisian border city of Zarzis and the Libyan capital Tripoli to...

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oPt

OPT: Educated, unemployed youth - a recipe for trouble

JERUSALEM, 30 May 2011 (IRIN) - The lack of job opportunities for young people in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has created an unemployment crisis that could further destabilize the Arab region, experts warn. "The largest generation, which was born in the 1980s, has reached working...

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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau: UN calls on international support for security reform roadmap

The Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General in West Africa today called on international community to support the implementation of the Security Sector Reform and stabilization roadmap in Guinea-Bissau. During their twentieth high-level consultation in Dakar in order to...

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Monsoon rain affects more than 8,600

In Sri Lanka Southwestern monsoonal rain has affected several thousand people mainly in four districts in the country. More than 8600 persons have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides in the Kegalle, Galle, Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara Districts, the Disaster Management Centre...

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