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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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Sudan

Sudan: WFP suspends activities in northern Jonglei after attack

The World Food Program (WFP) says it has temporarily suspended its activities in the northern part of Jonglei state following an attack that resulted in the killing of its staff in Duk county on Friday. WFP's Coordinator in Southern Sudan, Leo Van Der Velden, said that staff is being moved from...

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Libya

Libya: Water and other essential services under growing threat in Misrata - ICRC

Benghazi/Geneva (ICRC) – Hundred of thousands of civilians in Misrata have been caught up in ongoing fighting for seven weeks now. The humanitarian situation could rapidly deteriorate further and the lack of basic services such as water, electricity, food and medical care could turn...

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Cambodia + 1 more

Clashes erupt for third day on Thai-Cambodian border - Thousands shelter in camps

Intense shelling along disputed border U.N. calls for "effective and verifiable" ceasefire Thousands of villagers on both sides flee Thai PM says won't fall into Cambodia's "trap" (Adds details, U.N., Thai PM comments) By Martin Petty BAN NONGKANA, Thailand, April 24...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: Aid agencies fighting to remain impartial

ABIDJAN/DAKAR, 22 April 2011 (IRIN) - The perceived impartiality of UN aid agencies and NGOs is still at risk and must be re-stressed in Côte d'Ivoire, say NGOs, given the UN peacekeeping force's direct role in the fighting. Aid agencies - both UN and NGOs - are deliberately distancing...

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World + 1 more

Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant number...

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Humanitarian coordination in slow-onset emergencies

INTRODUCTION There is a widespread recognition that the nature of humanitarian emergencies is changing. Although catastrophic, sudden-onset events like tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis will continue to happen, and will require rapid and well coordinated humanitarian interventions, many...

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Nigeria

Nigeria: Emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the north

Abuja/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are responding swiftly to the urgent needs of thousands of people displaced in the city of Kano and elsewhere in the north of the country following post-election violence that erupted on 17...

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Somalia

Somalia: Trapped between conflict and natural disaster

21-04-2011 Operational Update Despite recent rains in Somalia's south, livestock and food production in the country as a whole continue to suffer from severe drought. Meanwhile, military offensives launched in late February in Mogadishu and at the frontiers with Kenya and Ethiopia forced...

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Philippines

Philippines: Cholera strikes remote ethnic group

MANILA, 21 April 2011 (IRIN) - Health officials in the Philippines are struggling to contain a cholera outbreak in a remote area on the western island of Palawan. "There was no potable water, no toilets. The tribesmen defecated everywhere, and used contaminated water to both wash and as a...

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