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Myanmar

Myanmar: Three years later, still no shelter

BANGKOK, 3 May 2011 (IRIN) - Three years after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, thousands still need shelter assistance, officials and aid workers say. "This is an area where there are still huge needs," Arne Jan Flolo, first secretary of the Norwegian Embassy, which has been a major...

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Colombia

Colombia: Dying for a promised land

Susan Abad Attacks increase on campesino leaders demanding their seized land. Since 2002, 50 campesino leaders have been killed in Colombia for trying to recover their lands that had been seized by armed groups. Three leaders were murdered in April alone. On March 29, 23 social organizations...

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Libya

Libya: UN looking to return to Tripoli after unrest forces temporary relocation

2 May 2011 – The United Nations is exploring ways to re-enter Tripoli as soon as possible, a spokesperson for the world body said today, following the announcement that 12 international staff left owing to unrest in parts of the Libyan capital. According to media reports, angry mobs attacked a UN...

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Sudan

Sudan: Recent clashes in Unity displace large numbers of civilians

Highlights • One humanitarian worker killed and two remain missing in southern Sudan. • Humanitarian Coordinator meets with the Vice-President of the Government of South Sudan and the Chief of Staff of the SPLA to condemn the incidents and to call on all parties to ensure the protection of...

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oPt

OPT: Cut off from healthcare

BEIT JALA, 2 May 2011 (IRIN) - Fuad Ahmed Jabo's mother was 70 when she died of a heart attack at their home in the Palestinian village of Tantour in Beit Jala, between Israeli-controlled Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. They had called a Palestinian ambulance but delays at the...

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Libya + 2 more

Libya: UN relocates to Tunisia, humanitarian operation continues

This report produced by OCHA Libya in collaboration with humanitarian partners, covering the period of 28 April to 1 May. The next report will be issued on or around 3 May. I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES  International United Nations staff in Tripoli were evacuated to Tunisia following...

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Bahrain + 2 more

UNDP defers upcoming five-year programme for Syria

New York — In light of developments in the region, UNDP is deferring its upcoming five-year programmes for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria pending further review. The decision was taken by UNDP to ensure that new programmes address the evolving development needs of the people in each country. The...

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Guatemala

Guatemala: Depletion of food reserves leads to food insecurity

Depletion of food reserves leads to food insecurity Key Messages • This year the lean season will mainly be affected by the high price of maize, which is above the average for this time of year, and the high price of fuel, especially for diesel which is used to transport food. This will...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: All parties must prevent civilian casualties

30 April 2011 – With announcements of a planned increase in fighting and hostilities in Afghanistan in the coming months, we call, as the United Nations and on behalf of all Afghans, on all parties to take all necessary measures to protect civilians. “Parties to the conflict must not...

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World

New Guide for Governments - How the international humanitarian system supports government disaster response in Latin America and the Caribbean

Introduction In order for action to be meaningful, it must be performed within a global context. Although disaster response begins at the local level, it is carried out within the context of the global humanitarian system. The main purpose of the Guide for Governments is to promote basic...

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Sudan

World Bank and Google support development in South Sudan with diaspora-driven 'Mapathon'

Press Release No:2011/461/AFR WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 - More than 60 members of the Southern Sudanese diaspora came together to help locate schools, hospitals, and other social infrastructure at a “Mapathon” on South Sudan today. Held at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.,...

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Bangladesh + 1 more

Corruption risks related to tackling climate change

Climate change measures must be made corruption proof Dhaka, Bangladesh/Berlin, 30 April 2011 As governments prepare to spend up to US$100 billion annually by 2020 to limit climate change and prepare for its impact, Transparency International (TI) warns of the corruption risks of climate finance...

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Uganda

Uganda: WFP expands livelihoods programme to help end dependency

In a bid to help end vulnerability in the impoverished Karamoja region, WFP is investing more in support of livelihoods. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has expanded its assets-creation programme to help strengthen livelihoods in the Karamoja region. The programme, which reached an...

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Ethiopia + 3 more

Somalia: Number of refugees grows sharply in 2011

UNHCR is alarmed by the continuing deterioration of the situation in Somalia, forcing an increasing number of Somalis into displacement. The number of Somali refugees arriving to neighbouring countries during the first quarter of this year has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in...

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Libya + 1 more

Tensions on Libya-Tunisia border stem outflow of refugees

Escalated fighting at the Dehiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia has stopped the outflow of refugees from Libya’s Western Mountains. UNHCR is very concerned that people fleeing Libya could be caught in the cross-fire as government and opposition forces battle for control in the border...

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Burundi

Burundi : Besoin pressant d'aide alimentaire après une saison des récoltes médiocre

BUJUMBURA, 29 avril 2011 (IRIN) - Selon des responsables agricoles, des milliers de personnes manquent cruellement de nourriture après les fortes pluies qui ont détruit, en mars, les récoltes de haricots, de bananes et de manioc dans la province de Ruyigi, à l'est du Burundi. « En ce qui...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council renews arms embargo, diamond trade ban and targeted sanctions for one year

Watch the Webcast SC/10236 Security Council 6525th Meeting (AM) Says Can Be Lifted, Modified Earlier, Depending on Progress in Peace Process; Côte d’Ivoire Says Renewal Needed So Development Not Compromised by Illicit Arms Determining that the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continued to pose a...

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Libya

Libya faces potential food crisis unless stocks are replenished soon, UN warns

28 April 2011 – Unless a major effort is undertaken to replenish food stocks in Libya the country is at risk of a major food crisis within the next two months, a senior United Nations official warned today. Daly Belgasami of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that the disruption of port...

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Cambodia + 1 more

Cambodia agrees ceasefire with Thai army after clashes

Ceasefire follows seven days of clashes Politics seen fueling, complicating conflict More than 60,000 people displaced (Recasts with ceasefire, changes dateline) By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, April 28 (Reuters) - Thai and and Cambodian troops agreed on Thursday to a ceasefire, Cambodia's...

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USA

USA: President declares emergency for Alabama due to tornadoes

Release Date: April 27, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-041 » More Information on Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds » En Español WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid...

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