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Niger: Niger: Swimming for her life

Niger - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 19 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Niger, Nigeria

On 23 November, the town of Damassack in northern Nigeria was attacked by the militant group Boko Haram. Thirteen-year-old Hadja Chetima Gambo was at school at the time. In the ensuing panic, the school emptied as everyone scrambled to find a safe place to hide.

Read the full story on the OCHA website.

Afghanistan: 2014 Sees Highest Civilian Casualty Figures Recorded

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 54 min ago
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Country: Afghanistan

NEW YORK, 19 December 2014 – The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan this year is the highest ever recorded by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said its head, Nicholas Haysom, at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York today.

Mr. Haysom, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians.

“One of the measurements of the security situation has been civilian casualties,” the special envoy said. “Civilian casualties are a particularly tragic and very prominent part, even benchmark, of the horror of the violence that ordinary Afghans face.”

As of 30 November, UNAMA has recorded more civilian deaths and injuries during 2014 than in any other year since it began its authoritative reports in 2009.

Civilian casualties increased 19 per cent overall from last year, said Mr. Haysom, who was joined at the briefing by Georgette Gagnon, the director of UNAMA Human Rights. These casualties resulted mostly from ground engagements between parties to the conflict, improvised explosive devices, and suicide and complex attacks. Insurgents were responsible for at least 75 per cent of the casualties, said Ms. Gagnon.

In his briefing to the Security Council yesterday, Mr. Haysom referred to the 23 November suicide attack on a large crowd watching a volleyball match in Paktika, killing at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, as an example of a shift in approach of anti-Government elements.

Mr. Haysom told journalists that UNAMA is continuing discussions with all parties, including the Taliban, to strengthen mitigating measures to limit the impact of the conflict on civilians.

Ms. Gagnon announced that the number of civilians killed and injured in the first eleven months of this year in Afghanistan total 9,617, with 3,188 civilian killed and 6,429 injured.

Children civilian casualties increased 33 per cent compared to 2013, with casualties among women up 12 per cent. Ms. Gagnon said that current projections indicate that 2014 will be the first year that the civilian casualty count will pass 10,000 civilian casualties since UNAMA began its reports.

Afghanistan: 2014 Sees Highest Civilian Casualty Figures Recorded

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 54 min ago
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Country: Afghanistan

NEW YORK, 19 December 2014 – The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan this year is the highest ever recorded by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said its head, Nicholas Haysom, at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York today.

Mr. Haysom, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians.

“One of the measurements of the security situation has been civilian casualties,” the special envoy said. “Civilian casualties are a particularly tragic and very prominent part, even benchmark, of the horror of the violence that ordinary Afghans face.”

As of 30 November, UNAMA has recorded more civilian deaths and injuries during 2014 than in any other year since it began its authoritative reports in 2009.

Civilian casualties increased 19 per cent overall from last year, said Mr. Haysom, who was joined at the briefing by Georgette Gagnon, the director of UNAMA Human Rights. These casualties resulted mostly from ground engagements between parties to the conflict, improvised explosive devices, and suicide and complex attacks. Insurgents were responsible for at least 75 per cent of the casualties, said Ms. Gagnon.

In his briefing to the Security Council yesterday, Mr. Haysom referred to the 23 November suicide attack on a large crowd watching a volleyball match in Paktika, killing at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, as an example of a shift in approach of anti-Government elements.

Mr. Haysom told journalists that UNAMA is continuing discussions with all parties, including the Taliban, to strengthen mitigating measures to limit the impact of the conflict on civilians.

Ms. Gagnon announced that the number of civilians killed and injured in the first eleven months of this year in Afghanistan total 9,617, with 3,188 civilian killed and 6,429 injured.

Children civilian casualties increased 33 per cent compared to 2013, with casualties among women up 12 per cent. Ms. Gagnon said that current projections indicate that 2014 will be the first year that the civilian casualty count will pass 10,000 civilian casualties since UNAMA began its reports.

Central African Republic: Central African Republic Response: End of Year Factsheet, December 2014 [EN/FR]

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 8 hours 17 min ago
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Central African Republic

Urgent actions for children in 2015

• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.

• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.

• The prevalence of malnutrition, including severe acute malnutrition is alarming, and the nutritional status of children has deteriorated across the country, reaching the emergency threshold in most prefectures.

• It is estimated that between 6,000 and 10,000 children are associated with armed groups, representing a tripling of this number in the last two years.

• Reconciliation and recovery can be achieved through investment in education: UNICEF supports a multiphase campaign for school resumption of more than 660,000 children.

• The crisis has spread beyond the borders of CAR, and has led to the displacement of more than 200,000 people in neighboring countries and the separation of hundreds of families in 2014.

Philippines: Lives of danger, poverty on Philippines' typhoon coast

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:36pm
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Philippines

Taft, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 12/20/2014 - 03:35 GMT

by Cecil MORELLA

Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the ground zero for many of East Asia's deadliest storms.

Homes, boats, crops, livestock and jobs are all on the line each time the monster winds roar in from the Pacific Ocean, leaving survivors to mourn their dead and pick up the broken pieces, year in and year out.

"Life is a struggle here," Dilao, 43, told AFP a few days after Typhoon Hagupit destroyed his shanty and killed more than 20 people this month.

He likened the plight of local people to those of stray chickens.

"We're scratching at the soil non-stop in hopes of finding a scrap to eat," he said.

Hagupit came a year after Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever storm recorded on land, killed 7,350 people on Samar and neighbouring islands.

Samar, about half the size of Belgium, is often the first major Asian landmass hit by the more than 20 tropical storms or typhoons that are born in the Pacific Ocean each year.

With much of the mountainous island stripped by deforestation, most of its 1.8 million residents live on narrow, sea-level strips along the coast, at the mercy of the storms' ferocious winds and tsunami-like ocean surges.

Living in the town of Taft on Samar's east coast, the Dilao family survived both the storm surges of both Hagupit and Haiyan by fleeing to a nearby hill, waiting them out under a raggedy tent made of bamboo frames and a tarpaulin sheet.

In nearby San Julian, small-scale farmer Benjie Baldenero was also struggling to cope with having lost his home in Haiyan when it happened again in Hagupit.

The 40-year-old spoke of pledging the next harvest as collateral so he could borrow money to rebuild his grass hut again and replace flooded rice seedlings.

"We have not even repaid last year's debts and here we are needing to take out more loans," Baldenero told AFP.

  • Typhoons and guerillas -

The vicious cycle ensures Samar and the neighbouring island of Leyte are among the poorest regions of the Philippines, accounting for just 2.2 percent of national economic output.

"Bad weather plays a major role in shaping our economy because typhoons destroy practically everything in their path," Ben Evardone, a congressman and former governor of Eastern Samar province, told AFP.

Six in 10 people on Samar's east coast are poor, according to government data, fuelling a decades-old communist insurgency that has largely petered out across the rest of the Philippines.

Samar is one of only five regions of the country where New People's Army rebels are still active, Philippine Army spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato told AFP.

"They continue to attract followers due to the poverty," he said.

Typhoons and guerrillas also mean the island attracts few outside investors, Evardone said.

There are few jobs available except farming and fishing, which are among those most vulnerable to the extreme weather.

Those in the few other industries also suffer during the storms.

Jaime Caballa, 53, saw his restaurant in the university town of Can-avid ripped apart by Hagupit, then ransacked by looters.

With banks unwilling to lend without collateral and his modest savings gutted by Haiyan, the father-of-four now has to deal with loansharks to finance repairs.

"The restaurant was shuttered for a week after Haiyan. This time, we'll likely be out of business for months," he told AFP.

The extreme weather leaves the island with coconuts, also the Philippines' principal export crop, as the main source of income.

Farmers also plant much less valuable sweet potatoes, cassava and taro to supplement their rice-based diet.

But even coconuts are no match for the strongest winds.

Haiyan destroyed most of the island's coconut industry last year, felling more than 33 million trees across the central Philippines according to official estimates, while Hagupit took care of much of what was left.

"It takes seven years for coconut trees to bear fruit. In the meantime, what will our people do? The impact of these typhoons will be felt over a long time," Evardone said.

  • Exodus -

Many Samar residents leave the island if they can.

Samar and Leyte are well-known sources of unskilled domestic workers and labourers for Manila, 500 kilometres (311 miles) to the northwest, as well as the central port city of Cebu.

Many educated residents also eventually move out, said Cristina Colico, 36, a lawyer and San Julian native who now works at the Philippine central bank in Manila.

"Samar residents can endure the storms, that's not why they leave," she told AFP.

"They just want to look for better jobs elsewhere."

But this option is not always open to unskilled workers.

"I wish we could move elsewhere, but in reality we know we have nowhere else to go," said Dilao the coconut farmer.

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Philippines: UNDP, Korea ink partnership to support typhoon recovery and resilience in Eastern Visayas

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:20pm
Source: UN Development Programme Country: Philippines, Republic of Korea

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have inked a partnership that will enable the recovery and build the resilience of selected local government units and communities in Eastern Visayas.

Assistance from KOICA directly responds to typhoon recovery priorities identified in the recently-completed Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). This support becomes even more important today as it covers three municipalities affected by Typhoon Hagupit (local name: Ruby).

Through KOICA’s contribution of US$3 million over a duration of one and a half years, UNDP will implement livelihood skills training, cash-for-livelihood, and waste management improvements in the municipalities of Hernani and Guiuan in Eastern Samar and Basey in Samar.

Livelihood skills training will develop the capacities of the survivors to engage in income generating activities and help stimulate economic activity in the communities. The cash-for-livelihood component would help provide short-term employment as well as contribute to the collection of felled coconut trees and the milling of coconut lumber (e.g. for housing repairs). Waste management and landfill development will empower the community to properly dispose waste and promote a cleaner and healthier environment.

KOICA Resident Representative of Philippines Office Song Minhyeon said, “KOICA, on behalf of the Korean Government, is committed to supporting typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines and is carrying out few projects especially in Visayas. We will continue to increasing resilience, ensure a full recovery in this area for building back better.”

Working with the government of the Philippines, UNDP has contributed to improving knowledge about disaster risk and awareness, and have helped develop a more proactive and risk management oriented approach on prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation/recovery.

UNDP Philippines Country Director Maurice Dewulf said, “At UNDP, we know that challenges remain in helping people get back on their feet, but Filipinos are admirably resilient – as they have again shown during Typhoon Hagupit. We will continue to work with the Philippine Government, the communities and our partners so that people can quickly regain their livelihoods.”

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria Regional Response Plan - RRP 2014 - UNHCR Income as of 16 December 2014

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:06pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey

South Sudan: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Regional Update, 45 (15 – 19 December 2014)

Uganda - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

  • 17 December 2014: Launch of the 2015 inter-agency South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Humanitarian actors are seeking USD 810 million for the 2015 RRP in four countries. The event included overviews on: “2015 RRP – key highlights and challenges” by the UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator; “Current outlook inside South Sudan situation” by OCHA; “Food insecurity and the (potential) impact on population movements” by WFP; “Child protection” by UNICEF; “Challenges of operating remote locations” by IAWG; and the “Human impact of the absence of political solutions to the South Sudan crisis” by UNHCR Director of the Africa Bureau. The Guest of Honour was the Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya.

  • 15 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for power-sharing agreement in South Sudan. “Today marks one year since conflict broke out in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. I am dismayed and saddened that the parties have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.”

South Sudan: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Regional Update, 45 (15 – 19 December 2014)

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

  • 17 December 2014: Launch of the 2015 inter-agency South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Humanitarian actors are seeking USD 810 million for the 2015 RRP in four countries. The event included overviews on: “2015 RRP – key highlights and challenges” by the UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator; “Current outlook inside South Sudan situation” by OCHA; “Food insecurity and the (potential) impact on population movements” by WFP; “Child protection” by UNICEF; “Challenges of operating remote locations” by IAWG; and the “Human impact of the absence of political solutions to the South Sudan crisis” by UNHCR Director of the Africa Bureau. The Guest of Honour was the Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya.

  • 15 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for power-sharing agreement in South Sudan. “Today marks one year since conflict broke out in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. I am dismayed and saddened that the parties have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.”

South Sudan: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Regional Update, 45 (15 – 19 December 2014)

Kenya - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

  • 17 December 2014: Launch of the 2015 inter-agency South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Humanitarian actors are seeking USD 810 million for the 2015 RRP in four countries. The event included overviews on: “2015 RRP – key highlights and challenges” by the UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator; “Current outlook inside South Sudan situation” by OCHA; “Food insecurity and the (potential) impact on population movements” by WFP; “Child protection” by UNICEF; “Challenges of operating remote locations” by IAWG; and the “Human impact of the absence of political solutions to the South Sudan crisis” by UNHCR Director of the Africa Bureau. The Guest of Honour was the Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya.

  • 15 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for power-sharing agreement in South Sudan. “Today marks one year since conflict broke out in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. I am dismayed and saddened that the parties have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.”

South Sudan: South Sudan Situation UNHCR Regional Update, 45 (15 – 19 December 2014)

Ethiopia - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

  • 17 December 2014: Launch of the 2015 inter-agency South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Humanitarian actors are seeking USD 810 million for the 2015 RRP in four countries. The event included overviews on: “2015 RRP – key highlights and challenges” by the UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator; “Current outlook inside South Sudan situation” by OCHA; “Food insecurity and the (potential) impact on population movements” by WFP; “Child protection” by UNICEF; “Challenges of operating remote locations” by IAWG; and the “Human impact of the absence of political solutions to the South Sudan crisis” by UNHCR Director of the Africa Bureau. The Guest of Honour was the Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya.

  • 15 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for power-sharing agreement in South Sudan. “Today marks one year since conflict broke out in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. I am dismayed and saddened that the parties have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement.”

Somalia: IOM Builds Capacity of Bosaso Fisheries Community in Puntland

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 9:58pm
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Somalia

Somalia - IOM, with support from Japan, and in collaboration with the regional authorities of Puntland, including the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Port Authority, has conducted its first ever training for the fishing community in Bosaso. The training aimed to help improve the livelihoods of people working in the sector and encourage economic diversification.

Located on the Somali coast, Bosaso is one of the main port cities in Puntland and has an active fishing community. But the sector remains under developed due to a lack of proper infrastructure and skills.

The coastal city is also an exit point that attracts migrants from many parts of Somalia and Ethiopia on their dangerous journey to the Gulf. It has also seen the arrival of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) from South Central Somalia over the past two decades, many of whom have become involved in the fishing industry.

Some 36 people from the host and IDP communities involved in the sector received training in fish processing, including fish handling, spoilage, preservation techniques, and the proper use of fishing gear. They were also trained in business management skills to help them to develop small businesses and generate income.

The fishing industry could become an important contributor to Bosaso’s economy. Many IDP families currently make a living by selling fish in the Bosaso fish market at the port or to local hotels and shops in the town. The sector also offers job opportunities for young people and women.

For more information, please contact

Abdirahman Mohamed
IOM Somalia
Tel +254 726 410 202
Email abdimohamed@iom.int

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Nord Kivu: 13 ONG Humanitaires Int'l menacent de se retirer de Rutshuru suite à l’insécurité

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 9:22pm
Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dans le territoire de Rutshuru, des ONG internationales menacent de suspendre leurs activités si leur sécurité n’est pas assurée. Elles l’ont fait savoir dans un communiqué publié il y a quelques jours à Rutshuru – centre.

Cette prise de position radicale est consécutive à l’aggravation de la situation sécuritaire dans ce territoire. Le gouverneur de province assure ses partenaires humanitaires que le gouvernement congolais fera tout son possible pour assurer la sécurité dans cette zone. Dans un message conjoint datant de la semaine dernière, les 13 organisations humanitaires internationales expliquent qu’elles ont déjà été victimes, il y a quelques semaines, de plusieurs incidents dont des braquages et attaques de leurs convois par des hommes armés. Toutes ces attaques ont coûté la vie à certains employés.

Ces humanitaires rappellent que leur priorité est d’apporter une assistance humanitaire d’urgence ou de mettre en place des projets de développement et d’appui. Ce qui nécessite la sécurité de leurs agents et un accès humanitaire sécurisé, afin de rejoindre les bénéficiaires dans le besoin. Elles ajoutent que faute de cela, elles devront suspendre leurs activités. Le gouverneur de province souligne que leur préoccupation sera prise en compte et promet que tout est fait pour améliorer cette situation. Julien Paluku les exhorte à un peu de patience pour éradiquer ce phénomène lié à l’insécurité. Il se dit persuadé qu’une solution sera trouvée dans les prochains jours.

Sudan: The AU Peace and Security Council, at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted a decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP)

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 8:34pm
Source: African Union Country: South Sudan, Sudan

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted the following decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP):

Council,

  1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan;

    1. Recalls the mandate given by Council to the AUHIP through communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.1(CCVII) adopted at its 207th meeting held on 29 October 2009, to assist the Sudanese parties in the implementation of the CPA and other related processes, as part of the democratic transformation of the Sudan and South Sudan;
    2. Further recalls its communiqués and press statements related to the activities of the AUHIP in Sudan and South Sudan, in particular the Communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM /2.(CCCXCVII), adopted at its 397th meeting, held on 23 September 2013, which extended the mandate of the AUHIP until December 2014;
    3. Commends the AUHIP and its members, namely former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Pierre Buyoya, as well as its support team, for their continued efforts to assist the Parties to establish cooperative relations toward the goal of two viable states, at peace with one another. In this regard, Council decides to extend the mandate of the AUHIP until 31st December 2015 and encourages the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to continue with their efforts to conclude the outstanding issues under the facilitation of the AUHIP;
    4. Calls on the Panel to submit a report on its activities within the next three months;
    5. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

Central African Republic: Central African Republic - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 8:01pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic, United States of America

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insecurity, including attacks targeting relief workers and logistical constraints, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.

  • More than 1.5 million people in CAR are experiencing acute food insecurity and require emergency food assistance.

  • As of December 19, international donors had committed $374.4 million, or 67 percent, of the $555 million requested in the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan (SRP).

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • The international community continues to express concerns regarding insecurity—including attacks targeting humanitarian actors and organizations—and resultant displacement and humanitarian needs in CAR. Since January, the U.N. has registered nearly 125 security incidents against humanitarian workers, which resulted in the death of 18 humanitarian workers.

  • In early December, OCHA released the Global Humanitarian Overview 2015 requesting $16.4 billion to deliver humanitarian assistance to an estimated 57.5 million people worldwide. The appeal requests nearly $613 million to assist 2 million of the 2.7 million people in need in CAR through the 2015 SRP and $298 million to assist nearly 461,200 CAR refugees in Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo through the CAR Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2015.

Iraq: Iraq - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 7:36pm
Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Iraq, United States of America

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.

  • USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

  • Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On November 18, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Valerie Amos and other U.N. officials briefed the U.N. Security Council on the current crisis in Iraq. ERC Amos stated that every governorate in the country is hosting IDPs, with nearly half of all IDPs residing in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). ERC Amos called on the international community to support the $173 million request for winter preparedness efforts. The support would ensure that 450,000 people have seasonally appropriate clothing; 300,000 people receive blankets, stoves, and other emergency relief items; 100,000 people receive safe drinking water and sanitation supplies; and more than 1 million people have access to health care.

  • In recent weeks, violence and insecurity in southern areas of Kirkuk Governorate continued to cause population displacement, with humanitarian organizations reporting a limited ability to access conflict-affected communities and respond to urgent needs, according to the U.N. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the nearly 183,000 IDPs in Kirkuk require shelter support, emergency relief items, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance. Host community resources are strained and, as of late November, nearly 48 percent of IDPs are sheltering in sub-standard arrangements, such as unfinished and abandoned buildings and informal settlements, according to IOM. In addition, the U.N. reports that 660 schools across Iraq are still sheltering IDPs as of December 12.

Central African Republic: Central African Republic (CAR) Situation Report N.44 (as of 18 December 2014)

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 7:24pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan

Highlights

  • One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.

  • An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.

  • A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.

  • International NGO IEDA Relief reports new population movements due to the burning of houses in Nana Mambere Province.

Central African Republic: Central African Republic (CAR) Situation Report N.44 (as of 18 December 2014)

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 19 December 2014 - 7:24pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan

Highlights

  • One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.

  • An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.

  • A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.

  • International NGO IEDA Relief reports new population movements due to the burning of houses in Nana Mambere Province.

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