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occupied Palestinian territory: Our Humanitarian Mission Is Still Here

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 16 min ago
Source: Magen David Adom in Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory

At the beginning of the second week of July 2014, the number of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel has increased significantly, and the lives of millions of civilians were put in harm's way as a result.

Currently, Magen David Adom, the Israeli National Society and the National EMS Service is required to uphold the highest level of alert in response to the rocket attacks by operating hundreds of ambulances. The main challenge is to be ready for any escalation, prepared to respond to any event that might unfold, along with providing routine Emergency Medical services for the people of the Israel.

Although the organization's resources are stretched to the limit, the MDA Director General, Eli Bin, instructed that the regular humanitarian activities, including transferring sick and injured people from the Gaza border to hospitals in Israel, will not cease.

"Despite the high preparedness and vigilance levels, MDA are required to keep in mind that our humanitarian mission is still here", said Bin. "Saving lives has no borders, and MDA will spare no efforts to alleviate the suffering of every human being".

Yesterday afternoon an urgent appeal has been made to MDA, requesting the transfer of a two weeks old baby from the Gaza border to a hospital near Tel Aviv, due to a congenital heart disease.

MDA Lachish region team was sent to the Erez crossing, where they met a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance team, moved the baby into Israel and took him to the hospital near Tel Aviv. Due to the danger of rocket fire, the team was forced to wear their personal protective equipment while handling and transferring the patient to the hospital.

Ironically, despite the state of the art medical care the baby receives in the hospital in Israel, he and his family are now under threat of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rapport du Secrétaire général sur la Mission de l'Organisation de Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (S/2014/450)

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 44 min ago
Source: UN Security Council Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo preview

I. Introduction

Le présent rapport, soumis en application du paragraphe 39 de la résolution 2147 (2014) du Conseil de sécurité, porte sur les principaux faits nouveaux survenus depuis la publication de mon rapport du 5 mars 2014 (S/2014/157), notamment en ce qui concerne la tenue des engagements souscrits par la République démocratique du Congo dans l'Accord-cadre pour la paix, la sécurité et la coopération pour la République démocratique du Congo et les progrès accomplis par la Mission de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO) dans l'exécution de son mandat. It fait également le point de la reconfiguration de la MONUSCO et du transfert des tâches de cette dernière à l'équipe de pays des Nations Unies.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The African Union appoints a new Special Envoy for the issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army

Uganda - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 46 min ago
Source: African Union Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda

Addis Ababa, 10 July 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, today appointed Lieutenant General (Rtd.) Jackson Kiprono Tuwei, a Kenyan national, as the new AU Special Envoy for the Issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei replaces Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, who remains the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the Algiers-based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

As the new Special Envoy for the LRA Issue, Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei will oversee the continued implementation of the mandate of the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA). In this respect, he will ensure the overall coordination of the RCI-LRA, in consultation with the member countries of the Initiative. He will also spearhead the efforts to mobilize international support towards the elimination of the LRA and the rehabilitation of the LRA-affected persons and areas. Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei will work closely with the newly-appointed Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdoulaye Bathily, relevant UN agencies and other partners, notably the European Union and the United States, who are providing financial and logistical support to the implementation of the RCI-LRA, as well as with non-governmental organizations.

Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei served for 38 years in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), in various capacities. He notably held the positions of Commandant of the National Defense College, from August 2005 to October 2008, Commandant of the Armed Forces Training College, from August 2002 to August 2005, and Commander of the Army Logistics Command, from December 1999 to August 2002. He attended a number of military courses, including Command and Staff at the Defence Staff College of Kenya, from June 1984 to May 1985, and War College at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in the United Kingdom (UK), from January to December 1995.

The Chairperson of the Commission expresses her appreciation to Ambassador Francisco Madeira, who, for about two years and half, assumed, on an interim basis, the responsibility of Special Envoy for the LRA Issue, concurrently with his position as Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and ACSRT Director. During his tenure as Special Envoy, the RCI-LRA, which was launched in March 2012, registered commendable progress against the LRA, including the full operationalization of all the contingents as well as Sectors of the Regional Task Force (RTF), greater coordination among the member countries of the RCI-LRA and mobilization of international support. These efforts have resulted in the significant degradation of the command and fighting capacity of the LRA and relative improvement in the humanitarian situation on the ground.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The African Union appoints a new Special Envoy for the issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 46 min ago
Source: African Union Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda

Addis Ababa, 10 July 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, today appointed Lieutenant General (Rtd.) Jackson Kiprono Tuwei, a Kenyan national, as the new AU Special Envoy for the Issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei replaces Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, who remains the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the Algiers-based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

As the new Special Envoy for the LRA Issue, Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei will oversee the continued implementation of the mandate of the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA). In this respect, he will ensure the overall coordination of the RCI-LRA, in consultation with the member countries of the Initiative. He will also spearhead the efforts to mobilize international support towards the elimination of the LRA and the rehabilitation of the LRA-affected persons and areas. Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei will work closely with the newly-appointed Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdoulaye Bathily, relevant UN agencies and other partners, notably the European Union and the United States, who are providing financial and logistical support to the implementation of the RCI-LRA, as well as with non-governmental organizations.

Lt. Gen. Kiprono Tuwei served for 38 years in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), in various capacities. He notably held the positions of Commandant of the National Defense College, from August 2005 to October 2008, Commandant of the Armed Forces Training College, from August 2002 to August 2005, and Commander of the Army Logistics Command, from December 1999 to August 2002. He attended a number of military courses, including Command and Staff at the Defence Staff College of Kenya, from June 1984 to May 1985, and War College at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in the United Kingdom (UK), from January to December 1995.

The Chairperson of the Commission expresses her appreciation to Ambassador Francisco Madeira, who, for about two years and half, assumed, on an interim basis, the responsibility of Special Envoy for the LRA Issue, concurrently with his position as Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and ACSRT Director. During his tenure as Special Envoy, the RCI-LRA, which was launched in March 2012, registered commendable progress against the LRA, including the full operationalization of all the contingents as well as Sectors of the Regional Task Force (RTF), greater coordination among the member countries of the RCI-LRA and mobilization of international support. These efforts have resulted in the significant degradation of the command and fighting capacity of the LRA and relative improvement in the humanitarian situation on the ground.

Central African Republic: Central African Republic - Executive brief 9 July 2014

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Central African Republic preview

Highlights

  • The events in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the last 18 months have left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and displaced one out of five people; around 535 000 are still internally displaced (out of a total population of 4.6 million), however returnees are resuming agricultural activities thus contributing to food production.

  • Localised security incidents continue to be reported, including several attacks on trucks transporting humanitarian aid which resulted in the delay of seed distribution. However, the majority of farmers across the country are engaged in planting activities. To meet their needs, FAO is committed to provide appropriate assistance within its funding capacity.

  • FAO has distributed crop seeds and tools to 78 134 farming families (98 percent of the initial target of 80 000 families) for the current planting season. FAO has established strategic partnerships with 20 national and international NGOs, to implement the countryside distribution plan. Each family is receiving 25 kg of crop seeds and two hoes to plant in time and produce at least 500 kg of groundnuts, maize and rice that will contribute to feed them for about four months. Although the main planting season finished at the end of June, FAO will support an additional 40 000 families with the distribution of seeds (sorghum, beans, sesame and millet) and tools for the short cycle agricultural season, which is expected to last until the end of July or mid-August, depending on the geographical areas.

  • The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) carried out in late April 2014 indicates that 45 percent of the rural population (1.7 million people) is food insecure and has been classified in Crisis (26 percent) and Emergency (19 percent) Phases.

  • FAO has also secured additional support from donors to strengthen the resilience of another 50 000 households, who are mostly members of women’s associations, to help them build up their financial capacities, agriculture techniques and social protection to improve food and nutrition security, though a global approach called “caisses de résilience”.

Guinea: Remarkable Ebola recovery rate in north Guinea town puzzles experts

Guinea - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 55 min ago
Source: AlertNet Country: Guinea

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three quarters of those suffering from the deadly Ebola virus in a small town in northern Guinea have recovered, an unusually high proportion that is puzzling scientists and aid workers.

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says that 16 of the 21 people suffering from Ebola who entered its treatment centre in Telimele made a full recovery, compared with only 20-40 percent of victims in Gueckedou, the epicentre of the virus in southern Guinea

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Philippines: Agencies seek help for 40,000 displaced in S Philippines, monsoon rains threaten shelters

Philippines - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 58 min ago
Source: AlertNet Country: Philippines

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 40,000 people remain displaced in the southern Philippines, 10 months after fighting between the army and Muslim guerrillas caused 100,000 to flee and destroyed more than 10,000 homes, aid agencies said on Thursday.

Super typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines in November, overshadowed the plight of Zamboanga’s displaced people, and aid agencies are now urging donors to help the tens of thousands still stuck in crowded evacuation centres, in temporary shelters remote from their jobs or staying with friends and relatives.

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Pakistan: Displaced Persons (DPs) Crisis - Post Operation Zarb-e-Azb Situation Report – 10 July 2014

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 6 hours 59 min ago
Source: Government of Pakistan Country: Pakistan preview

  1. With the launch of Military Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in the troubled North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) by Pakistan on 15th June 2014 temporary migration / relocation of Displaced Persons (DPs) from the area of operations to safer locations has started.

  2. In view of above, the government has assigned lead role to Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) for rehabilitation of the DPs. NDMA is providing necessary support to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP (PDMA KP), Pakistan Army and other Stakeholders for effective management of the humanitarian crisis.

  3. NDMA team is currently deployed in District Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhua (KP) to monitor the present status of DPs situation and assist and coordinate with SAFRON / FDMA / PDMA KP and in handling and management of the affectees.

Haiti: Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Cholera - Emergency appeal n° MDR49008 - Operation update n° 1 10 July 2014

Haiti - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 48 sec ago
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Dominican Republic, Haiti preview

Period covered by this Ops Update: 5 December 2013 to 30 April 2014. This update represents a five-month summary.

Appeal target (current): 11,244,952 Swiss francs

Appeal coverage 9% by 30 April 2014

Appeal history

  • This preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 5 December 2013 for 11,244,952 Swiss francs for 24 months to assist 600,000 beneficiaries.
  • This operation update provides progress on the implementation of the Cholera Appeal as well as the changes anticipated.

Summary: The IFRC, the Haitian Red Cross and the Dominican Red Cross in coordination with the Coalition to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola have identified their role and responsibilities in eliminating cholera in the 2 countries during the first phase (24 months) of the respective countries’ national ten-year plans issued either jointly or separately by their Ministries of Health and Water and Sanitation Agencies that aim to eliminate cholera on the dual-nation island.

The appeal was launched in December 2013 and the operation began in January 2014 with a great deal of work being done with respect to resource mobilization and coordination between partners in Haiti. The IFRC Cholera Coordinator, a Regional Intervention Team (RIT) Delegate seconded by the Canadian Red Cross, commenced her 3-month mission in February 2014 while the HRC Cholera Coordinator was appointed in March 2014. Recruitment is currently underway for a permanent IFRC Cholera Coordinator to support the project until December 2015.

Sudan: Villages swept-away, fires destroy palm trees in Sudan

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 2 min ago
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

KHARTOUM - Torrential rains and the ensuing floods swept away 424 villages in Sinja locality in the eastern Sudan state of Sennar on Monday. In the Northern State, a massive fire that broke out on Tuesday destroyed hundreds of palm trees.

After torrential rains devastated the locality on Monday, the Sennar State government announced a State of Emergency, and mobilised organisations to take the necessary measures. Authorities said that people in the locality sustained massive losses. Many houses collapsed, as well as a bridge.

Arson

On Tuesday, a fire broke out on Masal island in the Northern State, the second incident of its kind on that day. A few hours before, a huge fire had destroyed 8,000 palm trees in the area of Nanarti.

People from Nanarti told Radio Dabanga that they suspect arson. They called upon the Sudanese government to intervene, investigate the matter, and enhance the security in the region by increasing the number of the civil defence forces along the agricultural fields at the banks of the Nile.

Yemen: Yemen (Amran Governorate): Civil Unrest Information bulletin

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 4 min ago
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Yemen preview

The situation

After a breakdown of a ceasefire that was reached in June 23, 2014, the armed conflict renewed last week in Amran Governate. The situation escalated on July 8, between the Islah and the Huthis Armed Groups, as the latter took complete control of Amran. This has lead to the displacement of 70,000 men, women and children.

Amran has a strategic situation as it is located about 50 kilometres north of Sana’a and has a population of 200,000. The humanitarian situation is very dire as many people were forced to leave their homes while others were trapped inside being unable to flee the fighting to more secure areas. There are reports of more than 200 causalities (including civilian women and children), as well as direct targeting of humanitarian assets and infrastructures like schools and hospitals. Access to the area is very difficult; the UN agencies could not intervene so far due the lack of clarity in the situation.

There is very limited information about the situation and needs, but based on various resources including the YRCS branch the following has been collected:

There are 70,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) (i.e.10,000 families) inside and outside Amran governorate; numbers are growing by the day.

The IDPs are dwelling in old and deserted houses, schools, and caves seeking shelter away from air strikes.

The IDPs are mainly from seven districts in Amran governorate where the fighting took place (including Raida, Atraf Aljabal, Al Ashmoor, Alsawda, AlSood, Kharif, and Khamir.) and moved to neighbouring governorates of Hajjah, Mahweet, and Sana’a.

There are also 50 marginalized families (350 people) who fled the fighting in Amran and came to Sana’s and established tents in the Tahrir Square.

The branches were asked by the YRCs Head Quarters (HQ) to conduct a Rapid Needs Assessment and provide details on the current humanitarian situation.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

· YRCS : Mohammed Fakeeh, Program Coordinator, email: mfakeeh3000@gmail.com ; phone: +972 2 240 65 15; fax +972 2 240 21 08;

· IFRC Country Representation: Mazin Salloom, Yemen Country Representative, Phone + +967 17 37 700 130, email: mazin.salloom@ifrc.org

· In IFRC Zone: Raefah Makki, Senior Resource communication Officer, Phone: +96170480488, email:raefah.makki@ifrc.org

Sudan: ‘Citizens bear brunt of power struggle in North Darfur’: camp coordinator

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

SARAF UMRA LOCALITY - The humanitarian situation in Saraf Umra locality in North Darfur is “worse than ever before”. Prises are skyrocketing as a result of the conflicts between the state’s government and militia leader Musa Hilal.

“Prices of basic consumer goods have gone insane. Because of the rampant insecurity, caused by Musa Hilal's militias, the regular supply of basic goods is faltering. Most of the lorries do not reach the locality anymore,” the coordinator of the Saraf Umra camps for the displaced in North Darfur told Radio Dabanga.

He demanded from the warring parties to take the situation of the citizens into consideration. “The people should not become victims of the power struggle between the North Darfur State government and Musa Hilal.”

The security situation in the locality has deteriorated more than ever before, he said. “The people are constantly exposed to assaults, robberies, and rapes.” He appealed to the North Darfur State government to intervene, and put a halt to the abuses and violence in the locality.”

The coordinator described the living conditions in the Saraf Umra camps as “extremely bad”. “The humanitarian situation has deteriorated to an unprecedented level, as no camp resident can afford to buy enough food anymore. A bottle of cooking oil now costs SDG20 ($3.50), a pound of sugar SDG4 ($0.70). The price of a kilo of rice has risen to SDG15 ($2.60). We pay SDG17 to SDG21 ($3.70) for a kilo of lentils, and SDG45 ($7.85) for a pound of dried okra.”

“At the breaking of the fast, the people in the camps drink only water and eat thin porridge.”

The coordinator accused the aid organisations of dodging their responsibilities. “They have stopped their regular distribution of food rations. Those organisations are doing whatever the Sudanese government tells them. They are like two peas in a pot.”

“The health situation is not better. The camps in Saraf Umra locality have no health centres. Diseases are spreading. Many people have diarrhoea, and many are vomiting, apart from those who are hit by malaria. The displaced used to go to Saraf Umra town or to Zalingei, the capital of Central Darfur, for medical treatment, but no one can afford the travel and the doctor’s fees anymore, let alone medicines.”

He appealed to the authorities and militia leader Musa Hilal to “solve their problems together”, and restore security and stability in North Darfur.

Janjaweed leader

Tensions are running high in the North Darfur State where the governor, Osman Kibir, is contested by Musa Hilal, a Janjaweed leader from the Arab Mahameed clan in North Darfur.

From 2008 until 2013, Musa Hilal occupied the post of Presidential Assistant for Federal Affairs. Mid 2013 he left this post, and returned to North Darfur. In January 2014, he announced his defection from the ruling National Congress Party, and launched a new movement known as El Sahwa Revolutionary Council.

After a large offensive in the first half of March on several North Darfur localities, Hilal on 19 March announced the establishment of his “own administration” in Saraf Umra town, Kutum town, Kabkabiya town, and the area of El Waha.

In the late 1990s, Hilal was imprisoned on criminal charges, including the murder of 17 "African Darfuris", and the robbery of the Central Bank of Nyala. In 2003, he was released from prison by the Sudanese government with the purpose to mobilise Arab herders to fight the Darfuri insurgency. With full backing of the government, Hilal's Janjaweed targeted unarmed villagers and torched villages of “African Darfuris”. They rarely came near forces of the armed rebel movements.

The militia leader is subject to travel and financial sanctions, imposed by the UN Security Council in 2006.

Sudan: Rizeigat attack Ma’aliya in Abu Karinka, East Darfur

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 8 min ago
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

ABU KARINKA LOCALITY - Three people were killed, and five others injured in Abu Karinka locality, East Darfur, on Tuesday.

In an attack by a group of Rizeigat warriors on Ma’aliya living in the area of El Sahab in Abu Karinka locality on Tuesday, three Ma’aliya were shot dead, and two others were wounded. Three Rizeigat sustained injuries too, Ali El Taher Sharef, the Commissioner of Ed Daein locality told Radio Dabanga.

Sharef, who is also heading the East Darfur State Committee for Containing Tribal Conflicts, reported that army forces have entered the areas of Adila, Abu Karinka, and El Fado, in order to contain the situation and prevent any future clashes.

In clashes between the Rizeigat and Ma’aliya last Saturday, 44 tribesmen from both sides were killed and injured.

A reconciliation conference between the two tribes is scheduled to resume on 10 August.

South Sudan: The United States Contributes Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

Uganda - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Source: US Department of State Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, United States of America, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2014

Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. With this latest funding, the United States is providing more than $456 million in humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2014 to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations impacted by the crisis in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the current crisis, more than 400,000 refugees have fled from South Sudan, seeking refuge in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. Hundreds continue to flee the country daily, and more than one million South Sudanese remain internally displaced.

This latest U.S. contribution will allow both international and non-governmental organizations to provide refugees and IDPs with basic life support such as access to clean water; food, health care, and essential household items; employment training; gender-based violence prevention; and programs for child protection, including efforts to restore family links severed as a result of displacement.

The United States strongly supports the efforts of humanitarian organizations to meet needs in South Sudan. This aid can only be effective if the Government of South Sudan, opposition forces, and all other parties to the conflict stop fighting and remove obstacles to the delivery of life-saving assistance. It is crucial that President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar implement their May 9 agreement to end the violence and allow immediate, full and unconditional access for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.

For further information on the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s programming, please contact PRMpress@state.gov or follow us on Twitter, @StatePRM.

South Sudan: The United States Contributes Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Source: US Department of State Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, United States of America, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2014

Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. With this latest funding, the United States is providing more than $456 million in humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2014 to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations impacted by the crisis in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the current crisis, more than 400,000 refugees have fled from South Sudan, seeking refuge in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. Hundreds continue to flee the country daily, and more than one million South Sudanese remain internally displaced.

This latest U.S. contribution will allow both international and non-governmental organizations to provide refugees and IDPs with basic life support such as access to clean water; food, health care, and essential household items; employment training; gender-based violence prevention; and programs for child protection, including efforts to restore family links severed as a result of displacement.

The United States strongly supports the efforts of humanitarian organizations to meet needs in South Sudan. This aid can only be effective if the Government of South Sudan, opposition forces, and all other parties to the conflict stop fighting and remove obstacles to the delivery of life-saving assistance. It is crucial that President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar implement their May 9 agreement to end the violence and allow immediate, full and unconditional access for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.

For further information on the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s programming, please contact PRMpress@state.gov or follow us on Twitter, @StatePRM.

South Sudan: The United States Contributes Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

Kenya - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Source: US Department of State Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, United States of America, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2014

Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. With this latest funding, the United States is providing more than $456 million in humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2014 to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations impacted by the crisis in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the current crisis, more than 400,000 refugees have fled from South Sudan, seeking refuge in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. Hundreds continue to flee the country daily, and more than one million South Sudanese remain internally displaced.

This latest U.S. contribution will allow both international and non-governmental organizations to provide refugees and IDPs with basic life support such as access to clean water; food, health care, and essential household items; employment training; gender-based violence prevention; and programs for child protection, including efforts to restore family links severed as a result of displacement.

The United States strongly supports the efforts of humanitarian organizations to meet needs in South Sudan. This aid can only be effective if the Government of South Sudan, opposition forces, and all other parties to the conflict stop fighting and remove obstacles to the delivery of life-saving assistance. It is crucial that President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar implement their May 9 agreement to end the violence and allow immediate, full and unconditional access for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.

For further information on the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s programming, please contact PRMpress@state.gov or follow us on Twitter, @StatePRM.

South Sudan: The United States Contributes Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

Ethiopia - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Source: US Department of State Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, United States of America, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2014

Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. With this latest funding, the United States is providing more than $456 million in humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2014 to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations impacted by the crisis in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the current crisis, more than 400,000 refugees have fled from South Sudan, seeking refuge in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. Hundreds continue to flee the country daily, and more than one million South Sudanese remain internally displaced.

This latest U.S. contribution will allow both international and non-governmental organizations to provide refugees and IDPs with basic life support such as access to clean water; food, health care, and essential household items; employment training; gender-based violence prevention; and programs for child protection, including efforts to restore family links severed as a result of displacement.

The United States strongly supports the efforts of humanitarian organizations to meet needs in South Sudan. This aid can only be effective if the Government of South Sudan, opposition forces, and all other parties to the conflict stop fighting and remove obstacles to the delivery of life-saving assistance. It is crucial that President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar implement their May 9 agreement to end the violence and allow immediate, full and unconditional access for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.

For further information on the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s programming, please contact PRMpress@state.gov or follow us on Twitter, @StatePRM.

Iraq: Iraq: Displacement - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 Jun 2014)

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 35 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq preview

A surge in violence between armed groups and Government forces has displaced over 1.2 million people in central and northern Iraq since January 2014. Violence has been most intense in Anbar Governorate, where approximately 550,000 people have been displaced by fighting centred on Fallujah and Ramadi. In June, armed groups took control of Iraq’s second city of Mosul, leading to the displacement of over 650,000 people, many of whom fled with few or no resources.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2014/450)

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 43 min ago
Source: UN Security Council Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo preview

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 39 of Security Council resolution 2147 (2014). It covers major developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since my report of 5 March 2014 (S/2014/157), including with regard to the implementation of national commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and progress made by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in implementing its mandate. It also provides an update on the reconfiguration of MONUSCO and the transfer of tasks to the United Nations country team.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2014/450)

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 7 hours 43 min ago
Source: UN Security Council Country: Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo preview

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 39 of Security Council resolution 2147 (2014). It covers major developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since my report of 5 March 2014 (S/2014/157), including with regard to the implementation of national commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and progress made by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in implementing its mandate. It also provides an update on the reconfiguration of MONUSCO and the transfer of tasks to the United Nations country team.
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