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Gao, Mali - During his mission in Mali from 18 to 22 January 2016, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, witnessed progress made and persisting challenges regarding security and access to basic services for communities affected by the crisis.
He sat down with local education authorities and local NGOs partners at a UNICEF-supported remedial school in Gao city. ”Three main obstacles hamper the access of children to education in the Gao region : poverty, the lack of school canteens, and the prevailing insecurity,” education partners told Toby Lanzer.
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Gao, Mali - The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, visited a UNICEF-supported remedial classroom where out-of-school children are being helped to reintegrate the national curriculum. "I love my school," said little Fanta to Toby Lanzer.
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Gao, Mali - The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, told Gao journalists that “important progress has been made, schools have reopened and access to safe water and essential health care has improved. However, the continued redeployment of State authorities is essential if we are to consolidate existing gains and strengthen the much needed recovery and resilience work with the support of humanitarian and development partners.” Photo: OCHA/A. Desgroseilliers
Gao, Mali - The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer met with women associations to hear their priorities and concerns. "Without justice, the hate in my heart will not go away and sustainable peace will not take hold," said a woman who had suffered from abuse.
Gao, Mali - The humanitarian response plan for Mali - partnering UN agencies and NGOs - calls for US$ 354 million this year and includes a crucial component aimed at building the resilience capacity of communities. Toby Lanzer, met Gao community leaders who told him that "building roads and irrigation systems were most needed to build stability and a brighter future."
Gao, Mali - The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, visited a malnutrition centre in Gao run by Action Contre la Faim.
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Kidal, Mali - Women and youth groups in Kidal told the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, that access to water, education and employment are key needs in the region. "Schools should be kept out of politics. More support is needed to ensure that our kids can learn safely,” a Kidal woman told Toby Lanzer.
Kidal, Mali - The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, spoke with boys enrolled in a recently reopened school. He told them that “they must make sure that girls get to attend and finish too”.
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The El Niño rains that started falling in October 2015 in Burundi damaged the Nyaruhongoka road, in Rumonge province. In this picture, a woman weeds the road after the County Governor contracted villagers to clean up and improve visibility. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Men and women in Nyaruhongoka and Nyamusenyi areas, in Rumonge Province, Burundi, have been contracted by the Country Government to clear boulders and stones from a blocked road. At the end of the day, they are provided with food for their efforts. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
The reconstruction of the destroyed part of the Nyaruhongoka road in Rumonge Province is underway. Big boulders, stones and mud slid into the road following heavy El Niño-related rains in November and December 2015 in the area. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
More than 500 hundred houses were destroyed in Rumonge Province by the rains. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
A woman and her daughter in Nyaruhongoka, Rumonge Province, in Burundi, ponder their next move following the destruction of their farm land from heavy El Niño-related rains in October 2015. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Twenty-four year old Innocent Nsambimana explains how flood waters came dashing and destroyed several homes in Nyaruhongoka, Rumonge Province, in Burundi, in October 2015. He feels lucky to have survived the ordeal. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
697 people were displaced following heavy rains in Nkuba and Gitaza hills, in Rumonge Province, Burundi. The Burundi Red Cross Society with support from IOM, UNFPA and WFP among other partners, erected tents for the displaced and distributed food and other basic items. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Thirty-two year old Laurent Hatungimana sits outside his tent where he is now living with his wife and five children. He was one of the 697 people affected by landslides in Rumonge Province in October. He says life is difficult in the settlement but hopes that he will soon go back home. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Displaced children play at the Gataza IDP settlement following the heavy October rains. Most of the schools were destroyed as well as homes. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Women hold a meeting at the Gitaza IDP settlement where they now live following the rains that destroyed their homes in Nyaruhongoka and Nyamusenyi areas, in Rumonge Province, Burundi. The women received basic hygiene and sanitation items from UNFPA. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
Young men read an advertisement of the Burundi Humanitarian Hotline in Nkuba hills, in Rumonge Province which is prone to landslides. Following the November heavy rains, four people made calls to the hotline and many people were assisted to evacuate to safer grounds in Gitaza area. Photo: OCHA/R. Maingi.
On 5-7 October 2015, the National Coordination for the Ebola response, the Ministry of Health, key national and international actors and survivors’ associations, took part in a National workshop aiming at developing a strategy to assist Ebola survivors in Guinea.
“As survivors, we face much stigma and discrimination, even among my own colleagues. But things are changing and this workshop will help us get the support we need and deserve. “
Dr Mamadou Oury Diallo, doctor and Ebola survivor.
“My job as a nurse is to take care of sick people. That’s when I contracted the disease. We need projects to support the livelihoods of Ebola survivors. Many lost everything because of the disease.”
Kebe, 28, President of the Ebola survivors’ association of Macenta.
“Losing 11 family members and being stigmatised as a survivor really depressed me. So I joined the sensitisation teams to tell people that Ebola is real and that you can recover from it... Our suffering is not over yet, but I believe our voices have been heard.”
Bono, 27, President of the Ebola survivors’ association of Nzérékoré.
“Surviving Ebola has changed my life. I now sensitise people and share my experience as a survivor. I try to show people that there is a life after the disease.”
Saa Sabas, 48, President of Ebola survivors of Guéckédou, Nzérékoré.
“I’m not a survivor myself, but joined the association as a social mobiliser. The only way to get to zero case is to educate the populations about Ebola transmission and prevention.”
Ousmane, Association of Ebola survivors and supporters in Forécariah.
“I miss my mother and sister. I wanted to finish high school and go to university. But now, I don’t know what to do, how to go back to school without the support of my family?”
Naby, 20, President of the Ebola survivors association of Boké.
Surviving Ebola, living together... The national strategy will coordinate assistance to survivors through the provision of medical care, psychosocial support, economic assistance, rehabilitation and social reintegration of survivors into their communities.
The crisis in the Central African Republic deepened in late September 2015, when violence broke out in the capital, Bangui, leaving 77 dead and an additional 52,000 displaced. Humanitarian Chief, Stephen O'Brien visited the country take stock of the humanitarian situation. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
The USG visited Dekoa where 10,000 people were freshly displaced in the September violence. Conflict in CAR over the past two years has forced 400,000 people to become internally displaced, and a further 454,086 to flee to neighbouring countries. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
The USG, the CAR Humanitarian Coordinator, Aurelien Agbenonci, and Dekoa Sub-Prefect, Yves Mbetigana, hear about the situation in Dekoa. Because there are no humanitarian agencies in Dekoa, it is largely left to Catholic nuns to look after 990 displaced families at their Mission site. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
The humanitarian community is committed to staying in CAR, says Aurelien Agbenonci: "We must do all we can to continue ensuring the protection of innocent civilians." Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
Displaced women in Dekoa greeted the delegation. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
Displaced people staying at the Catholic Mission in Dekoa say they are tired of living in fear and long for peace to return. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
US$12 million of CERF funding has gone to meet immediate needs in CAR but more is urgently needed to meet the scale of the challenge. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
Some 2,200 IDPs are sheltering at PK5 Central Mosque in Bangui. Their main message is that fighters disarm so they can return to their homes. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
At Saint Saveur in Bangui, the number of IDPs shot from 60 in September to 15,500 in October. Its site manager, Reverend Marc Belikassa, said people are mostly in need of shelter, food, water, health care and protection. Credit: OCHA/Otto Bakano
Children attend a class at a makeshift school in Saint Sauveur site in Bangui. Credit: OCHA/Otto Bakano
This 15-year-old student seeking refuge in Saint Sauveur site said his school - like most in Bangui - is closed because of the violence. "The transition must be supported and peace dividends provided for people who have suffered for too long," said O'Brien. Credit: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis
Girls pose for a picture at Saint Sauveur site. Credit: UNOCHA/Otto Bakano
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Fiji's farmers grapple with the drought
Jamardhan Pillay has a sugar cane farm outside Lautoka, Fiji, where he lives with his extended family. Like many other farmers, he is worried about the effect El Niño could have on his crops, having seen the devastating impact of the 1997-98 drought, which halved sugar cane harvests across the country. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
El Niño is a warming of surface ocean waters in the eastern tropical Pacific. It can have profound effects on weather patterns around the world. The most severe El Niño occurred in 1997-98. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Some 4.1 million people are at risk of drought across the South Pacific. OCHA estimates that 1.8 million out of a total population of 7 million people in Papua New Guinea could be severely hit. Credit: IOM/Wonesai Sithole
It is the sugar cane harvesting season in Fiji's western division and like many farmers, Rajeshwar Nath has been working long hours to harvest his crops as the drought sets in. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
The hills across Fiji's west are starting to dry out after months of below-average rainfall. The 1998 drought slashed the sugar cane harvest by half, causing a US$48 million loss in revenue in the sugarcane industry alone. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Sugar cane on its way to the mill in Rakiraki in Fiji. Farmers here are already reporting that their harvest is down by one quarter because of the lack of rain. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Sugar cane is just one of the crops that is likely to be affected by the developing El Niño in Fiji. Farmers need to plan for the year ahead by planting drought-resistant crops, say specialists. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Aklesh Chandra collects water from his water bore, which will help his farm in Lautoka, Fiji, endure the drought. El Niño rainfall follows a wave of warmer water eastwards, decreasing the amount of rainfall in the western Pacific. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
This lake completely evaporated during the 1997-98 drought, leaving nothing but mud behind. Farmers fear that the same may happen again as El Niño builds up. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Across western Fiji, farmers have tried to prepare the fields to plant subsistence food crops. However, most have not yet been able to plant any seeds because of the lack of rain. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Trucks carrying sugar cane to be crushed in RakiRaki in Fiji's north-west. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Freshly cut sugar cane waiting to be crushed near Rakiraki in Fiji. Credit: OCHA/Danielle Parry
Farmers and Government officials in Papua New Guinea evaluate the extent of crop damage caused by El Niño-induced drought and frost. Credit: IOM/Wonesai Sithole
An assessment team at work in Papua New Guinea. Credit: IOM/ Wonesai Sithole
The 1997-98 drought hit rural areas hard in Papua New Guinea, killing hundreds and leaving millions in need of food and water. The Government and humanitarian agencies are working with communities to prepare as El Niño builds up. Credit: IOM/Wonesai Sithole
Children play near a water hole in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Water holes like this will soon dry up if drought conditions continue. Credit: IOM/Wonesai Sithole
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The Yemeni city of Sa'ada has been heavily hit by airstrikes since conflict escalated in March in Yemen. For the first time in four months, on 5 and 6 August, an inter-agency mission took place. Humanitarian leaders were able to take stock of the destruction. here, they stand amid the rubble of a market in the old city of Sa'ada, which was hit by an airstrike in April 2015. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
A school in Sa'ada destroyed by an airstrike. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw (foreground, right) and members of the inter-agency mission in a street of Sa'ada where shops were destroyed by airstrikes. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
Johannes Van Der Klaauw, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in Al Gomhori hospital in Sa'ada, at the bed of a patient with brain trauma, sustained by an explosion by an airstrike in his home, according to medical staff. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
A bridge destroyed by an airstrike between the capital Sana'a and the city of Sa'ada. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
Bombed higher educational facility in Sa'ada (vocational training college). Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
The city of Sa'ada in the Sa'ada Governorate has been heavily hit by airstrikes in the first four months of the escalation of conflict in Yemen. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw (center left), met with humanitarian partners in Sa'ada to evaluate the possibilities of scaling up the UN's presence and programmes in the area, heavily targeted by airstrikes these past four months. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
Displacement site in Khamer in Amran Governorate. About 200 families of the muhamasheen minority displaced from Sa’ada live in the site. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
A boy presents essential household items in a displacement site in Khamer in Amran Governorate. About 200 families of the muhamasheen minority, displaced from Sa’ada, live in this site. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf
Water is being trucked into a displacement camp where about 200 muhamasheen families, displaced from Sa’ada, live. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf