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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Central African Republic, Yemen, Myanmar

01 Jun 2022

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OCHA staff at a garden where the internally displaced can grow vegetables in Zémio, Haut-Mbomou Prefecture in the Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA / Anita Cadonau

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   1 June 2022

Central African Republic
  
Between January and May this year, 69 security incidents involving aid workers have been reported in the Central African Republic (CAR). These have led to the death of one aid worker and left 16 injured.

The  CAR Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Denise Brown, has strongly condemned these attacks which in some cases have resulted in the suspension of humanitarian activities.

Four attacks against humanitarian workers occurred in just one week, forcing two humanitarian organizations to suspend their activities, hindering the delivery of aid to more than 46,000 vulnerable people, most of them internally displaced, in the north-west of the country.

 “Civilians are the most affected by this disturbing increase in violence,” said Ms. Brown and added, “And every time a humanitarian organization is attacked, access to water, food, health care and education is threatened in a context where more than half the population needs humanitarian assistance. “

She called on all parties to respect their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and allow humanitarian organizations free passage.

Yemen

Despite the good news today on the Cairo flights - and the improved humanitarian situation the truce has delivered over the last two months - we must be clear that humanitarian needs in Yemen remain alarmingly high.

Some 19 million people will go hungry this year, including more than 160,000 who will face famine-like conditions. More than 4 million people have been displaced since the war started. Severe needs persist across all sectors.

Aid agencies need $4.28 billion to assist 17.3 million people across the country this year. So far, only 26 per cent has been funded. This means that core programmes like food assistance, healthcare and other activities are scaling back when they should be expanding.

We urge donors to increase their contributions to the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen and to help address the drivers of humanitarian needs in the country – including the economic crisis.

Myanmar

The number of internally displaced men, women and children in Myanmar has now exceeded one million, according to our humanitarian colleagues. This includes almost 700,000 people displaced by the conflict and insecurity since the military takeover in February last year. And almost 40,000 people from Myanmar are currently displaced in neighbouring India and Thailand.

Since April, the ongoing monsoon season has hit Rakhine, Kachin, southern Shan, and Kayin with strong storms and heavy rain, causing damage to shelters for internally displaced people already in a difficult situation in displacement sites. They are how being affected again which increases their vulnerability.

Aid agencies are working with local partners to provide displaced people and host communities with food, clean water, shelter, non-food items, medicines, hygiene kits, COVID-19 preventive items, protection services, and other essentials.

During the first quarter of 2022, humanitarian partners have reached 2.6 million people despite access challenges and limited funding.

To reach all of the 6.2 million people in Myanmar who need humanitarian assistance, we need improved access, the removal of bottlenecks such as visa delays and banking restrictions, and increased funding,

To date, only 10 per cent of the $826 million requested in the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan has been received. Inflation in prices for food, fuel, shelter materials and non-food items has further limited operations. Donors are urged to give generously to save and protect the lives of those affected.