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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

As attacks surge in northern Mozambique, families flee multiple times

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:57:43 +0000

Country: Mozambique
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Violence by armed groups has uprooted more than 250,000 people since 2017 in Cabo Delgado. So far, most of the displaced are hosted by relatives or friends in more stable areas.

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Greece: Efforts continuing to shelter asylum-seekers made homeless by Moria fires

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:50:48 +0000

Countries: Greece, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Almost 5,000 people are being housed in the emergency facility in Kara Tepe with capacity for 8,000 people, while works are ongoing. The site was set up by Greek authorities with the support of UNHCR.

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World: Critical underfunding exacerbated by COVID-19 pushing displaced people to the edge

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:28:06 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR has received just 49% of the $9.1 billion required for its global operations this year. The consequences are devastating in low- and middle-income countries, which host more than 85% of refugees.

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Informing the most vulnerable populations about COVID-19 on horseback in Haiti

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:51:54 +0000

Country: Haiti
Source: UN Children's Fund

In six months of COVID-19 response, UNICEF has trained more than 2,800 community health workers, installed more than 9,000 hand-washing points, and reached 7.5 million people via radio and television.

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World: WFP chief warns of grave dangers of economic impact of pandemic as millions are pushed further into hunger

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:38:03 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, World, Yemen
Source: World Food Programme

"There is a grave danger that many more people will die from the broader economic and social consequences of COVID-19 than from the virus itself, especially in Africa," warns David Beasley.

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Burundi has a new government, but shows no progress on human rights front

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:08:13 +0000

Country: Burundi
Source: UN Human Rights Council

“The democratic space remains very narrow, impunity persists, and there is no indication that the level of human rights violations has abated under the new Government,” said the UN's Doudou Diène.

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World: WHO urges governments to ensure health-worker safety in fight against COVID-19

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:30:00 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Actions to better protect health workers include steps to protect them from violence; improve their mental health; protect them from biological hazards, and advance national safety programmes.

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World: Up to 150 million additional children plunged into poverty due to COVID-19

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 23:57:54 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: UN Children's Fund, Save the Children

The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNICEF and Save the Children analysis.

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World: WFP and UK special envoy make joint call for countries to "step up" their support to tackle famine

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:43:18 +0000

Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, World, Yemen
Sources: Government of the United Kingdom, World Food Programme

"We join in the UN’s call ... to step up support for countries hit by conflict, particularly Yemen, DRC, Nigeria and South Sudan where ... millions ... are being threatened by violence" and COVID-19.

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Syria: Armed actors continue to subject civilians to horrific and increasingly targeted abuse - UN

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:14:17 +0000

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: UN Human Rights Council

Nearly a decade into the conflict, enforced disappearances, deprivation of liberty continue to be used by almost all parties to instil fear and suppress dissent among civilians, says UN commission.

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Malaria remains number-one killer of children in CAR - even during the pandemic

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:20:35 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

September is the rainy season, when malaria becomes more deadly than ever. Since the beginning of 2020, MSF has treated 39,631 malaria cases in Batangafo, against 23,642 in the same period last year.

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Humanitarian chief urges donors to fund UN plan as "spectre of famine" returns in Yemen

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:05:55 +0000

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Country: Yemen
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

More than nine million people have been affected by deepening cuts to aid programmes. Continuing to hold back money from the humanitarian response now will be a death sentence for many families.

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FAO develops app to help fight Fall Armyworm in South Africa

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:32:42 +0000

Country: South Africa
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The FAMEWS mobile app will be used to collect, record, and transmit data on the pest's presence, provide a chat function to share experiences, and a digital library with expert resources.

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World: FAO rolls out innovative data tools to help countries track progress as pandemic poses new monitoring challenges

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:20:30 +0000

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Country: World
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The health crisis, with associated economic and social impacts, is "making the achievement of SDG targets even more challenging" - Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2020.

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Greece: UNHCR scales up immediate shelter support for Moria asylum-seekers

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:28:32 +0000

Countries: Greece, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR has provided 600 family tents, which are already accommodating some 700. It has also provided chemical toilets and handwashing stations and is ready to provide additional WASH support as needed.

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ECHO mobilises €5 million for basic health services during COVID-19 in Pakistan

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 03:05:36 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Source: UN Children's Fund

The EU’s support will allow continuation of life-saving basic services and infection prevention and control measures – including increased access to WASH – to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19.

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh must participate in decisions affecting their lives - Amnesty

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:25:36 +0000

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Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: Amnesty International

A new briefing outlines how exclusion from decision-making is affecting the human rights of Rohingya refugees – from freedom of expression, assembly and movement to access to healthcare and education.

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World: What the COVID-19 pandemic means for the safety of women and girls

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:14:18 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

Policymakers must go beyond the numbers and seek a more comprehensive understanding of dynamics driving pre-existing violence against women and girls and how this environment exacerbates these risks.

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Intensified heavy rainfall causes more floods and devastation in Sudan

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:00:09 +0000

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Country: Sudan
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Government and humanitarians have been assisting 200,000 people in all areas affected but the unprecedented flooding has surpassed the forecast and partners are running out of supplies.

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Burkina Faso: Spike in violence leads to higher deaths, more than one million fleeing homes in central Sahel

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:30:16 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The rise in fighting is jeopardizing access to basic services, including health care, and affecting a fragile economy even as COVID-19 poses new threats across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

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