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UNHCR and UNICEF pledge to strengthen response to essential needs of children in Libya

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:19:28 +0000

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Country: Libya
Sources: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The ongoing armed conflict, violence, and displacement have deepened the vulnerabilities of children on the move. They are among those with the most limited access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.

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UNHCR calls for protection, support for civilians affected by violence in southern Afghanistan

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:30:57 +0000

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Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Although the exact extent of new displacement is unknown, local authorities estimate more than 5,000 families (nearly 40,000 people) have fled in the last 10 days since clashes erupted.

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As many as 1.4 million children at risk of homelessness and disease in Pakistan floods

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:55:09 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Source: Save the Children

Children are living outdoors, schools have been destroyed or damaged and agricultural crops have been lost. In many rural districts, people have only five days’ worth of food stock left.

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Greece: New camp ‘worse than Moria’ with thousands living in abysmal conditions

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:01:00 +0000

Countries: Greece, World
Source: Oxfam

According to Greek Council for Refugees and Oxfam, almost 8,000 people have been moved to the new camp with little or no running water, no sewage management, and limited health facilities.

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Burkina Faso: With Central Sahel at ‘breaking point’, donors announce $1.7 billion to scale up aid

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:00:52 +0000

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Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Sources: Government of Denmark, European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Government of Germany, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, European Union

The funds will help 10 million people through 2021 with nutrition and food, health services, water and sanitation, shelter, education and protection, and help survivors of gender-based violence.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Life-saving distribution of winter aid begins in Bosnia

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:26:27 +0000

Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, World
Source: International Organization for Migration

Up to 3,000 migrants will receive sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, shoes, food and hygiene packages to help them through the worst of the Balkan winter, when temperatures plunge well below zero.

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Bangladesh: UNHCR calls for solidarity, support and solutions for Rohingya refugees ahead of urgent donor conference

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:41:01 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The aid response is facing a dramatic shortfall this year as less than half the requested funds have been received. The UN appealed for more than $1 billion to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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Five million people swamped by catastrophic floods in Viet Nam

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:12:24 +0000

Country: Viet Nam
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

The Red Cross is ramping up relief efforts. At least 178,000 homes have been submerged in floodwaters that have also destroyed crops; almost 690,000 poultry and livestock have been killed.

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Pakistan’s nationwide polio vaccination campaign reaches more than 39 million children

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:26:22 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Source: UN Children's Fund

The Pakistan Government, with support from UNICEF, WHO and GPEI partners, resumed polio activities in July and conducted two sub-national campaigns in July and August 2020.

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Burkina Faso: Millions of out-of-school children at increased risk of violence across the Sahel

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:21:31 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: Save the Children

After a year of violence, flooding and COVID-19 pushed millions of children out of school and away from the protection it provides, governments must focus on the education and safety of children.

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Burkina Faso: Covid-19 and conflict forced over 12 million children from school across Central Sahel region

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:10:50 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

All the 40,000 schools in the region were forced to close because of the pandemic, pushing students out of class in an area where access to education is already hampered by growing insecurity.

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Sharp increase in food prices caused by COVID-19 raises fear of hunger in Nigeria

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:56:01 +0000

Country: Nigeria
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program has grown by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases has risen by 10%, compared with the same period last year.

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Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns of mounting needs in Sahel as forced displacement intensifies

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:57:08 +0000

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Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Armed conflict, extreme poverty, food insecurity, climatic changes, and COVID-19 converge in the Sahel. Across the wider region, more than 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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Niger: UNHCR’s life-saving flights from Libya resume after seven-month suspension

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:49:43 +0000

Countries: Eritrea, Libya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Those evacuated are nationals of Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, including 16 families and 15 children under the age of 18, many of whom are unaccompanied or separated from their parents.

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World: New WFP report shows access to food grossly unequal as coronavirus adds to challenges

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:53:27 +0000

Countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Panama, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Source: World Food Programme

A basic meal is far beyond the reach of millions of people in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic joins conflict, climate change and economic troubles in pushing up levels of hunger around the world.

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IFRC says conditions in Sudan are terrible as emergency appeal only 15% funded

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:28:40 +0000

Country: Sudan
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

At least 175,000 houses have been destroyed, leaving thousands of families homeless. Food crops and livestock have been wiped out, and with prices skyrocketing, food insecurity rates are soaring.

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World: Rising food prices, job losses, and unabated conflict spark fears of rising hunger across Africa

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:15:50 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The risk is that as food prices rise and incomes plummet, we could see a rise in malnutrition because families can't afford enough food, or that the food they can afford is less nutrient-rich, said ICRC.

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World: Almost 600 million children completely missed out on financial support during COVID-19

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:19:56 +0000

Country: World
Source: Save the Children

Millions of families in low-and-middle income countries did not receive any child and family-specific financial support from their governments to face the COVID-19 pandemic, says Save the Children.

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Deadly sea crossings from Lebanon to Cyprus surge as economic crisis pushes thousands more children into poverty

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:51:49 +0000

Countries: Cyprus, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Save the Children

Two months since the explosion ripped through the capital Beirut, Save the Children's teams have recorded a 574% increase in requests for shelter and financial support among Lebanese communities.

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Nearly five million children need help to survive in Nigeria, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, warns Save the Children

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:48:38 +0000

Countries: Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria
Source: Save the Children

“The region is now on the brink of a hunger crisis. Without life-saving treatment, many thousands could die from completely preventable and treatable causes," says Mateo Caprotti.

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