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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

Child-trafficking in Mali increasing because of conflict and COVID-19

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:16:18 +0000

Country: Mali
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More cases of child recruitment were documented in the first half of this year (230) against all of 2019 (215 cases), according to the UNHCR-led Global Protection Cluster.

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Ethiopia: Humanitarian access urgently needed to reach civilians, Eritrean refugees in Tigray

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:59:10 +0000

Countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR is appealing to the federal authorities in Ethiopia for urgent access in order to reach Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and services.

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World: In 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 05:00:00 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This means one in 33 people worldwide needs help — a significant increase from the one in 45 people a year ago. The UN and partner organizations will require $35 billion to reach 160 million people.

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Two-thirds of the world’s school-age children have no internet access at home

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 01:23:27 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The ITU and UNICEF call for urgent investment to bridge a digital divide currently preventing children and young people from accessing quality digital learning and opportunities online.

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Hundreds of separated child refugees arriving in Sudan at risk of exploitation and abuse

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 01:05:26 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children is deeply worried about lone child refugees arriving separated from their parents from Ethiopia into Sudan. Their numbers could be in the hundreds, the agency warns.

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More than 1.9 million Iraqi children in high-risk governorates to be vaccinated against polio

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:59:57 +0000

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Country: Iraq
Sources: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund

The campaign will target children in 46 districts in 16 governorates, including Baghdad, Babylon, Anbar, Dahuk, Erbil, Kerbala, Kirkuk Missan, Najaf, Ninewa, Salah Al-Din, Suleymaniya, Wassit and Basra.

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Southern Madagascar faces drought-driven hunger, threatening millions

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:47:18 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Source: World Food Programme

Three straight years of drought have wiped out harvests and hampered people's access to food and COVID-19 is compounding their suffering, WFP warns. An estimated 1.5 million people need urgent help.

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DR Congo: At least 11 million children under five at risk of starvation across eleven countries

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 03:51:33 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

With the potential risk of famine in Yemen and South Sudan, Save the Children is calling for an urgent and large-scale global response to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

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World: WHO calls for reinvigorated action to fight malaria

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:01:00 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Gaps in access to life-saving tools are undermining global efforts to curb the disease, and the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to set back the fight even further.

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UNHCR and partners seek almost $150 million to help Tigray refugees in Sudan

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:37:28 +0000

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Countries: Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Sources: Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, Welthungerhilfe, COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, United Nations Population Fund, Medair, ZOA, Islamic Relief, International Organization for Migration, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNOPS, CARE, World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Relief International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, Alight

As thousands of Ethiopians are displaced into Sudan, where more than 12.7 million people are already in need of assistance, the Refugee Emergency Response Plan seeks to scale up existing multi-sectoral efforts.

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sudan as Ethiopian arrivals cross 43,000

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:35:26 +0000

Countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

In eastern Sudan, UNHCR continues to ramp up its relief effort together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges.

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Children forced to live among unexploded bombs and rubble after Iraq camp closures strand thousands

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 03:24:23 +0000

Country: Iraq
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children spoke to parents who had been forced to leave the camps. They told harrowing accounts of finding unexploded bombs and corpses in buildings and under rubble in areas they now live in.

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Humanitarian actors seek US$168 million to support 1.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:01:11 +0000

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

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan lays out how more than 120 partners aim to assist the most vulnerable people in addition to the efforts already being undertaken by the Government.

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World: WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:43:03 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

An analysis finds that based on the self-reports by African countries, the region has an average score of 33% readiness for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, which is well below the desired benchmark of 80%.

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Ethiopians desperate for news of family as refugee numbers surge

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:41:44 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More than 40,000 Ethiopians have fled the Tigray crisis into eastern Sudan, with no sign of a let-up in new arrivals. Many anxiously hope to be reunited with their families.

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World: How COVID-19 is becoming a catastrophe for children in sub-Saharan Africa

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:11:44 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The region was already a challenging place for many of its 550 million children, but the pandemic has intensified many of the crises they face – and created new ones. About half may be going hungry.

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Philippines appeal revised to $52.6 million to enable Typhoon Vamco assistance

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 05:20:08 +0000

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

In response to Typhoons Goni and Vamco, humanitarian actors will focus on life-saving and time-critical recovery needs of people living in the hardest-hit provinces, Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan.

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Successive typhoons wreak havoc on housing and livelihoods in the Philippines

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 01:27:31 +0000

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

Typhoons Molave and Vamco, followed by Super Typhoon Goni, shattered the already precarious livelihoods of more than 200,000 farmers and fisher-folk, and destroyed more than 305,000 houses.

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World: African health ministers urge greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:28:41 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Opening the meeting, Jacqueline Mikolo, chair of the Seventieth Regional Committee, called for increased high-level political commitment, solidarity and information-sharing in battle against COVID-19.

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World: Second wave of COVID pandemic driving further violence against refugee women and girls

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:51:08 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

A lethal mix of confinement, deepening poverty and economic duress is unleashing a renewed wave of violence against refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls, UNHCR warns today.

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