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UN urges Somalia to ensure political space remains open to all ahead of elections

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:30:41 +0000

Country: Somalia
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

“Somalia has made progress on governance reforms ... and now it is imperative to expand political space further ... It is particularly important that the voices of ... marginalized groups be heard."

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World: Global movement calls for increased investment in education to avert catastrophe

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:01:07 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: Asian Development Bank, World Bank, World Food Programme, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, BRAC, Association for the Development of Education in Africa, Education Above All, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

With the catalytic impact education has across health, jobs, income growth, climate change, poverty reduction and social justice, the next generation faces dire consequences if emergency is not addressed.

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Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh fighting leaves children who fled the conflict in distress

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:01:00 +0000

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan
Source: Save the Children

With an average of 400-600 daily arrivals over the past two weeks, shelters in Armenia have almost reached full capacity. Majority of shelters in Goris have insufficient beds or bathing facilities.

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DR Congo: As COVID-19 increases food insecurity, fewer children in conflict-hit states are receiving nutrition support

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:26:13 +0000

Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen
Source: International Rescue Committee

The number of patients seeking care for malnutrition at IRC-supported clinics has decreased compared with last year by 20% in Somalia,19% in South Sudan,15% in DR Congo, and 12.5% in Yemen.

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Severe flooding in South Sudan increases health risks amid multiple emergencies

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:18:07 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Severe flooding is affecting an estimated 800,000 people across a wide swathe of South Sudan, inundating homes and leaving people without adequate food, water, or shelter.

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Myanmar: EU mobilises international donors to support Rohingya refugees and countries in the region

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:56:10 +0000

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Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Humanitarian aid of €51.5 million includes a new allocation of €20 million, plus development support of €39 million for refugees and host communities, and conflict prevention support of €5.5 million.

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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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