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IOM raises concerns about impact of Yemen famine predictions on migrants and IDPs

Fri, 04 Dec 2020 13:00:17 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: International Organization for Migration

“The impact of the UN’s famine predictions will be disastrous, and even fatal, for IDPs and migrants, who are already greatly suffering as a result of limited access to food and humanitarian assistance."

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Ethiopia: UNHCR poised to resume aid delivery to displaced in Tigray

Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:27:19 +0000

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

In Shire in Tigray, UNHCR staff, together with partners, have already distributed water, high energy biscuits, clothes, mattresses, sleeping mats and blankets to an estimated 5,000 internally displaced.

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UN agencies warn window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:42:55 +0000

Country: Yemen
Sources: World Food Programme, UN Children's Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis indicates that pockets of famine-like conditions (IPC Phase 5) have already returned for the first time in two years.

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World: UNICEF issues record $6.4 billion emergency appeal to reach more than 190 million children

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:14:04 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

This appeal is a 35 per cent increase over funds requested for 2020, and a reflection of expanding humanitarian needs globally amidst protracted crises and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NRC welcomes humanitarian access deal in Ethiopia's Tigray region

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 07:13:51 +0000

Countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

"This must mean access everywhere, including to internally displaced people and Eritrean refugees living in Tigray’s camps,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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World: COVID-19 could push the number of people living in extreme poverty to more than one billion by 2030

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 06:17:16 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Development Programme

However, UNDP study shows that focused SDG investments over the next decade could prevent the rise of extreme poverty and even exceed the development trajectory the world was on before the pandemic.

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Ethiopia: UNFPA says 13 million more child marriages will happen by 2030 because of pandemic

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:16:28 +0000

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Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia
Sources: United Nations Population Fund, UN Children's Fund

Threat of child marriage is far greater when communities suffer economic shocks and have limited access to health, education and child protection services, all of which are being hit by COVID-19.

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World: People affected by armed conflict must not be forgotten in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:41:46 +0000

Country: World
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The ICRC estimates that more than 60 million people live in areas controlled by non-state armed groups who risk not being included in national vaccine distribution frameworks.

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World: How climate change is multiplying risks for displacement

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:39:31 +0000

Countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Niger, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

As our world heats, the impacts are uneven. Vulnerable people in some of the most fragile and conflict-hit countries are experiencing some of the most severe effects from deepening droughts to flooding.

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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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