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More than 5.7 million children under five on the brink of starvation across the world

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:25:46 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

For the first time in decades, child hunger and malnutrition is on the rise. Save the Children is launching its largest appeal ever, aiming to raise $130 million in the coming months.

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WFP chief appeals for the world not to look away as families starve in Madagascar

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:41:05 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Source: World Food Programme

Southern Madagascar is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years with more than 1.14 million people food-insecure. About 14,000 are already in catastrophic conditions and this will double by October.

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New escalations of violence in Haiti generate widespread panic and new population displacements

Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:33:37 +0000

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

Around a third of Port-au-Prince’s territory is affected by an estimated 95 armed gangs, triggering approximately 13,600 displacements since the beginning of June.

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Libya: Recurrent violence against refugees and migrants in Tripoli detention centres forces MSF to suspend activities

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:52:05 +0000

Countries: Libya, World
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Due to the pattern of violent incidents and serious harm to refugees and migrants, as well as the risk to the safety of staff, MSF has suspended humanitarian and medical care in Tripoli detention centres.

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World: WFP says 41 million people at imminent risk of famine without urgent funding and immediate access

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:53:38 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Madagascar, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Source: World Food Programme

WFP analyses show that 41 million people are teetering on the very edge of famine in 43 countries, and the slightest shock will push them over the precipice. This number was 27 million in 2019.

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UNHCR warns of vaccine gap risk for world’s stateless

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:28:01 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR warns many who do not have nationality or identity documents will be excluded unless states make particular efforts to reach them and address the specific challenges they are likely to face.

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World: Study shows 19 million more people need humanitarian aid as funding drops

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 00:01:00 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen
Source: Development Initiatives

International humanitarian spending dropped by $284 million between 2019 and 2020; the UK cut funding by the most, $900 million, offsetting increases by others, such as $800 million more from Germany.

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World: Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:20:07 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen
Sources: UN Security Council, UN General Assembly

More than 19,300 boys and girls affected by war last year were victims of grave violations such as recruitment or rape, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for experts to reach them.

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CAR: People in Bambari living in deplorable conditions following camp destruction

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 12:18:18 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Some 8,500 people have been expelled from their makeshift camp in Bambari, CAR, after renewed fighting broke out in the region. The camp was burnt to the ground and an MSF health post destroyed.

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Kenya: Return is not a solution, say refugees in Dadaab after camp closure announcement

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:25:35 +0000

Countries: Kenya, Somalia
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

With the government and UNHCR announcing the closure of camps in June 2022, many feel fear and uncertainty about what will come next. But they are certain they don't want to return to Somalia.

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Millions of lives at stake if cross-border aid channel closes in northwest Syria, warns MSF

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:48:30 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

The international medical humanitarian organization calls on the Security Council to renew the cross-border resolution for the provision of humanitarian aid by July 10.

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World: More than 32 million Africans are either internally displaced, refugees or asylum seekers

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:11:09 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, World
Source: Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Ten African countries account for 88 percent (28 million) of all forcibly displaced people on the continent. Each of these top 10 are in conflict, says Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

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World: Refugees are paying the highest price in the COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 07:36:01 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Myanmar, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

"We are seeing alarming trends that show many refugees around the world are unable to pay for food or rent and are struggling to access health care and education," says IFRC's Jagan Chapagain.

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World: More than 82 million people forcibly displaced in 2020

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 05:19:40 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, Germany, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

According to UNHCR’s latest annual Global Trends report released today, this is a further four per cent increase on top of the already record-high 79.5 million at the end of 2019.

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UN launches 2021 Venezuela Humanitarian Response Plan to help 4.5 million people

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 22:28:58 +0000

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Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This plan, which calls for $708 million, aims to provide life-saving emergency assistance, secure livelihoods through improving access to basic services, and ensure protection of the most vulnerable.

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Colombia: IOM and UNHCR celebrate commitment of the international community to mobilize funds for refugees and migrants from Venezuela

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 19:10:32 +0000

Countries: Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Additional financial support pledged today will allow States and humanitarian organizations to continue providing emergency assistance and lifesaving aid to Venezuelans most in need and their host communities, while also finding long-term solutions.

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World: Drought could be next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it, warns the UNDRR

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:52:56 +0000

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Countries: Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia
Source: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Most of the world will be living with water stress in the next few years. We must all act now, said UN representatives during the launch of the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021.

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World: COVID-19 cases surge by more than 20% in Africa, near first-wave peak

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:52:10 +0000

Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Uganda, World
Source: World Health Organization

New data from the World Health Organization shows the continent's third wave is gaining pace and nearing the first-wave peak of more than 120,000 weekly cases recorded in July 2020.

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COVID-19 poses a major threat to the life and welfare of refugees in Uganda

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:26:33 +0000

Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Uganda
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Negative coping mechanisms such as survival sex and child marriage became more common during the pandemic because of severe economic hardship and reduced food assistance, according to UNHCR.

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COVID-19 at crisis point in Afghanistan as hospitals overflow

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 05:54:17 +0000

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

Hospital beds are full in many areas across the country and oxygen supplies cannot keep up. Infection rates have skyrocketed by around 2,400 per cent in the past month.

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