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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

Kenya: FAO welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 20:56:27 +0000

Countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO has raised its appeal to $138 million, from the initial $76 million a month ago, in urgent funding to assist the countries that have been impacted. So far $33 million has been pledged or received.

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Communities in Mozambique face severe flooding, more than 7,400 people forced to flee in Buzi alone

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 20:15:40 +0000

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

Sofala province was severely affected by the rising level of the water basin, which led to floods. These floods in the region caused the isolation of communities.

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Sudan: Intracommunal conflict in Chad pushes some 8,300 people into Darfur

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:09:27 +0000

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

More than 6,000 people fled to North Darfur due to fighting between different groups of the Zaghwa tribe on the other side of the border, while 2,300 people were displaced from Chad into West Darfur.

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World: Threats to human rights are rising – but so are solutions, UN High Commissioner says

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:00:24 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Michelle Bachelet says measures that advance access to education, healthcare, social protection and a life of dignity have demonstrated their impact as levers for wider social, economic and individual benefit.

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Inundaciones ponen en alerta a Bolivia, se moviliza ayuda

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:23:43 +0000

Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Source: Voice of America

Como resultado de las fuertes lluvias registradas en los últimos días se reportan más de 10.000 familias afectadas y 18 personas fallecidas en Bolivia, según datos del Ministerio de Defensa.

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More than 10,000 civilian casualties for sixth straight year in Afghanistan

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 04:59:30 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Sources: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

A new UN report calls on all parties to the conflict to conduct prompt, effective and transparent investigations into all allegations of violations of international human rights law.

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UN Officials call for enhanced protection of civilians facing escalating violence in Cameroon

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:26:50 +0000

Country: Cameroon
Source: UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Hundreds of thousands of people are reported to be displaced in the affected regions and the lack of security has further exacerbated the plight of marginalized and vulnerable groups.

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Greece: Vulnerable asylum-seekers struggle to access medical care on overcrowded Greek islands

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:11:26 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Greece, Syrian Arab Republic, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More than 18,000 people now living at a site built for 2,200. UNHCR is calling for EU member states to demonstrate their solidarity and help to alleviate pressure by relocating asylum-seekers.

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More than 700,000 displaced by Sahel violence in Burkina Faso over 12 months

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:57:46 +0000

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

UNHCR and partners are facing severe challenges in accessing and responding to the needs of the IDPs and refugees scattered throughout the Sahel, as attacks on civilians grow in number and frequency.

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Ukraine: New IOM survey shows huge numbers of Ukrainians still suffering after five years of conflict

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:33:27 +0000

Country: Ukraine
Source: International Organization for Migration

“Displaced persons residing in rural areas, elderly people and female-headed households with children struggle just to get through each day,” observed Anh Nguyen, IOM Ukraine Chief of Mission.

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Nigeria targets more than 55 million children in house-to-house anti-polio campaign

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:51:42 +0000

Country: Nigeria
Source: World Health Organization

In Federal Capital Territory for instance, out of the 854,720 targeted children, the government, with support from World Health Organization, successfully reached 810,859 children with all vaccines.

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World: IOM launches guidance to improve protection and assistance for migrants vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:17:15 +0000

Country: World
Source: International Organization for Migration

The guidance comprises three tools that are the first of their kind and will help policymakers and practitioners by laying out operational direction on providing protection and assistance to migrants.

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As violence escalates, 37 children among those killed and injured in Al-Jawf, north Yemen

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:43:25 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: UN Children's Fund

“We were hopeful peace would be on the horizon, but the worrying escalation of violence over the past few weeks is a harsh reminder that children continue to carry the heaviest burden of the conflict."

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Syria: UN High Commissioner for Refugees appeals for safety for civilians trapped in Idlib

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:29:44 +0000

Countries: Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

"Thousands of innocent people cannot pay the price of a divided international community, whose inability to find a solution to this crisis is going to be a grave stain on our collective ... conscience.”

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Remote sensing data used for early action on dzud in Mongolia

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:56:11 +0000

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Country: Mongolia
Source: UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

An extreme winter risk map was developed using MODIS satellite data, among other resources. The map shows that more than 50 per cent of the country is at risk of a severe winter.

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More than 6.5 million people at risk of hunger in South Sudan as floods take toll

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:52:18 +0000

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

Overall, in January, an estimated 5.3 million South Sudanese were already struggling to feed themselves, or were in “crisis” or worse (IPC Phase 3 and above) levels of food insecurity.

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Afghanistan: Afghan youth are helping shape the country’s first national environmental policy

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:02:24 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Environment Programme

Participants in UNEP workshops shared views on environmental priorities, risks and solutions, with many raising concerns that they are going to face the reality of climate change in their lifetime.

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IOM calls on international community to urgently find alternatives to disembarkation in Libya

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:39:54 +0000

Countries: Italy, Libya, Malta, World
Source: International Organization for Migration

At least 1,700 migrants have been intercepted or rescued and returned to Libya by the coast guard since the beginning of the new year. More than 3,000 others arrived in Italy and Malta.

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Netherlands launches Prospects Partnership in Sudan to assist refugees and host communities

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:50:46 +0000

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Countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, Sudan, Uganda
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The Partnership is a four-year, multi-country initiative aimed to help refugees and forcibly displaced individuals with sustainable solutions to support better integration and inclusion.

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European Commission releases €21 million in humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:04:47 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pakistan
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Persistent and intensified conflict continues to cause large-scale suffering and displacement of Afghan people. Iran and Pakistan are the biggest hosts of Afghan refugees worldwide.

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