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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

World: COVID-19 oxygen emergency impacting more than half a million people in low- and middle-income countries every day

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:00:14 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

An Oxygen Emergency Taskforce has been launched to secure oxygen supplies and technical support. It requires US$90 million in immediate funding to meet urgent need in up to 20 countries.

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Number of Syrian households headed by women up to 22% from 4% before the conflict

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:13:56 +0000

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: CARE

Due to the loss or reduced capacity of men, many Syrian women are now the sole breadwinners for their families, bearing the full burden of providing for them with limited livelihood opportunities.

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UN Humanitarian Coordinator calls for urgent support to Sudan

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:25:22 +0000

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Country: Sudan
Sources: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan

The people displaced in and around Ag Geneina are using public buildings, including 32 schools, which has disrupted learning for 58,000 children. An urgent solution is needed to decongest the sites.

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UN experts appalled by deportation of migrants from Malaysia to Myanmar

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:45:28 +0000

Countries: Malaysia, Myanmar
Source: UN Human Rights Council

Malaysian authorities are proceeding with the deportation of more than 1,000 migrants, including children and vulnerable women, despite a court order to suspend their return.

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New wave of violence puts education on hold for one in two children in the Central African Republic

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:06:18 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Sources: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Children's Fund

At least 26 schools across the country are still occupied by armed groups and 999 are non-operational as a result of fighting. Half the country’s children are out of school because of conflict.

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World: Pandemic derails historic advances in children's access to school meals

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 08:49:33 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Food Programme

One in two schoolchildren, or 388 million worldwide, was receiving school meals when the pandemic struck, the highest number in history. By April 2020, 199 countries had closed their schools, says WFP.

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World: UNICEF begins shipping syringes for the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:41:33 +0000

Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe, World
Source: UN Children's Fund

UNICEF has sent 100,000 syringes and 1,000 safety boxes for COVID-19 vaccinations to the Maldives. Over the next few weeks, more than 14.5 million syringes will be shipped to more than 30 countries.

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World: COVID-19 leads to 73% drop in migration from Horn of Africa to Gulf countries

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:12:46 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, World, Yemen
Source: International Organization for Migration

IOM data show the number of migrants crossing via Yemen from the Horn dropped from a high of 138,213 in 2019 to 37,537 in 2020. Forced returns from Saudi Arabia were also significantly reduced.

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Ebola vaccination starts in Guinea to curb new outbreak

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:56:01 +0000

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

The vaccination campaign was launched in Gouecke and uses the “ring strategy” where all people who have come into contact with an Ebola patient receive it, as well as frontline and health workers.

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El Salvador: Millions more in Central America face hunger after climate and pandemic crises

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:37:46 +0000

Countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Source: World Food Programme

Hunger in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua has increased almost fourfold over the past two years - from 2.2 million people in 2018 to close to 8 million people in 2021.

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Surge in civilian casualties following the start of Afghanistan peace negotiations

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 06:21:22 +0000

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

Despite a rise in civilians killed and injured following the start of peace negotiations, the overall numbers for 2020 were down due to lower civilian casualty rates earlier in the year.

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Urgent action needed to tackle triple threat of conflict, flooding and hunger in South Sudan

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 06:12:35 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

“We are past the stage of early warning - this emergency demands urgent action. An increased humanitarian response will be needed ... to prevent another wave of displacement and death," said NRC.

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Civilians wounded and medical center struck during violent clashes in Central African Republic

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 20:48:26 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF’s surgical team and Ministry of Health staff at Bambari Regional hospital treated 36 patients injured in the violence last week. The victims ranged in age between 17 months and 17 years old.

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World: Two-thirds of poorer countries are cutting education budgets due to COVID-19

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:42:05 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Bank

In 2018-19, high-income countries were spending the equivalent of $8,501 annually for every child’s education, against $48 in low-income countries. COVID-19 is only widening this spending gap.

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Nigeria: MSF overcomes security challenges to treat children in Borno state

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:13:20 +0000

Country: Nigeria
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF teams have been running mobile clinics to provide basic healthcare to children under 16 outside Maiduguri, despite the significant security challenges in working outside the main cities in Borno.

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Burst of violence in Darfur triggers Sudan's highest number of conflict displacements in six years

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 09:19:09 +0000

Country: Sudan
Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

A surge in inter-communal attacks in West, South and North Darfur last month forced more people to flee their homes in three days than in the whole of 2020 in Sudan, and the numbers continue to rise.

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Bangladesh: UNHCR appeals for immediate rescue of Rohingya refugees in distress on the Andaman Sea

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 05:49:48 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The refugees report having departed from Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, Bangladesh, approximately 10 days ago. Many are in a highly vulnerable condition and are apparently suffering from extreme dehydration.

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Guinea: IFRC launches multi-country appeal for Ebola outbreak response

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 18:44:55 +0000

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Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

The appeal seeks a total of some 8.5 million Swiss francs to assist 424,000 people in the affected area and 7.52 million people at risk areas including neighbouring countries.

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IOM seeks lifesaving assistance for more than 500,000 displaced and vulnerable migrants in Niger

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:13:27 +0000

Countries: Algeria, Libya, Niger
Source: International Organization for Migration

IOM is seeking $121 million. Continuous returns of migrants from Algeria — as well as movement through Niger to and from Algeria and Libya — leave migrants lacking shelter, food, water and healthcare.

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Turkey: UN Network on Migration established in world's largest refugee-hosting country

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:08:47 +0000

Country: Turkey
Source: International Organization for Migration

As Turkey's first entity dedicated to coordinating migration and development, the Network will help improve migration management, fostering greater harmony between displaced and host communities.

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