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UNICEF airlifts essential supplies to respond to COVID-19 in Yemen as cases increase

Sat, 30 May 2020 12:37:08 +0000

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Country: Yemen
Source: UN Children's Fund

A UNICEF chartered plane landed at Sana’a airport with lifesaving supplies including Personal Protective Equipment items such as aprons, boots, face masks and gloves for frontline health workers.

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World: Children are the hidden victims of Latin America’s Corona crisis

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:12:09 +0000

Countries: Brazil, World
Source: SOS Children's Villages International

With weak healthcare systems and high levels of inequality, the crisis presents an unprecedented challenge for struggling families. Children are especially vulnerable and families risk collapsing.

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UNHCR warns of worsening conditions for displaced Venezuelans as winter approaches

Fri, 29 May 2020 10:10:14 +0000

Countries: Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

With the approaching cold weather, UNHCR is bracing for a deepening of the crisis. The winter season will considerably increase the need for humanitarian and medical assistance.

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Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee into Chad

Thu, 28 May 2020 11:40:05 +0000

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

By 18 May, 14,938 individuals had been pre-registered. The situation in Sudan remains volatile and on 17 May, reports were received of the arrival in Chad of 1,600 people after an incident in West Darfur.

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World: Red Cross, Red Crescent movement appeals for $3.19 billion to curb COVID-19 and assist most vulnerable

Thu, 28 May 2020 11:28:07 +0000

Country: World
Sources: International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

This coordinated appeal builds on the previous one on 26 March and aims to increase life-saving services and support to address immediate impacts of the pandemic and long-lasting economic repercussions.

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World: FAO warns impact of viruses, plagues and economic damage will fuel hunger in Asia and Pacific

Thu, 28 May 2020 10:42:46 +0000

Countries: China, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, World
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

"We cannot and must not underestimate the damage to lives and livelihoods that the convergence of these crises will have on food security and hunger in this part of the world," said FAO's Kim.

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Haiti: Millones en riesgo de inseguridad alimentaria en America Latina y el Caribe

Thu, 28 May 2020 09:48:41 +0000

Countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: World Food Programme

El impacto socioeconómico de la pandemia COVID-19 en la región podría empujar a 14 millones de personas a la inseguridad alimentaria severa, según el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de la ONU.

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Haiti: WFP warns up to 14 million people at risk of hunger in Latin America and Caribbean

Thu, 28 May 2020 07:21:24 +0000

Countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: World Food Programme

“It is vital and urgent that we provide food assistance to the growing number of vulnerable people in the region ... We still have time to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a hunger pandemic.”

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World: Number of children living in household poverty to soar by up to 86 million by end of year

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:08:10 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: UN Children's Fund, Save the Children

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic could increase the number of children in household poverty by 15 percent before the end of 2020, according to Save the Children and UNICEF.

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Yemen: Food crisis likely to worsen in Middle East and North Africa as COVID-19 continues

Wed, 27 May 2020 11:37:29 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, World, Yemen
Sources: World Health Organization, World Food Programme, UN Children's Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are among the top 10 countries in the world with the worst food crises by number of people in crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) with nearly 40 million suffering.

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Children at particular risk during Afghanistan's lockdown

Wed, 27 May 2020 09:36:48 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Children's Fund

Crowded living quarters, limited to no access to clean water, and severely curtailed healthcare all increase the risk of the coronavirus spreading, yet all are a reality for many Afghan IDPs.

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Somalia: New swarms of locusts threaten to increase hunger in East Africa reeling from floods and coronavirus – Oxfam

Wed, 27 May 2020 00:01:00 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda
Source: Oxfam

The floods and the new wave of locust infestation will lead to increased food shortages in a region where over 33 million people are already severely food insecure.

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Extra €700 million pledged to save lives and reduce suffering of people hit by Venezuelan crisis

Tue, 26 May 2020 23:52:17 +0000

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Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Norwegian Refugee Council, CARE, Oxfam, Save the Children, Plan International, World Vision

This fundraising effort is an essential step to provide aid to more than five million refugees and migrants from Venezuela living in the region in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

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Yemen aid lifeline near ‘breaking point’, says UN food agency

Tue, 26 May 2020 19:13:37 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: UN News Service

Humanitarian projects to war-torn Yemen are reaching breaking point and about $870 million is needed to continue giving life-saving aid to millions of people for the next six months, WFP warned.

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World: Cinco cosas que podemos hacer para proteger a migrantes, desplazados y refugiados ante la COVID-19

Tue, 26 May 2020 13:37:46 +0000

Country: World
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

La pandemia esta teniendo un impacto desproporcionado en 70 millones de desplazados forzosos en el mundo, así como en migrantes. La MSF indica medidas que deben realizarse.

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GOAL to support 243,000 children with lifesaving nutrition intervention in Zimbabwe

Tue, 26 May 2020 10:17:37 +0000

Country: Zimbabwe
Source: GOAL

The start of this ECHO-funded project comes in light of a worsening humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe due to hyperinflation, drought, crop failure, Cyclone Idai and the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Uganda: Urban refugees struggling to survive as economic impact of COVID-19 worsens in eastern Africa

Tue, 26 May 2020 09:57:31 +0000

Countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Without support, many urban refugees will become extremely vulnerable to exploitation, risk falling into debt and may be forced into desperate situations, such as transactional sex or child labour.

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World: La OMS y ACNUR unen fuerzas para mejorar los servicios sanitarios para refugiados, desplazados y apátridas

Mon, 25 May 2020 18:50:08 +0000

Country: World
Sources: World Health Organization, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Un objetivo clave será apoyar los actuales esfuerzos para proteger frente a la COVID-19 a unos 70 millones de personas desplazadas por la fuerza. De ellas, unos 26 millones son personas refugiadas.

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Significant efforts by Colombia ensure that nearly 200,000 Venezuelan children have access to education

Mon, 25 May 2020 07:31:18 +0000

Countries: Colombia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

While 198,000 children under 18 are already enrolled in school in Colombia, most of them in primary and secondary education (79%), around 260,000 still remain outside the educational system.

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More than one million women in Burkina Faso caught between conflict and COVID-19

Mon, 25 May 2020 02:01:52 +0000

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Country: Burkina Faso
Source: Oxfam

Women and girls in Burkina Faso are facing increased sexual violence, hunger and water shortage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic on top of the existing conflict, said Oxfam in a new report.

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