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Humanitarian actors seek US$168 million to support 1.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:01:11 +0000

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

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan lays out how more than 120 partners aim to assist the most vulnerable people in addition to the efforts already being undertaken by the Government.

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World: WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:43:03 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

An analysis finds that based on the self-reports by African countries, the region has an average score of 33% readiness for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, which is well below the desired benchmark of 80%.

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Ethiopians desperate for news of family as refugee numbers surge

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:41:44 +0000

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

More than 40,000 Ethiopians have fled the Tigray crisis into eastern Sudan, with no sign of a let-up in new arrivals. Many anxiously hope to be reunited with their families.

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World: How COVID-19 is becoming a catastrophe for children in sub-Saharan Africa

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:11:44 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The region was already a challenging place for many of its 550 million children, but the pandemic has intensified many of the crises they face – and created new ones. About half may be going hungry.

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Successive typhoons wreak havoc on housing and livelihoods in the Philippines

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 01:27:31 +0000

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

Typhoons Molave and Vamco, followed by Super Typhoon Goni, shattered the already precarious livelihoods of more than 200,000 farmers and fisher-folk, and destroyed more than 305,000 houses.

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World: African health ministers urge greater vigilance in COVID-19 fight

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:28:41 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Opening the meeting, Jacqueline Mikolo, chair of the Seventieth Regional Committee, called for increased high-level political commitment, solidarity and information-sharing in battle against COVID-19.

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World: Second wave of COVID pandemic driving further violence against refugee women and girls

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:51:08 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

A lethal mix of confinement, deepening poverty and economic duress is unleashing a renewed wave of violence against refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls, UNHCR warns today.

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Afghanistan: Afghan women’s rights must not be compromised in peace process

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 01:07:27 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: Amnesty International

Any compromise on women’s rights in a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban would betray two decades of hard-won progress for Afghan women, said Amnesty International.

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Ethiopian refugee numbers in Sudan cross the 40,000 mark

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:06:38 +0000

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

UNHCR and its partners have been able to deliver and distribute aid, including food, to more people. But the humanitarian response continues to face logistical challenges and remains overstretched.

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World: Gavi and IOM join forces to improve immunization coverage for migrants

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:57:54 +0000

Country: World
Sources: International Organization for Migration, GAVI Alliance

The agreement focuses on reaching missed communities in humanitarian and emergency settings with vaccination and support routine immunization through engagement in primary healthcare systems.

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Tropical Storm Gati weakens, leaving trail of destruction in Bari and Sanaag regions of Somalia

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:48:50 +0000

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Country: Somalia
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

More than 700 houses were destroyed, several boats and fishing gear damaged, and large numbers of livestock lost. This has led to severe loss of livelihood for most families.

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Ethiopia: Threat of major hostilities in Mekelle seriously imperils civilian lives, warns UN Rights Chief

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:55:58 +0000

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

The warring parties in Tigray are urged to give clear and unambiguous orders to their forces to take constant care to spare – and protect – the civilian population from the effect of the hostilities

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Nearly two-thirds of the world’s children were living in a conflict-ridden country in 2019

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:04:58 +0000

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Country: World
Source: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The number of children living in conflict zones has been increasing since 2000. In 2019, Africa was the world region with the highest number of children living in conflict zones (179 million).

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UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for nearly 15,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:36:13 +0000

Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Togo
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

A UNHCR-chartered flight landed in Monrovia with blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, plastic sheets, and solar lamps for Ivorian refugees. The items were valued at over US$300,000.

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Millions of children’s lives at high risk as Yemen inches towards famine

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:20:57 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: UN Children's Fund

Acute child malnutrition rates have reached record levels in parts of the country, up 10% just this year. Nearly 325,000 under-fives suffer from severe acute malnutrition and are fighting to survive.

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COVID-19 takes heavy toll on refugees in Egypt

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:26:45 +0000

Countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Many have lost their source of income and have found it even harder to buy food or pay rent. Unaccompanied and separated children have become increasingly vulnerable and reports of GBV are rising.

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Afghanistan: Ahead of Afghan summit, IRC calls on international community to increase funding and push for peace

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:01:52 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: International Rescue Committee

With 14 million people needing aid, a 55% increase since 2019, and 6,000 civilian casualties this year, Afghans are caught in the middle of one of the deadliest conflicts for civilians.

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UNHCR warns of grave consequences if the world looks away from Afghanistan

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 05:05:17 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The future of millions of Afghans depends both on a successful outcome of peace talks as well as on the commitment of the international community to the country’s development.

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FAO and Somalia step up locust fight as hatching and hopper band formation continue in central area

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:04:29 +0000

Country: Somalia
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

A recent shift of winds has pushed the insects into southern Somalia, threatening a potential re-invasion into northern Kenya. Mature locusts have been sighted in Southwest State and Jubaland.

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As Yemen teeters on brink of famine, IRC urges G20 to fulfil humanitarian commitments at summit

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:14:48 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: International Rescue Committee

IRC is calling for world leaders to release their funding commitments towards Yemen’s humanitarian response plan and to support a recovery package for Yemen’s beleaguered economy.

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