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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

Senegal: Deadliest shipwreck of the year claims at least 140 lives

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:25:54 +0000

Countries: Canary Islands (Spain), Senegal, World
Source: International Organization for Migration

The vessel reportedly left Mbour, western Senegal on October 24 bound for the Canary Islands. It caught fire a few hours after departure and capsized near Saint-Louis, on Senegal’s northwest coast.

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World: Children, women, migrants all at increased risk of exploitation and trafficking during second COVID wave

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:26:02 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Human Rights Council

“Human traffickers are adapting quickly, especially to online exploitation, but governments and civil society are struggling to provide effective protection to victims of trafficking,” UN expert said.

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Major typhoon devastates areas of central Viet Nam

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:03:33 +0000

Country: Viet Nam
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

There are 53 people buried and feared dead in two landslides caused by the storm, according to government, and Red Cross teams have been working through the night to help with rescue efforts.

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World: Children in the poorest countries have lost nearly four months of schooling since start of pandemic

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:51:13 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: World Bank, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Children's Fund

A new UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank report looks at national education responses to COVID-19 including lost learning; remote learning support; school reopening plans; health protocols; and financing.

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Armenia: ICRC strongly condemns latest surge in violence as civilian casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:47:34 +0000

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

"Civilian lives are being lost at an alarming rate and people are suffering life-changing injuries. Significant damage has also been inflicted on civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities."

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World: IRC warns against worrying rise of misinformation in crisis-hit states, imperiling fight against COVID-19

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:28:52 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Mexico, Myanmar, Syrian Arab Republic, World
Source: International Rescue Committee

The IRC has noted a rise not only in misinformation - such as inaccurate health advice - but also disinformation, such as deliberately deceptive propaganda with malintent linked to the pandemic.

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A new generation of desert locusts plus flooding and COVID-19 threaten food security in Ethiopia

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:24:18 +0000

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

Alongside efforts to control the locusts, FAO is implementing a programme to safeguard productive assets and livelihoods of the affected population in Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somalia, SNNP and Tigray.

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Flooding worsens in South Sudan, raising health risk

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:29:27 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, South Sudan
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Severe flooding has affected an estimated 800,000 people, destroying homes and leaving people without adequate food, water or shelter in the backdrop of multiple emergencies including COVID-19.

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Malnutrition surges among young children in Yemen as conditions worsen

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:00:00 +0000

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

Acute malnutrition rates among children under five are the highest ever recorded in parts of Yemen, with more than half a million cases in southern districts, according to the latest IPC analysis.

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Afghanistan peace talks fail to slow civilian casualty toll

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:59:10 +0000

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Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Although civilian casualty figure for the first nine months of 2020 dropped by 30 per cent compared to the same period in 2019, high levels of violence continue, with a devastating impact on civilians.

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World: Protection of children in humanitarian crises is chronically underfunded

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection Cluster, The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

A new report provides an in-depth analysis of 19 response plans since 2019 and shows that less than half of the requested amount for child protection was received by humanitarian actors.

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UN relaunches inclusive political forum amid growing ‘sense of hope’ for Libya ceasefire

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:51:04 +0000

Country: Libya
Source: UN News Service

The first meeting of the Forum – to be convened virtually – was due to begin on Monday and direct, in-person meetings will commence on 9 November, in the Tunisian capital Tunis, according to UNSMIL.

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Saudi Arabia funds $10 million UNHCR programme to rebuild returnee communities in Afghanistan

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:08:00 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR together with the government and its partners will construct 37 schools, health clinics and infrastructure projects – including roads and water pipe networks – across Afghanistan in 2020.

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UN urges Somalia to ensure political space remains open to all ahead of elections

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 11:30:41 +0000

Country: Somalia
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

“Somalia has made progress on governance reforms ... and now it is imperative to expand political space further ... It is particularly important that the voices of ... marginalized groups be heard."

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World: Global movement calls for increased investment in education to avert catastrophe

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:01:07 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: Asian Development Bank, World Bank, World Food Programme, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, BRAC, Association for the Development of Education in Africa, Education Above All, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

With the catalytic impact education has across health, jobs, income growth, climate change, poverty reduction and social justice, the next generation faces dire consequences if emergency is not addressed.

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Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh fighting leaves children who fled the conflict in distress

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:01:00 +0000

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan
Source: Save the Children

With an average of 400-600 daily arrivals over the past two weeks, shelters in Armenia have almost reached full capacity. Majority of shelters in Goris have insufficient beds or bathing facilities.

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DR Congo: As COVID-19 increases food insecurity, fewer children in conflict-hit states are receiving nutrition support

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:26:13 +0000

Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen
Source: International Rescue Committee

The number of patients seeking care for malnutrition at IRC-supported clinics has decreased compared with last year by 20% in Somalia,19% in South Sudan,15% in DR Congo, and 12.5% in Yemen.

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Severe flooding in South Sudan increases health risks amid multiple emergencies

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:18:07 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Severe flooding is affecting an estimated 800,000 people across a wide swathe of South Sudan, inundating homes and leaving people without adequate food, water, or shelter.

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Myanmar: EU mobilises international donors to support Rohingya refugees and countries in the region

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:56:10 +0000

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Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Humanitarian aid of €51.5 million includes a new allocation of €20 million, plus development support of €39 million for refugees and host communities, and conflict prevention support of €5.5 million.

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UNHCR and UNICEF pledge to strengthen response to essential needs of children in Libya

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:19:28 +0000

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Country: Libya
Sources: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The ongoing armed conflict, violence, and displacement have deepened the vulnerabilities of children on the move. They are among those with the most limited access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.

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