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ReliefWeb - Updates - Headlines

UNHCR welcomes Mexico’s reforms to protect rights of child refugees and asylum seekers

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:38:42 +0000

Countries: Mexico, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The reforms ensure that displaced children, either accompanied or unaccompanied, will be referred to alternative accommodation instead of immigration detention centres.

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DR Congo: Number of Central African refugees soars as violence intensifies

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:33:41 +0000

Countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Violence in the Central African Republic has forced nearly 60,000 people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries since December, a two-fold rise in just one week.

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Bangladesh: UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:05:28 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: UN News Service

The fire erupted shortly after midnight on Thursday (local time) in the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, gutting about 550 shelters and 150 shops. A community centre is also said to have been destroyed.

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Rescue and relief rushed to Indonesia earthquake survivors

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:43:06 +0000

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

Indonesian Red Cross rescue teams are searching for survivors in the rubble and providing first aid following a devastating earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Education Cannot Wait and partners launch multi-year education programme in Burkina Faso

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:54:26 +0000

Country: Burkina Faso
Sources: Enfants du Monde - Droits de l'Homme, UN Children's Fund, Government of Burkina Faso, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

The full cost of the 2021-2023 Multi-Year Resilience Programme for Burkina Faso is US$59.1 million and targets 813,000 girls and boys, including adolescents, in six priority regions.

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Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in CAR

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 06:07:38 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

Repeated attacks against humanitarian workers have forced aid organisations to close field offices and repatriate staff, leaving at least 2.8 million people without access to life-saving assistance.

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World: Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 22:41:57 +0000

Countries: Botswana, Gambia, Nigeria, South Africa, World, Zambia
Source: World Health Organization

Revamped public health measures are ever more critical to avert a runaway surge in COVID-19 infections that could stretch health facilities to the breaking point.

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Armed clashes escalate while children suffer in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 21:50:46 +0000

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

The new UN report shows a total of 994 verified grave violations against children across the country between September 2018 and June 2020, mostly in Rakhine State in 2019.

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"Most urgent priority in Yemen right now is to prevent a massive famine." - UN Relief Chief

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:41:26 +0000

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

According to Lowcock, data shows that 16 million Yemenis will go hungry this year. About 50,000 people are already experiencing famine conditions with another 5 million one step behind them.

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World: Step up climate change adaptation or face serious human and economic damage – UN report

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:32:22 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Environment Programme

While nations have advanced in planning, huge gaps remain in finance for developing countries and bringing adaptation projects to the stage where they bring real protection against climate impacts.

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Refugees receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Jordan

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:08:52 +0000

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

As part of Jordan’s national COVID-19 vaccination plan, which commenced this week, anyone living in the country, including refugees and asylum seekers, is entitled to receive the vaccine free of charge.

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Bangladesh: Fire blazes through Rohingya camp, devastating hundreds of homes

Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Source: Save the Children

The fire stands as a reminder that children stuck in the camps in Cox’s Bazar face a bleak future with little freedom of movement, inadequate access to education, and serious protection risks.

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World: Global Fund signs a record-breaking $8.54 billion in grants to fight HIV, TB, and malaria

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:59:56 +0000

Country: World
Source: The Global Fund

This is an exceptional achievement that will help more than 100 countries continue the critical fight against HIV, TB and malaria – epidemics that kill more than 2.3 million people every year.

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World: Children cannot afford another year of school disruption

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:42:30 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as cases continue to soar around the world, no effort should be spared to keep schools open or prioritize them in reopening plans.

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Burundi: New CARE report highlights the 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2020

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:18:05 +0000

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Countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Guatemala, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Zambia
Source: CARE

The annual analysis points out the emergencies with the least online global media coverage in five languages throughout the year. CARE sees a concerning trend of crises being neglected year after year. 

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World: Billions will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:31:48 +0000

Country: World
Source: International Rescue Committee

Shortages of COVID-19 vaccines, coupled with vaccine nationalism, means the majority of people in crisis and conflict-affected contexts will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine this year.

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Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:14:20 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Source: World Food Programme

In the Grand Sud, “Famine-like conditions” have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million.

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World Bank plans to invest over $5 billion in drylands in Africa

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 04:42:15 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, World
Source: World Bank

This investment will help improve livelihoods as countries recover from COVID-19 while also dealing with the impact of both biodiversity loss and climate change on their people and economies

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World: UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and MSF announce the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile

Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:01:00 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies, World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund, Médecins Sans Frontières

The stockpile will allow countries, with the support of humanitarian organizations, to contain future Ebola epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk during outbreaks.

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Mali: Insecurity expands into previously ‘safe’ zones in West Africa and the Sahel

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 22:25:02 +0000

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria
Source: UN Security Council

“We need to confront the root causes of exclusion, strengthen democratic governance and give a new and decisive push to fight insecurity,” said Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the region.

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