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Burkina Faso: Millions of out-of-school children at increased risk of violence across the Sahel

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:21:31 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: Save the Children

After a year of violence, flooding and COVID-19 pushed millions of children out of school and away from the protection it provides, governments must focus on the education and safety of children.

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Burkina Faso: Covid-19 and conflict forced over 12 million children from school across Central Sahel region

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:10:50 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

All the 40,000 schools in the region were forced to close because of the pandemic, pushing students out of class in an area where access to education is already hampered by growing insecurity.

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Sharp increase in food prices caused by COVID-19 raises fear of hunger in Nigeria

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:56:01 +0000

Country: Nigeria
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program has grown by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases has risen by 10%, compared with the same period last year.

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Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns of mounting needs in Sahel as forced displacement intensifies

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:57:08 +0000

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Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Armed conflict, extreme poverty, food insecurity, climatic changes, and COVID-19 converge in the Sahel. Across the wider region, more than 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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Niger: UNHCR’s life-saving flights from Libya resume after seven-month suspension

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:49:43 +0000

Countries: Eritrea, Libya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Those evacuated are nationals of Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, including 16 families and 15 children under the age of 18, many of whom are unaccompanied or separated from their parents.

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World: New WFP report shows access to food grossly unequal as coronavirus adds to challenges

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:53:27 +0000

Countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Panama, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Source: World Food Programme

A basic meal is far beyond the reach of millions of people in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic joins conflict, climate change and economic troubles in pushing up levels of hunger around the world.

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IFRC says conditions in Sudan are terrible as emergency appeal only 15% funded

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:28:40 +0000

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

At least 175,000 houses have been destroyed, leaving thousands of families homeless. Food crops and livestock have been wiped out, and with prices skyrocketing, food insecurity rates are soaring.

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World: Rising food prices, job losses, and unabated conflict spark fears of rising hunger across Africa

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:15:50 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

The risk is that as food prices rise and incomes plummet, we could see a rise in malnutrition because families can't afford enough food, or that the food they can afford is less nutrient-rich, said ICRC.

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World: Almost 600 million children completely missed out on financial support during COVID-19

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:19:56 +0000

Country: World
Source: Save the Children

Millions of families in low-and-middle income countries did not receive any child and family-specific financial support from their governments to face the COVID-19 pandemic, says Save the Children.

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Deadly sea crossings from Lebanon to Cyprus surge as economic crisis pushes thousands more children into poverty

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:51:49 +0000

Countries: Cyprus, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Save the Children

Two months since the explosion ripped through the capital Beirut, Save the Children's teams have recorded a 574% increase in requests for shelter and financial support among Lebanese communities.

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Nearly five million children need help to survive in Nigeria, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, warns Save the Children

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:48:38 +0000

Countries: Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria
Source: Save the Children

“The region is now on the brink of a hunger crisis. Without life-saving treatment, many thousands could die from completely preventable and treatable causes," says Mateo Caprotti.

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One million swamped by deadly floods as Viet Nam faces another major storm

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 05:23:25 +0000

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

Red Cross holds grave fears that deadly floods will worsen as tropical storm Nangka makes landfall today, bringing destructive winds and dumping more rain on hard hit communities.

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World: WMO urges switch from early warning to early action to save vulnerable populations

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:42:34 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Meteorological Organization

The 2020 State of Climate Services report contains 16 different case studies on successful early warning systems for hazards including tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, heatwaves and sand storms.

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World: A year of crisis slows progress towards hunger eradication

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:08:01 +0000

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Countries: Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Niger, Tajikistan, Uganda, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Sources: Concern Worldwide, Welthungerhilfe

Global hunger has fallen since the 2000s, but progress is too slow. The report highlights 11 countries in which hunger is confirmed, or provisionally considered ‘alarming’ levels, an increase of seven.

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WFP expands its work to support additional 33,500 vulnerable people in southern Iraq

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:26:05 +0000

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Country: Iraq
Source: World Food Programme

One year after re-opening of its Basra office, WFP has set up new projects to create work opportunities to lessen socio-economic effects of COVID-19 crisis alongside existing school feeding programs.

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World: Child marriage, pregnancies soar during pandemic

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 05:32:02 +0000

Country: World
Source: Human Rights Watch

National COVID-19 response plans should make preventing child marriage and ensuring that girls, married or not, have access to reproductive health services, including to contraceptives, key priorities.

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World: PAHO and IOM sign agreement to improve the health of 70 million migrants in the Americas

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 20:41:14 +0000

Country: World
Sources: International Organization for Migration, Pan American Health Organization

The understanding will focus on increasing and scaling-up interventions that address barriers to health care and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on migrant populations.

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World: COVID-19 inducing ‘widespread despair’ among refugees, UNHCR appeals for urgent support for mental health

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 08:15:33 +0000

Countries: Lebanon, Uganda, World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Alarmingly, some field reports have pointed to a rise in suicide attempts since the onset of the pandemic, including among those living in protracted situations of displacement.

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Greece: A month after Moria fires, UNHCR warns of worsening conditions ahead of winter

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:44:31 +0000

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

The onset of winter will bring more hardship for the people. There are critical gaps in drainage, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services that need to be addressed without delay.

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World: Immediate action required to address needs and vulnerabilities of 2.75 million stranded migrants

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 09:35:39 +0000

Country: World
Source: International Organization for Migration

Effective international cooperation is urgently needed to address the circumstances of millions of migrants stranded worldwide due to mobility restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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