Archive for July 5th, 2019

05/07/2019

Costa Rican Schools Open Their Doors to Displaced Nicaraguan Children

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jean Pierre Mora in Upala, Costa Rica*

Thanks to the generosity of border towns in Costa Rica, thousands of Nicaraguan children fleeing social and political crisis at home have been able to go back to class.

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Nicaraguan and Costa Rican schoolgirls in a group hug during recess at a school in Upala, Costa Rica. © UNHCR/Flavia Sanchez

05/07/2019

Heavy Monsoon Rains Drench Rohingya Sites in Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. |  Español

Bangladesh. Families relocated after first major rainfall of 2019 monsoon seasonRohingya refugees rebuild walkways and riverbanks at Chakmarkul settlement in Cox’s Bazar, after three days of continuous rain that caused flooding, landslides and damage.   © UNHCR/Kamrul Hasan

5 July 2019 (UNHCR)* — Three days of continuous rain in Bangladesh have destroyed 273 shelters and injured 11 people in the Cox’s Bazar settlements where more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees live.

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05/07/2019

Extreme Levels of Hunger in South Sudan as Country Marks Eight Years of Independence

3 July 2019  (Norwegian Refugee Council)*The people of South Sudan are bracing themselves for what could be another catastrophic food crisis with almost seven million people facing extreme levels of hunger.
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Duom Deng Biar is part of a farmers group in Twic East in Jonglei, South Sudan, where a poor harvest has led to widespread hunger. Photo: NRC/Tiril Skarstein
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As the country prepares to mark eight years of independence next week, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is calling on all parties to the conflict to make the most out of the extension to the peace agreement and work towards ending the country´s disturbing cycle of hunger and conflict.
05/07/2019

Kenyan Universities Aim to Be “Greenest in the World”

3 July 2019 (UN Environment)*In Kenya, over 70 universities are being called on by the UN Environment Programme and the Kenyan Government to work together and transform their campuses to be the “greenest in the world”. This comes as Strathmore University in Nairobi has put in place one of the greenest campuses in Africa and is offering its support to other Kenyan universities.
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Photo by Strathmore University Kenya/Wikimedia Commons

“Universities across Africa can run on the power of the sun and set new standards for sustainability,” says Professor da Silva of Strathmore University.

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05/07/2019

Conflicts and Dry Weather, Primary Causes of High Levels of Severe Food Insecurity, Hampering Food Availability and Access for Millions of People

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41 countries in need of food assistance – African Swine Fever threatening food security of a large number of people

Photo: ©FAO//Stefanie Glinski / FAO

In South Sudan, the number of severely food insecure people was estimated at almost 7 million, 60 percent of the population, as of May-July 2019. Women weeding a field in Torit, South Sudan.

ROME (FAO)*Ongoing conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued on 4 July 2019.

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05/07/2019

New Spike in Displacement in Eastern DR Congo Further Complicates Ebola Response, Requires Urgent Relocation

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Kinshasa, 5 July 2019 (IOM)*  – Renewed violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) region that is struggling to contain the on-going Ebola outbreak, has claimed the lives of at least 160 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others, further complicating the response to the public health emergency. 

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Thousands of people are displaced in an overcrowed displacement site near Bunia’s General Hospital in Ituri province. Photo: IOM/Ernesto Bafile

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05/07/2019

More than 80 People Are Feared Drowned Following a Boat Disaster Off Tunisia – UN Refugees Calls for End to Detention in Libya

Spain. Mediterranean SeaThe Mediterranean sea.  © UNHCR/Markel Redondo

Two remaining survivors are receiving assistance at our shelter in Tunisia’s Zarzis, while another remains in hospital receiving treatment. “The status quo cannot continue,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Mediterranean.

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05/07/2019

World Food Programme Scales-Up Food Assistance as Needs Rise in Gaza

EAST-JERUSALEM, 4 July 2019 (WFP)*  – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Palestine has expanded its operations to reach an additional 12,000 non-refugees in Gaza facing deep poverty and severe food insecurity. The increase, which has been supported by new donor contributions, comes in response to a worrying rise in humanitarian and food security needs in the enclave.
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WFP’s assistance is a lifeline for families in Gaza, where 39 percent of the people are food insecure. Photo: WFP/ Raphael du Boispean

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