Archive for November 18th, 2020

18/11/2020

Reversing the Rohingya Crisis: One Woman at a Time

Human Wrongs Watch

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NEW YORK, Nov 16 2020 (IPS)* – “This is a crisis without a quick fix that could take years to resolve unless there are concerted efforts to address its root causes”, says Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes.

Reversing-the-Rohingya_Female Training at centers. Credit: Bidyanondo Foundation

The Rohingya refugee crisis is among the largest and fastest-growing displacement of people in recent history. Since August 2017, close to a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh. The Rohingyas are “one of, if not the most discriminated people in the world” said the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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18/11/2020

Pace of Ethiopian Refugee Arrivals in Sudan Unseen in the Last Two Decades

Sudan. Thousands flee fighting in Ethiopia to seek safety

Ethiopian refugees cross the border into Hamdayet, Sudan, leaving the Tekeze River in the background.  © UNHCR/Hazim Elhag

Women, men and children have been crossing the border at the rate of 4,000 per day since 10 November, rapidly overwhelming the humanitarian response capacity on the ground.

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18/11/2020

Back-to-Back Tropical Cyclones Cause Massive Destruction, Impact Millions of People in Central America and Parts of Southeast Asia

17 November 2020 (WMO)* —  Back-to-back tropical cyclones have caused massive destruction and impacted millions of people in Central America and parts of Southeast Asia, underlining once again the threats posed by tropical cyclones to life and property and socio-economic well-being and the need for the global level coordination and cooperation under the umbrella of WMO.
18/11/2020

New Fund to Take on the Centuries-Old Crisis Centred around Sanitation, Hygiene and Menstrual Health, Impacting over Four Billion People Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*A UN-backed fund, launched on Tuesday [17 November 2020 ], is set to take on the centuries-old crisis centred around sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health, which now impacts more than four billion people across the world.

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© UNICEF/Antoine Raab | Children at a school in Cambodia wash their hands using a water facility provided by UNICEF.
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Speaking, via a video message, at the launch of the Fund, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed described safe sanitation and hygiene as “critical to the response that we want to see, first, because it is about human dignity; second, it is a health issue.”
18/11/2020

UN: $100 Million Emergency Funding to Guard against Famine in Countries Most at Risk from a Hunger Epidemic Fueled by Conflict, Economic Decline, Climate Change and COVID-19

(UN News)* — The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday [17 November 2020] to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNICEF | A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition at a treatment centre in a hospital in Sana’a. (file)
Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said $80 million would be split between Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, which would get the biggest tranche of $30 million. A further $20 million had been set aside for Ethiopia, where droughts could worsen an already fragile situation.

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