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UN humanitarian chief pledges support for Nigeria

The conflict in the Lake Chad basin has taken a heavy toll on communities across border areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, putting more than 10 million people at risk

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Martin Griffiths, concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria yesterday. The UN humanitarian chief travelled to the country to see first-hand the humanitarian situation and response in the north-east, and to raise international awareness about the deteriorating humanitarian situation and bring…

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia, Tonga

A measles vaccination campaign launched in the first week of January continues reaching more than 145,000 children to date, out of nearly 800,000 in need

Ethiopia The UN and its non-governmental organization partners are having to reduce, postpone or cancel critical distributions of assistance, including food, medicine, and nutrition interventions in Tigray. This is because the transport of humanitarian supplies into Tigray, via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle corridor, remains suspended since 14 December, 2021 due to ongoing…

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UN Agencies Denounce Attacks on UN Operations During Darfur Visit

A significant increase in insecurity across the region has been observed, posing a threat to aid operations and puts already vulnerable communities at risk of not getting the support they need

During a visit to El Fasher, the state capital of North Darfur, 16 to 17 January, UN officials from UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and OCHA denounced the attacks on UN operations that occurred over the last few weeks. These acts of violence constitute a direct attack on the most vulnerable people…

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Africa’s fourth COVID wave flattens out after six-week surge

So far, 30 African countries - and at least 142 worldwide - have detected the Omicron variant while the Delta variant has been reported in 42 African nations

After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth pandemic wave, which has been mainly driven by the Omicron variant, is flattening, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. WHO said that this marked the shortest surge since the pandemic began on the continent, where total cases have exceeded 10.2 million. Recorded cases…

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UN releases US$150 million for underfunded humanitarian crises

The CERF funding will support relief operations in the Syrian Arab Republic ($25 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($23 million), the Republic of the Sudan ($20 million) and Myanmar ($12 million)

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, released US$150 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. The announcement on 13 January follows the recent launch of the Global…

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 January 2022

In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route

Ethiopia: OCHA says that the situation in the northern part of the country remains unpredictable and volatile.   In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, with tensions restricting the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route (Semera-Abala-Mekelle). No trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have been able to enter Tigray…

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Sudan

WFP has announced that activities in North Darfur will be suspended until further notice

Sudan The UN is concerned at the looting of three World Food Programme (WFP) warehouses in El Fashar, North Darfur. Over the course of several days starting 28 December, three WFP warehouses have been looted by armed perpetrators joined by some element of the local population.  The three warehouses contained…

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Humanitarian Coordinator condemns looting of WFP food supplies in north Darfur

This was food assistance meant for Sudan’s most vulnerable people

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mrs. Khardiata Lo NDIAYE, condemns the looting of food supplies from a World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in El Fasher, North Darfur. On the evening of 28 December, the premises came under attack from unknown armed groups. This incident follows the looting and reported violence…

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Statement by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, on the situation in Bossaso, Puntland State

Some 40 per cent of 70,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) hosted in Bossaso town are also reported to have experienced secondary displacement

I am extremely concerned about the impact of ongoing hostilities in Bossaso, Puntland State, on civilians. With the fighting in Bossaso town continuing into a third consecutive day, more than half of the city’s population has reportedly been displaced from their homes. According to humanitarian partners and local authorities, some…

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Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in South Sudan condemns the murder of a humanitarian worker during an armed attack on a UN convoy

Armed men attacked the convoy of five amphibious vehicles between Tindiir and Duk Padiet in Jonglei State, spraying the vehicles with bullets

The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) in South Sudan, Mr. Matthew Hollingworth, strongly condemns the targeted attack on a UN World Food Programme convoy, and the murder of a UN-contracted aid worker and injury of another. He calls on the perpetrators to respect international law and humanitarian staff and assets,…