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Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Attacks increasingly targeting displaced people in northeast Nigeria

190 security incidents involving civilians were reported in July in northeast Nigeria

Dozens of people where killed yesterday when multiple suicide bombers detonated devises outside a camp sheltering displaced people in Borno State. Attacks on civilians sheltering in displacement sites are on the rise, worsening an already dire situation for people on the brink of famine in northeast Nigeria. “Camps like the…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

World Humanitarian Day: Stand together event

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian organizations in Juba will stand together on Friday 18 August at 2:30 p.m. to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to the aid workers who help them

WHO: Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for South Sudan and humanitarian community   WHAT: Stand together event  WHEN: Friday, 18 August 2016 at 2:30 p.m.  WHERE: UN OCHA (near Seventh-day Adventist Church and Munuki/Gudele roundabout) Juba, South Sudan  On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian organizations in Juba will stand…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Angola: UNHCR starts relocating Congolese refugees from border sites

Nearly 1,500 refugees have been relocated from the Mussunge reception centre to the new site since Tuesday (August 8) in arranged transport

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners have begun relocating over 33,000 Congolese refugees from over-crowded reception centers in northern Angola to a newly established settlement in Lóvua – some 100 km further inland from the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.    Nearly 1,500 refugees have been…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Red Cross searching for survivors

Current estimates indicate that as many as 3,000 have been made homeless, although this figure is expected to rise as the picture becomes clearer

Red Cross volunteers are digging for survivors and supporting distraught families in the wake of heavy flooding and mudslides that have ripped through Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Current estimates indicate that as many as 3,000 have been made homeless, although this figure is expected to rise as the picture becomes…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria Expresses Grave Concern over Unauthorized Search by Security Forces of Humanitarian Base in Northeast

The United Nations does not have any information at this time regarding the reason or motivations for the unauthorized search

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern over the unauthorized search of a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, Borno State.   At circa 05:00 hours today (August 11, 2017), members of the Nigerian security forces entered the UN base for humanitarian workers in…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support

Pastoralist communities are facing huge losses of livestock

Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, warned today the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Drought has devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Special Representative Ghassan Salame visits Benghazi, its destroyed university, praises the city for its steadfastness

Landing at Banina Airport, the SRSG, welcomed by Benghazi’s Mayor Abdulrahman Abbar, praised the steadfastness of the city in their fight against terrorism

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame arrived in Benghazi today as part of his ongoing efforts to engage Libyans everywhere on how best to move the political process forward and bring peace to the country. Landing at…

Source: International Office of Migration (IOM) |

160 Ethiopian Migrants Forced into the Seas off Yemen by Smugglers Today, Following Death of Up to 50 Yesterday

Every year, thousands of migrants risk their lives on this life-threatening route towards the Gulf countries through Yemen, a country in crisis

160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the sea off Yemen’s coast this morning (10/08). This comes one day after the presumed death of 50 Ethiopian and Somali migrants during a similar incident. As with yesterday, this tragedy took place off the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Nigeria: “People are dying of hepatitis E because they don’t have soap or clean water”

There have been more than 400 cases of hepatitis E in the past two months and we have treated 170 patients at our hospital, so it’s no surprise that an outbreak of hepatitis E has been declared

Hundreds of people in a camp in northeastern Nigeria have been infected with hepatitis E after the disease spread from neighbouring Niger. The highly contagious disease has spread quickly through Ngala camp due to a combination of poor living conditions and flooding. MSF medical coordinator Nicoletta Bellio describes the situation…