Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Humanitarian Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Reaches Breaking Point as Funding Gap Remains Enormous

In total, 13.1 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance throughout the country in 2018

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated dramatically over the past year due to a massive escalation of conflict and widespread insecurity. Extreme violence has spread to areas typically considered stable, such as the provinces of Kasai and Tanganyika. The situation has been recently…

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

Somalia: US$1.6 billion urgently needed to save and protect 5.4 million lives from unprecedented drought

Food security needs have nearly doubled the fiveyear average, with an estimated 2,444,000 people in crisis and 866,000 in emergency

The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million Somalis, was launched today by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq. In his remarks, De Clercq said: “Working together with the Somali authorities and with historical levels of support…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

South Sudan Communities Receiving Regular Aid in Previously Inaccessible Areas

Due to restricted access and constraints on livelihoods, food insecurity and malnutrition in Baggari are among the highest in all of South Sudan

For over a month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been able to provide consistent primary health care in Greater Baggari, South Sudan, which is an area south of Wau town that had been cut off from assistance for over a year. Improved access in recent months has enabled…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Central African Republic: Violence Fuels “Neglected Humanitarian Tragedy,” with Half of Population in Need of Aid

One in five people from the Central African Republic have been forced from their homes by escalating violence, the highest level of displacement since the crisis erupted in 2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns that humanitarian conditions in the Central African Republic (CAR) are rapidly deteriorating, with half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. One in five people from the CAR have been forced from their homes by escalating violence, the highest level…

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

Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert

Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. “This dangerous cyclone puts at risk hundreds of lives in Mauritius and La Réunion. Our teams…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Joint statement of the African Union and the United Nations on the situation in South Sudan

Joint statement of the African Union and the United Nations on the situation in South Sudan: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, strongly condemn the recent violations of the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities,…

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

Step by Step, UN Action Plan for Successful Transition Takes Hold in Libya

UNSMIL has secured the needed financial support and provided the required technical assistance to the High National Election Commission (HNEC) to prepare for elections in 2018

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Libya on 10 January to discuss with Libyan leaders the implementation of the United Nations Action Plan for the country and ways to bolster international support for Libya. Today we look, along with our colleagues in the United Nations Support Mission in…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

UNICEF and Save the Children call for action to help children affected by mass IDP (Internally displaced persons) settlement evictions in Mogadishu, Somalia

The forced evictions have impacted more than 3000 school children

The recent unannounced destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Mogadishu, together with the forced evictions of thousands of families living there, are having devastating effects on children, UNICEF and Save the Children said today. More than 4000 families lost their property and many lost their livelihoods, during…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

World Health Organization supports the immunization of 1 million people against cholera in Zambia

Since the start of the current outbreak on 4 October 2017, the Ministry of Health reports that there have been a total of 2,672 cases, with Lusaka alone accounting for 2,558 cases

The Government of Zambia has launched a campaign on Wednesday (January 10) to vaccinate residents of Lusaka against cholera with support from the World Health Organization and partners. Two million doses of the oral cholera vaccine from the Gavi-funded global stockpile were delivered to the southern African country in January,…

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

Launch of the 2018 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan

Food security needs are nearly double the five-year average, with an estimated 2,444,000 people in Crisis (IPC Phase3) and 866,000 in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) throughout Somalia

What: Launch of the 2018 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan Who: 1) Peter de Clercq, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia          2) Representative of Federal Government of Somalia  When: Wednesday, 17 January 2018, from 10:00 to 11:30AM Where: Mogadishu, MIA AMISOM VIP conference room;        …