More Than 100 Boko Haram, Captives Surrender Along Cameroon-Nigeria Border

MAROUA, CAMEROON – More than 100 Boko Haram and their captives, almost all Nigerians, have fled the group in the past two weeks, according to the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting the Islamist militants. Thirty-four-year-old Nigerian Kharim Kalga is among 109 people who have surrendered to the task force since late July. Kalga said he has not seen his two wives and five children in the two years since he joined the Islamist militant group because they kept him captive. He said he was living in poverty when Boko Haram…

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Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 Monthly Funding Update – 31 July 2020

The requirements for the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2020 reached $39.76 billion for 63 countries by the end of July. This is a significant increase from the $28.8 billion published on 4 December 2019. The increase is due to various updates and changes during the first six months of the year, and the Global Response Plan for COVID-19 (GHRP) published on 25 March and updated on 7 May and again on 17 July. The change in requirements since last month is due to the addition of COVID-19 requirements under the…

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IOM, UNHCR Mourn Death of 27 People off West African Coast

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are deeply saddened at the tragic death of 27 people off the West African coast between the Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou and Dakhla, Western Sahara. A lone survivor has been brought to the city of Nouadhibou following a rescue operation by the Mauritanian coastguard on Thursday. IOM, UNHCR and partners are providing humanitarian assistance such as medical and psychological support. “Despite COVID 19 mobility restrictions, migrants are still compelled to undertake risky journeys”, says IOM Mauritania Chief of…

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COVID-19 Disease Response | Situation Report 26 | 25 July – 07 August 2020

-18,614,177 Confirmed cases in more than 200 countries, territories or areas -702,642 Deaths -80,884 Restrictions on mobility have been adopted by 219 countries, territories or areas -1,372 IOM movements cancelled -$206M Received by IOM for its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for Coronavirus 2019 Since it was initially reported on 31 December 2019, the disease known as COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the globe, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 7 August, close to 18.6 million confirmed cases…

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Global Weather Hazards Summary: August 7 – 13, 2020

Africa Weather Hazards 1. Desert locust swarms remain present across parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda. Swarms are projected to move through Kenya, Sudan, and into South Sudan. 2. Below-average rainfall over parts of Kenya, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana has drastically increased the moisture deficit in the region causing in abnormally dryness. 3. Heavy rainfall in July led to flooding in the Niger River basin and parts of Mali. 4. Heavy rainfall over the past two weeks triggered flooding across parts of Yemen. Heavy rainfall forecast next week…

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report – 200 (7 August 2020)

As the continent nears one million cases, WHO is increasing COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa. Altogether more than 40 public health experts are expected to provide surge support, working with national and provincial counterparts on key areas of the response. The Pan-American Health Organization/WHO Regional Office for the Americas/has drawn upon the Strategic Fund for Public Health Supplies to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 diagnostic kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other essential health supplies to countries throughout the region. Thus far, over 10 million PCR diagnostic…

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