World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Central Africa Republic: UN Assists Children in Conflict

Central Africa Republic: UN Scales Up Efforts Assist Children Impacted By Conflict

New York, Feb 4 2014 - Amid continued fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners are setting up temporary classrooms for more than 20,000 children in the capital, Bangui, and in the north-west of the country, with more on the way.

“Many schools had been destroyed, and in times of conflict children really needed some form of normality in their lives,” spokesperson Patrick McCormick said in a briefing in Geneva.

Being back in class gave children a “sense of a return to normalcy, stability, and hope for the future”, he added, while the UN agency works with the Government to get permanent schools functioning again.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who spent four days in January, has said that children in the CAR are in desperate need of protection and support.

“They are under assault and being killed in brutal, senseless communal violence, and there is an almost total absence of protection for children,” Mr. Lake told a meeting of the agency’s Board today. “For the sake of the children, for the sake of the whole country, we all must urgently scale up our work there.”

The Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response at the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Richard Brennan, is currently in CAR to see first-hand the crisis and assess the agency’s needs there. The risk of trauma and infections are usually the most serious issues in a conflict situation, said spokesperson Glenn Thomas.

Meanwhile, food stocks in Bangui are running very low with enough supplies to feed people for just a few more days, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said.

Only 120 tonnes of cereals remain in WFP’s stocks in Bangui on 30 January and are estimated to last about one week. A convoy of 43 trucks carrying nearly 1,200 metric tons of cereals has been stuck at the border with Cameroon for the past three weeks, blocked by insecure roads and a lack of customs officer, Elisabeth Byrs told the journalists.

An armed escort from the African Mission for Central Africa (MISCA) is expected to reach the town of Garoua-Boulai on the Cameroonian side of the border to assist the trucks, and be back in Bangui by Friday.

WFP is also preparing to start airlifting food via a Boeing 747 from Douala, Cameroon, but given the substantial increase in costs, the plan is a “last-resort measure”, Ms. Byrs said.

The price of transporting the estimated 2,000 metric tons of mostly rice by air would be $2 million, roughly five times more expensive than transportation by road, she added.

The humanitarian response for CAR is already underfunded. Donors have pledged just $60 million, or 11 per cent, of the $551 million the UN and its humanitarian partners requested to provide relief and protection to 1.9 million people across the country over the next three months, said spokesperson Jens Laerke for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The crisis in the CAR – which began when the mostly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago – has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones, with violence displacing more than 825,000 people.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

ANZAC Commemorations - Scoop Team Coverage

Nepal Quake Response : NZ USAR team stood down

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says that the New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue team due to leave for Nepal overnight has been stood down. "“Our USAR team has been on stand-by since Sunday and was due to head to Nepal last night. Prior to their departure, the Nepalese Government informed us that they had enough USAR capability in-country and our team was no longer required." More >>

Earlier: NZ Govt. NZ USAR team to Nepal & Fire Service - USAR team leaves tonight for Kathmandu (Image Red Cross twitter)

 

West Papua: “Lest We Forget”

AS Anzac approaches and Australians and New Zealanders remember those who fought and lost their lives on Anzac Day, it is hoped we will also remember the unfree people of the Pacific region and in particular those who are still suffering from human ... More>>

Iran: 81 Executions In One Week

Coincident with mass executions in the prisons of Ghezel-Hessar, Karaj and other cities, the anti-human regime of mullahs sent 16 other prisoners to the gallows in Mashhad and Birjand (northeastern Iran). Twelve of them were hanged collectively ... More>>

Al-Shabaab: Four Unicef Staff Killed In Somalia

Four UNICEF staff members have been killed in an attack on their vehicle in Garowe, Somalia. Four other UNICEF colleagues are in a serious condition. The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest ... More>>

UN: Suicide Attack In Jalalabad Condemned

NEW YORK/KABUL/GENEVA (18April 2015) – “I strongly condemn the brutal suicide attack that coincided with my visit to Jalalabad today,” said United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović during his visit to Afghanistan. ... More>>

Save The Children: STC Urges EU Leaders To Act To Prevent More Mass Drownings

Save the Children Urges EU Leaders to Act to Prevent More Mass Drownings at Sea. More>>

ALSO:

Japan: Independent Experts Slam Japan’s New Whaling Plan

Independent experts slam Japan’s new whaling plan and declare no more whales need to be killed for Antarctic research More>>

Gaza Strip: Attacks In The Border Areas

Following disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, Israel unilaterally and illegally established a so-called “buffer zone”, an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip. The precise area designated by ... More>>

Australian Government: Iraq Deployment: Joint Press Conference, Canberra

Back in March, the Government announced that we were preparing a force for a Building Partner Capacity training mission in Iraq. I can inform you that today the Cabinet has decided to deploy that force. The deployment will start tomorrow and we expect ... More>>

UNHRC: UN Committee Against Torture To Review New Zealand

UN Committee against torture to review New Zealand, Congo, Romania, Luxembourg, Spain, Serbia, Colombia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia More>>

UNHRC: Nigeria: One Year On, Call To Bring Back Abducted Children

Nigeria: One year on, UN and African experts call for decisive steps to bring back abducted children More>>

EU & US Let Iran Win Top Seat On UN Women’s Rights Board

EU & US Allowed Iran to Win Top Seat on UN Women’s Rights Board, Rights Group Says More>>

Peaceful Tree Planting Attacked By Zionist Settlers/soldiers

Peaceful tree planting attacked by zionist settlers and soldiers, two Palestinians hospitalised and a German activist arrested. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news