News in the Humanosphere: U.N. launches $120 million appeal for Haiti

Survivors in Port Salut, Haiti. (Credit: Vincent DeGennaro, Innovating Health International)

The U.N. humanitarian agency in Geneva made an emergency appeal Monday for nearly $120 million in aid, saying about 750,000 people in southwest Haiti alone will need “life-saving assistance and protection” in the next three months. U.N. officials said earlier that at least 1.4 million people across the region need assistance and that 2.1 million overall have been affected by the hurricane. Some 175,000 people remain in shelters. Electricity was still out, water and food were scarce, and officials said young men in villages along the road between the hard-hit cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie were building blockades of rocks and broken branches to halt relief convoys. A convoy of food, water and medicine was attacked by gunmen in a remote valley where there had been a mudslide, said Frednel Kedler, coordinator for the Civil Protection Agency in the Grand-Anse Department, which includes Jeremie. (NYT http://nyti.ms/2dSxNKr)

More student protests in South Africa…Hundreds of students demanding free education have clashed with police in renewed violence at South Africa’s top university in Johannesburg after it attempted to reopen following recent unrest. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannon on Monday to disperse stone-throwing protesters at Witwatersrand University, also known as Wits. Blade Nzimande, the country’s education minister, appealed for dialogue and condemned the violence, saying the university’s efforts to run its academic programme were being “held at ransom by irresponsible and disrespectful striking students.” (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2dSxsYs)

By hook or by crook (or by crane)…Jordan is willing to allow regular aid drops by crane from its territory to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on its sealed desert border, the government spokesman said on Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dSw1cb)

Africa

Ethiopia accused “elements” in Eritrea, Egypt and elsewhere on Monday of being behind a wave of violent protests over land grabs and human rights that have prompted the government to declare a state of emergency in the Horn of Africa nation. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2dfBwAV)

At least 10 people were killed in clashes between the army and suspected Ugandan rebels in east Democratic Republic of the Congo, a local activist said Monday, in an area that has suffered a string of massacres since 2014. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2dS6Oi1)

Rebels attacked trucks carrying civilians in South Sudan, killing 21 people, the government said, as violence between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president risks dragging the country back into civil war. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2ekpDv2)

A senior official of Mozambique’s Renamo opposition party was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a Maputo beach, Renamo’s national spokesperson was quoted as saying, potentially blocking progress in its talks with the government. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2drvY3D)

Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world’s largest refugee camp to return to Somalia, said the Norwegian Refugee Council. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2dEH5cs)

An opposition leader in Democratic Republic of the Congo was arrested for his role in anti-government demonstrations last month in which more than 50 people died, the government and his party said on Monday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2e0Frz3)

Burundi’s government banned three U.N. investigators from its territory on Monday, deepening a row between the east African country and the international community over recurring political violence. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2e1dFr9)

Activists in Kenya fear routine violence against homeless youths in Eldoret is turning into deliberate policy of killing them. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2dSvZ47)

Student protesters at South Africa’s prestigious Wits University forced their way into lecture halls and caused many lessons to be abandoned on Monday, ratcheting up pressure in a dispute over tuition fees. (AFP http://bit.ly/2eknEah)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised cash and military vehicles on Monday to help Niger fight human traffickers and militant Islamists, trying to bolster a country that is a key staging post for migrants trying to reach Europe. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2e1c3xG)

MENA

A U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen came under attack Sunday night in the Red Sea, with two missiles fired at it in the same region where an Emirati-leased vessel was badly damaged by rocket fire last week. (WaPo http://wapo.st/2dSwBa0)

Doctors Without Borders pleaded on Monday for access to treat the wounded in the rebel-held part of Syria’s Aleppo as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive that has killed hundreds of people in recent weeks. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dr8T1f)

Jordan said Monday it will allow aid deliveries to tens of thousands of refugees on its border with Syria, which has been closed since a deadly attack on soldiers in June. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2d8bwUz)

France is working to find a way for the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to launch an investigation into war crimes it says have been committed by Syrian and Russian forces in eastern Aleppo, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2dEGHed)

Asia

A Cambodian court on Monday sentenced an opposition lawmaker who has been a strong critic of the government’s handling of demarcating the border with neighboring Vietnam to 2.5 years in prison for online postings he made. (AP http://yhoo.it/2e0CMoT)

Winter is coming in North Korea, where nearly 600,000 people are in need of urgent assistance due to recent severe flooding. (VOA http://bit.ly/2dr9xf2)

Myanmar has stepped up security in a Muslim-majority region near its border with Bangladesh, officials said on Monday, as authorities hunt for attackers who killed at least nine police officers. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2d7Nr07)

A country’s domestic law should not supersede international law on anti-terrorism cooperation, China said on Monday, after the U.S. Congress last month approved a bill that allows relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2eknFL9)

Zika infections are expected to continue rising in the Asia-Pacific region, where authorities are increasing surveillance, preparing responses to complications and collaborating on information about the disease, the World Health Organization said Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/2dPjtk0)

As rising sea levels threaten to engulf homes along the shores of India’s Tamil Nadu state, locals fear the erosion of the coastline is due to the illegal sand trade. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2d8blbV)

Anxious to quell anti-India protests in Kashmir, Indian forces are carrying out their most severe crackdown in more than two decades against civilian protesters, arresting more than 8,000 this summer across the disputed Himalayan territory, police said Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/2drvg6x)

Cambodian land rights protesters clashed with city security guards on Monday as demonstrators in the capital Phnom Penh called on the government to end forced evictions. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2dEG1VZ)

Some drug users seeking to avoid becoming a bloody statistic in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on narcotics are going into a rehabilitation program that teaches them how to make coffins. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2e4xOZx)

The Americas

Colombia’s government and second-biggest rebel group will on Monday announce the start of peace talks, sources said, in what would be a boost for President Juan Manuel Santos after the rejection of his deal with the larger FARC guerrilla group. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2e1dlbU)

Floodwaters left hundreds of people stranded in their homes and on rooftops in North Carolina early on Monday, and officials warned life-threatening flooding from swollen rivers would continue for days after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southeastern United States. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2dEHVWJ)

…and the rest

Britain has a “moral duty” to let hundreds of migrant children join their relatives across the Channel, France said Monday, days before the notorious “Jungle” camp in Calais is due to be bulldozed. (AFP http://yhoo.it/2drvcnq)

A Syrian refugee arrested in Germany on Monday was ready to strike imminently with attacks similar to those in Brussels and Paris, and the suspect was probably inspired by the Islamic State militant group, investigators said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/2drvPx9)

Opinion/Blogs

With a New Investigation in the Works, Can the ICC Improve its Reputation in Africa? (UN Dispatch http://buff.ly/2ekVSKE)

Egypt boat disaster shines light on new migration trend (IRIN http://bit.ly/2dr9AY5)

‘Because You’d Be in Jail’ (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2e0Fbjm)

What made Hurricane Matthew so unique? (CNN http://cnn.it/2dfAIvR)

Why Parents Don’t Get Their Children Vaccinated For The Flu (NPR http://n.pr/2dPj94L)

Book Review: Failing in the Field – Karlan and Appel on what we can learn from things going wrong (Development Impact http://buff.ly/2ekU2cy)

Business and INGO partnerships: Are we on the same planet? (Devex http://buff.ly/2ekVb47)

Where Are They Now? Our #15Girls, A Year Later (Goats and Soda http://buff.ly/2d8guAS)

Sudan and chemical weapons – a serial offender? (IRIN http://buff.ly/2e1hnkG)

My people them dey stay for poor surroundings (Africa is a Country http://buff.ly/2dSzzeQ)

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