News in Brief 27 August 2015 (PM)

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Concern over thousands fleeing violence in CAR

Concern has been expressed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) over the thousands of people fleeing their homes in Bambari, a town in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Kouassi Lazare Etien, the UNHCR representative in the country, said he was particularly worried about Sudanese refugees who are trapped in a camp near Bambari and are at a "high risk of attacks."

The latest clashes between rival militia forces erupted on 20 August and have resulted in rising numbers of displaced people.

About 3,000 are being sheltered inside the compound of the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA.

Before this eruption, mediation and reconciliation initiatives between communities have enabled more than 8,000 people to return since last May.

Humanitarian appeal to help displaced in Chad

A call to ramp up financial support to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Chad has been made by the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel region.

Toby Lanzer wrapped up a four-day visit to the country with a plea for more aid especially for the Lake Chad region, where communities have experienced "unspeakable atrocities and violence".

In the last weeks alone, the volatile security situation has forced over 41,000 people to flee their homes, leaving many without sufficient food, water and shelter.

Chad has some 2.4 million people who are impacted by food insecurity and is host to 750,000 displaced persons and refugees.

Maternal and neonatal tetanus eradicated in India

Maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated in India through steps supported by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.

A mix of cash incentives to deliver babies in health facilities, training for skilled birth attendants and vaccinations of pregnant women against the infection played a key role in eliminating the disease.

In 1988, tetanus killed as many as 160,000 young children in India.

The disease remains prevalent in 22 countries.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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