Massive flooding in Kenya has uprooted more than 78,000 Somali refugees. The UN will begin airlifting critical supplies to the stranded refugees over the weekend. The UN hopes to deliver emergency health kits, fuel, and 25,000 tarpaulins for constructing shelters.
The Sudanese Government has agreed to allow UN peacekeepers into Darfur, pending clarification of the size of the force. At least 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Darfur as a result of conflict between Government forces, allied militia and rebels seeking greater autonomy.
Following the shooting deaths of two Jordanian United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti on November 10th, Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, the Security Council President for November, read a statement earlier this week articulating the councilâ€™s continuing commitment to the U.N. Mission of Stabilization in that country. With municipal and local elections forthcoming on December 3rd, the Security Council announced its expectations for a peaceful election as well as its hope for ongoing progress in the security and human rights situation in Haiti.
A UN-backed polio immunization drive is now underway in Iraq after a one-week delay due to security concerns. The goal is to immunize every child under five. This is Iraq’s second polio campaign this year. Iraq is currently polio-free, but a recent global resurgence of the virus has brought a renewed threat to the region. See http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=20610&Cr=iraq&Cr1=