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IOM, ECHO Develop Malakal Protection Site for South Sudanese Fleeing Conflict

South Sudan - Almost 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) have moved into a new UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, constructed by IOM and partners, and funded by the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO.)

In April, with the rainy season looming, ECHO and IOM raced to bring site preparation equipment to Malakal to improve shelter, security and access to water, sanitation and health services for more than 20,000 IDPs seeking protection in the existing Malakal PoC site.

International Organization for Migration:

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Tanzania Acts to Protect Trafficked Children

Tanzania - To facilitate an effective response to protecting, assisting and referring victims of trafficking, especially children, IOM Tanzania, in collaboration with Tanzania’s Anti-Trafficking Secretariat, is this week convening a stakeholders meeting to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs.)

The 3-day event, which began yesterday, is taking place today at the Stella Maris Hotel in Bagamoyo and attendees include Secretary of the Anti-Trafficking Committee from the Ministry of Home Affairs Seperatus Fella.

International Organization for Migration:

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Afghanistan Aid Distributions Reach 200 Families Displaced by North Waziristan Conflict

Afghanistan - IOM is continuing to respond to the needs of Afghan families displaced by the ongoing military operation in Pakistan’s North Waziristan.

On Sunday and Monday, aid distributions benefitting 200 vulnerable Afghan families were carried out in Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktika provinces.

Military operations in North Waziristan have resulted in the displacement of thousands of families living along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Most of the families have sought refuge from the fighting in the neighbouring Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktika.

International Organization for Migration:

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IOM Trains Labor Inspectors in Trinidad and Tobago to Detect Potential Victims of Human Trafficking

Trinidad and Tobago - IOM, in cooperation with Trinidad and Tobago’s Counter Trafficking Unit and the Ministry of Labor and Small and Micro Enterprise Development (MLSMED), is hosting a two-day counter trafficking workshop for labor inspectors ending today in the capital Port of Spain.

The event also targets other key ministry personnel, who as possible first responders, need to know the basic concepts of human trafficking, how to identify it and how respond.

International Organization for Migration:

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IOM Welcomes $1 Million Donation from Kuwait for Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

Iraq - IOM yesterday welcomed a US$1 million contribution from Kuwait to support its humanitarian work with thousands of people fleeing conflict in Iraq.

The donation is part of a US$10 million contribution to IOM, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNICEF, the Kuwait Red Crescent and the International Islamic Charity Organization to help the victims of the conflict in Iraq, where the latest upsurge in violence has affected some 1.5 million people.

International Organization for Migration:

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Deslizamiento activo combinado con actividad sísmica en Belén Gualcho Tomar medidas de prevención recomienda COPECO

Un estudio de microzonificación sísmica en Belén Gualcho, Ocotepeque, determinó hoy que la comunidad está ubicada en una zona vulnerable, producto de un deslizamiento activo combinado con actividad sísmica. La situación se complica en algunas colonias, porque las viviendas, sobre todo de adobe, representan un peligro, debido a que la inestabilidad al combinarse con las lluvias genera deslizamientos de laderas; ya hay evidencia de grietas en paredes y pisos de varios inmuebles.

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Qatar charity supporting voluntary return in Darfur

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Qatar Charity

QC’s projects in Sudan focus on facilitating voluntary return in Darfur, through raising awareness and providing stability and rehabilitation of the villages of the displaced, providing basic services through income-generating projects that rebuild social cohesion and harmony.

Qatar Charity's most recent effort included a farming project to bring back to cultivation 1500 acres of land that has directly benefited more than 1,400 people in Darfur.

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Boletín informativo no. 3682 - Eventos sísmicos de las últimas 48 horas

En las últimas 48 horas se reportan 11 eventos sísmicos con epicentro en Guatemala, así como en áreas fronterizas con El Salvador y México, movimientos telúricos con magnitudes entre los 2.6 a 4.7 en la escala de Richter, según información publicada por el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología –INSIVUMEH-.

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Se inicia primer congreso de cambio climático en Guatemala

Written by Ferdy Montepeque/AGN

Guatemala, 21 jul (AGN).- Durante el primer congreso sobre el cambio climático en Guatemala, el cual se inició hoy y finalizará el miércoles, se conocerán iniciativas para reducir la vulnerabilidad de este país centroamericano ante los fenómenos climáticos.

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Gobierno agiliza procesos para reconstrucción de viviendas afectadas por sismo en Guatemala

Guatemala, 21 jul (AGN).- Representantes de las unidades ejecutoras y proveedores de materiales e insumos se reunieron hoy en el Gabinete de Reconstrucción, coordinado por la vicepresidenta de Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, para agilizar los procesos de edificación de las viviendas afectadas en siete departamentos por el sismo del pasado 7 de julio, informó una fuente oficial.

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“Prioridad alta” en 64 municipios

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Redhum

Honduras, 21 de Julio 2014

Fuente: El Heraldo

Con un presupuesto de 400 millones de lempiras, un comité interinstitucional que será coordinado por la Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (Copeco) brindará asistencia humanitaria a unas 72 mil familias que serán afectadas por la sequía.

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Fistula survivors treated through M-Pesa mobile banking scheme in Tanzania

NEW YORK, United States – Mama Hadija, now in her 60s, had grown accustomed to living in shame. Over 25 years ago, in the rural town of Morogoro, Tanzania, Ms. Hadija experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. The ordeal caused her to develop an obstetric fistula, a form of internal damage that results in incontinence, stigma and isolation.

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Lebanon + 1 other
More money needed to help Lebanon educate Syrian refugees and vulnerable students

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World Bank

SUBMITTED BY NOAH YARROW ON WED, 07/16/2014

The teacher held up an index card, asking the students to identify the letter and its sound. Hands shot into the air as the teacher skillfully guided their recognition of the way the letter looked at the beginning, middle and end of a word, a particular characteristic of written Arabic.

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World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community

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Amnesty

The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a World Bank project in Lagos shows a complete disregard for its responsibilities, Amnesty International said today.

On Thursday evening, the Inspection Panel published its decision to halt the process to seek solutions for some of those made homeless in February 2013 when some 9,000 people were forcibly evicted from an informal settlement in the city’s Badia East community. This decision ends the panel’s involvement in this case.

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Community-Driven Attempts to Build Climate Change Resiliency

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World Bank

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  • Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the potential impacts of climate change.

  • The Community Climate Change Project (CCCP) is allocating funds on a competitive basis to nongovernmental organizations (NGO) which supports people even in “hard to reach” areas.

  • Awarded NGOs will implement community-driven interventions to build people’s resilience to climate change impacts.

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10 Human Rights Organizations in an Urgent Letter to Attorney General: Concerns Regarding Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the IDF's Operations in Gaza

Ten human rights organizations urgently contacted Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today following the release of reports on the nature of attacks within the Gaza Strip and the high rate of civilian casualties. This information raises concerns about grave violations of international humanitarian law.

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Community Participation Spurs Education in Balochistan

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eight of the ten least developed districts of Pakistan are located in Balochistan, a province which faces challenges related to stability, security and a dispersed population.

  • Only 47% of children 5-9 years old in Balochistan are enrolled in primary schools. The Balochistan Education Support Program through the Balochistan Education Foundation, supported by the World Bank, has been helping address this education emergency since 2006.

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Death toll of Palestinian children spirals as Israel expands Gaza offensive

Ramallah, July 21, 2014—The death toll of Palestinian children has spiraled since the launch of a ground invasion on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military on July 17. The total number of confirmed deaths now stands at 73, with a further 73 cases being investigated by DCI-Palestine.

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Partner spotlight: providing health care in rural Grand Bois, Haiti

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Direct Relief

For the nearly 65,000 people living in the rural, mountainous area of Grand Bois, Haiti (located about 40 miles east of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince), the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center run by ServeHAITI is the only place to get medical attention within 200 square miles.

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Anti-torture and other human rights groups vulnerable in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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Amnesty

Members of the NGO coalitions against torture and other human rights groups in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan operate in an increasingly insecure environment. Existing NGO legislation in all three countries does not provide sufficient safeguards to activists and groups to freely exercise their human right to freedom of association and the organizations issuing this statement are concerned that new legislation is being prepared to further limit the space in which groups and activists can operate.