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30 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

• On 26 March, 7,892 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,738) were sheltered in 17 government facilities, while the rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or close to the borders with Croatia or Hungary.

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 2,221 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

  • 699 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

  • 12,149 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

  • 57,872 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

  • 86% of returnees from Pakistan (1,919 individuals) assisted

  • 7% of returnees from Iran (52 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

28 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Le Parlement européen devrait améliorer le suivi des fonds d’aide destinés aux réfugiés

27 Mar 2017 description

Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, March 27, 2017) – The European Parliament should ensure that European Union funds for refugees also reach those with disabilities, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum said in advance of an event at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow, March 28.

27 Mar 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

The total number of individuals displaced by conflict in 2016 rose to 660,639, as joint assessment teams finalise assessments of those displaced last year. This is the highest number on record, and a 40 per cent increase on last year’s high of around 470,000.

In 2017 so far, 47,404 individuals have been verified as displaced, with 22 provinces recording some level of forced displacement.

27 Mar 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Access in Bala Buluk district has been severely constrained for the past few weeks, mainly due to insecurity and conflict. As a result, around 700 households are displaced to other villages within the district as well as to Farah City centre. As a result, the majority of people in the district are unable to go to work or to find new income opportunities.

27 Mar 2017 description

Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) provides relief items to affected population in line with seven fundamental principles.
In addition to ARCS’s previous assistances, ARCS has provided relief items to 500 disables, destitute and internally displaced families who have affected due to armed conflicts in Baghlan province.
ARCS’s authorities have optimally distributed relief items while Baghlan province sub-governor, head of provincial council, Baghlan province parliamentarians and ARCS north-eastern regional zone office head were observing the distribution process.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

by Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, Gender, Health and HIV, UNDP

Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatized and under-reported.

27 Mar 2017 description

Kabul, 26 March, 2017- The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan today launched the first spring round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) for polio eradication in 2017. The campaign which will take place from 27-31 March is the first national campaign in 2017. More than 8.8 million children under the age of five will be vaccinated against polio and more than 7.9 million aged 6 months to 5 years will be given vitamin A tablets. The campaign will cover all provinces, except Bamyam, Daikonda and Ghor provinces due to cold weather.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Ayaz Gul

ISLAMABAD —

Pakistan says it has started fencing off its long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks are being given priority.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa revealed the project during a visit Saturday to tribal districts, including Mohmand, near the Afghan border where "terrorists" assaulted outposts from across the other side and killed five Pakistani soldiers this month.

26 Mar 2017 description

Marius Brevik

Children who have to flee their homes also lose their schools and classmates. “We must prioritize giving these children an education,” argues NRC’s Head of Programme in Afghanistan, Will Carter.

“We have a proverb that says that one girl is able to educate ten generations. It’s very important, educated women make the difference,” says Mohama Qayoum, an Afghan teacher.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jessica Neuwirth
Jessica Neuwirth is founder of Donor Direct Action an international organisation which partners with front-line women's groups around the world.

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Natalia Linou
Natalia Linou is Policy Specialist Gender, Health and HIV at the UN Development Program.

25 Mar 2017 description

Despite an increase in rainfall, long-term moisture deficits remain in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and low soil moisture across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rainfall earlier in the season throughout the northern Madagascar.

24 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • After over three decades of protracted displacement, Iran remains host to almost 1 million documented and over 2 million undocumented Afghans (source: UNHCR, BAFIA). Many face constraints and limitations with regard to livelihoods, health, access to education and other essential services.

24 Mar 2017 description

25,170 arrivals by sea in 2017 559 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 24 March 363,401 arrivals in 2016