- OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 48, 1–31 Jan 2016
- Human Rights Watch: Afghanistan: Events of 2015
- OCHA Badakhshan Earthquake Flash Update No. 1 - 27 Dec 2015
Appeals & Funding
- 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2015 PDF XLS
Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 10 Feb 2016): 544,735
Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 8,542
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 854
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167
% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%
Estimated residual population staying on the island ((Based on estimations provided by authorities): 1,554
Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 525
Arrivals and Departures: According to European Commission sources, between 17 December and 31 January (thus, over 46 days) the number of people arriving to the EU from Turkey remains high (110,211) despite winter weather conditions. 99.2% of these people crossed the Aegean Sea. There was a significant decrease as compared to total arrival figures for October 2015 (214,792), however when compared to arrival figures in November (154,381) and December (110,835), the trend appears fairly constant.
New York – As we mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world.
“Again this year, the multiplication of conflicts and the brutality of tactics of war have made children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the State of Play of Implementation of the Priority Actions under the European Agenda on Migration: EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan - Implementation Report
Period: 17 December 2015 to 31 January 2016
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used.
In January 2016, AOAV recorded 3,444 deaths and injuries worldwide as a result of explosive violence, 55% of whom were civilians (1,895 civilian deaths and injuries). Syria continued to be the country with the most incidents and the most deaths and injuries, both civilian and military.
STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS
2,636 refugees and migrants arrived: 2,583 from fYRo Macedonia and 53 from Bulgaria.
1,728 asylum seekers departed to Croatia.
UNHCR is grateful to the Government of Sweden for having quickly accepted for orderly refugee resettlement to Sweden a 13 year old unaccompanied child, who has been cared for by UNHCR and the social protection system of Serbia since he arrived in Serbia over a month ago.
GENEVA, Feb 12 (UNHCR) – Despite rough seas and harsh winter weather, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, more than in the first four months of 2015, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, announced today.
In addition it said more than 400 people had lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean. However, despite the dangers over 2,000 people a day continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children attempting to reach Europe.
About this report: DTM in the Mediterranean and beyond
Flow Monitoring: As of 10 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 4,681 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 4 February – 10 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
In Greece, IOM continues to be present on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Crete and works closely with authorities (Frontex, the HCG, and the First Reception Service) to identify vulnerable migrants and refugees, including unaccompanied and/or separated children, the elderly, and those with medical needs.
Africa Weather Hazards
Kos, Greece | AFP | Friday 2/12/2016 - 05:51 GMT | 555 words
by Hélène COLLIOPOULOU
As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.
The construction of the so-called "hotspot" has been held up by opposition from the mayor and local residents, but site overseer Vassilis Klamponis said his team is going as fast as they can.
Arrivals and Departures: Only 3% of the more than one million people arriving to Italy and Greece in 2015 were relocated across the EU as refugees, or returned to their countries of origin, according to figures released by the European Commission on 10 February.
Condition of People: On the Island of Samos, nine persons remain detained for reasons of irregular entry at the Vathy Police Station.
Deaths at Sea: None reported.
By Farangis Najibullah
The Afghan government has sent a team of specialists to a northern province to repair electricity pylons blown up as fighting raged between security forces and Taliban insurgents.
With the capital, Kabul, already facing blackouts since late January due to the destruction of several other electricity-transmission towers elsewhere in Baghlan Province, Baghlan officials announced on February 10 that the Taliban had destroyed at least one more tower, near Dahana-e Ghuri.
- 1,758 refugees and migrants arrived: 1,701 from fYRo Macedonia and 57 from Bulgaria.
- 2,578 asylum seekers departed to Croatia.
Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 10 Feb 2016): 137,107
Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 3,744
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 374
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413
% of arrivals in Chios compared to total (2016): 22%
Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 952
Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 197
By Fezeh Hosseini — 11 February 2016
In disaster and conflict prone Afghanistan, WFP is helping the government and local Red Crescent Society to prepare for future catastrophes by building capacity through training in warehouse management.
Multiple emergencies complicate humanitarian response
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