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05 Sep 2015 description

SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESS CONFERENCE

In September, the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, from the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the political climate in Lebanon to the broad settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation said today at a Headquarters press conference.

04 Sep 2015 description

By Tommaso Della Longa, IFRC They come from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Thousands of migrants crossing through Serbia every week – families with children, the disabled, the elderly, the young – all hoping to make it further into Europe. Depending on where they are coming from and their financial resources, their journeys last anywhere from 15-48 days.

04 Sep 2015 description

For a year now, thousands of refugees have been crossing the Afghan border, fleeing the fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban in the province of Waziristan. Our head of mission, Philippe Bonnet, sheds light on the situation.

04 Sep 2015 description
report UN News Service

4 September 2015 – Declaring that Europe is facing “a moment of truth” with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

04 Sep 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 13:28 GMT

The 71 migrants found dead in an abandoned lorry in Austria last week had most likely suffocated soon after they were picked up by a smuggler in Hungary, police said Friday.

Preliminary autospy results indicate that "if you take into account the number of people and lack of oxygen, it's fair to assume that asphyxiation occurred within no time at all," police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said.

The final coroner's report was expected to take another five or six weeks, he added.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker Security Database, which provides statistics and analysis about attacks against aid workers.

04 Sep 2015 description

Hungary - Scenes of chaos continue at train stations in Hungary as migrants and refugees try to leave the country and reach Germany via Austria.

Following the tragic death of 71 people in the back of a lorry bound for Austria, the Hungarian government allowed refugees who were camped at Budapest’s Keleti station to board trains to Vienna on Monday (31/8).

On Tuesday (1/9) the government reversed this policy and thousands of migrants and refugees who had bought tickets that they were unable to use protested outside the station.

04 Sep 2015 description

Greece - Over the past week, IOM Greece estimates that over 5,000 migrants and refugees a day have crossed the Aegean Sea into Greece.

The largest group are Syrians, followed by Afghans. They mainly include men, families with children, and minors accompanied by close relatives. Many of the families, especially the Afghans, include pregnant women and new-borns.

On Monday (31/8), according to IOM staff on the island of Kos, the Hellenic Police estimated that there were approximately 4,000 migrants on the island – of whom 2,000 had yet to be identified.

04 Sep 2015 description

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met this morning with members of the Special Electoral Reforms Commission in ARG.

Also in attendance at the meeting were Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto.

At the beginning of the meeting, members of the Special Electoral Reforms Commission talked about the work and modus operandi of the commission and presented their proposals to the President.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:00 GMT

  • Afghan refugees complain of harassment in Pakistan

  • Number of people returning to Afghanistan rises sharply

  • Problems reflect chill in relations between neighbours

  • Returning families say Afghanistan no safer than when they fled

By Frank Jack Daniel

KABUL, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Rahim Khan's return to Afghanistan 28 years after fleeing to Pakistan was not the homecoming he had dreamed of.

04 Sep 2015 description

Local knowledge can make new force more effective, but some say it needs more training and oversight.

The Afghan Local Police (ALP) are playing an increasingly important security role, but questions remain about the accountability of this new and sometimes controversial force. Speakers at a series of IWPR debates held around Afghanistan in August called for action to curb corruption and abuses in order to ensure these police units enjoyed local support.

04 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkan - Regional Overview

• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.

• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.

ECHO involvement

04 Sep 2015 description

Every year approximately 250,000 people are affected by natural disasters in Afghanistan. In 2014, the North of the country saw one of the worst cases of seasonal flooding in years, affecting over 110,000 people. Many lost their homes entirely.

What is ACTED doing to help?

Our teams in Afghanistan have built 416 transitional shelters as well as latrines (toilets), for these internally displaced families in Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces in the North and North East of the country, with OFDA/USAID support.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Caritas

By Caritas Internationalis | 3 September 2015

The number of migrants and refugees entering Serbia has increased drastically since mid-June. Caritas Serbia is looking to respond to the needs of 100,000 people with an appeal for Euro 800,000.

They’re crossing Serbia to the European Union as they flee conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Most of the refugees are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD— Hundreds of schoolgirls were taken to a hospital after breathing in poisonous gas in Herat Thursday. This is a third incident of gas poisoning this week. Officials suspect foul play.

For the third time this week, hundreds of parents in Afghanistan’s Herat province sat in a hospital waiting for their daughters to get better.

Officials say the three incidents were suspiciously similar. They now think the gas leaks at the three girls' schools may have been deliberate.

03 Sep 2015 description

Thursday 3 September, 2015 – The MSF boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with MOAS, yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on 2 May. In six separate rescue operations, the three search and rescue vessels brought on board people primarily from Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia, many of them women (547) and children (199), including many toddlers and babies.

03 Sep 2015 description

Twenty years on from the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in November 1995, the consequences of conflict – including the long-term effects of displacement – are still being felt in the Western Balkans. FMR 50 examines the case of people who were displaced from and within Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of the 1992-95 war, and reflects on the lessons that may be drawn from the successes and failures of the Agreement. FMR 50 includes 20 articles on ‘Dayton +20’, plus five ‘general’ articles.