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10 Feb 2016 description

USAID partners to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. Our work reflects American values and our commitment to a world where everyone has the opportunity to live in peace and prosperity.


As a core pillar of American leadership and power, global development works together with defense and diplomacy to advance our interests and values abroad, and to protect the American people at home.

10 Feb 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures: Fluctuations in the number of arrivals to different Greek Islands compared to previous trends were observed, particularly with an increase of arrivals to the island of Chios.

10 Feb 2016 description


  • ACF provides humanitarian lifeline during the Ghor winter.

  • A family story of life in the Kabul Informal Settlements.

  • Humanitarian community appeals for US$393 million, the absolute minimum to save lives in 2016.

  • Getting mines out of the ground in Afghanistan.

Surviving the Ghor winter: an ACF lifeline

10 Feb 2016 description

In this issue

Highlights P.1
CoRe Cluster background and activities P.2
Update and CoRe contacts P.3

The first Cluster Bulletin was designed to provide an update on CoRe Cluster activi-ties. The next one will cover CoRe sector needs, progress and gaps in response to itthe 2014 military operation in North Wa-ziristan Agency. The Cluster has more han 50 member organizations in Pesha-war and is led by UNDP.


10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 135,617

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 2,254

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 282

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total (2016): 21%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 234

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 265

10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Samos (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 109,555

Total arrivals in Samos during Feb 2016: 477

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 60

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 152

% of arrivals in Samos compared to total in Greece (2016) : 7%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on UNHCR estimations)): 520

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 117

10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 543,073

Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 6,880

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 860

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): 2,035

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 777

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description


  • Sea arrivals to Greece reduced to an average of 13,500 per week in January, from 22,500 in December. Numbers fluctuate from 0-5,000 per day. Service provision becomes inadequate when high numbers of migrants arrive and when onward transport to the mainland is disrupted causing temporary build ups to occur. Similar issues occur at Idomeni, where there are recurrent border closures.

  • The conditions migrants find in Greece are still mostly inadequate, whilst conditions further along the route have improved.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description

KABUL - To prevent and respond to child recruitment and use in the National Security Forces, and to improve age-verification mechanisms, the Government of Afghanistan officially launched age assessment guidelines at a high-level meeting in Kabul.

Prepared by experts, practitioners, and government officials, with the technical assistance of UNAMA and UNICEF, the age assessment guidelines are designed to be applied during any recruitment process into the Afghan security forces.

09 Feb 2016 description

Vocational training programmes prove highly successful in eastern province.

By Ahmad Farid Tanha

“I used to beg,” said 30-year-old Wahida. “Now, I work as a seamstress and feed my whole family.”

Wahida, a resident of the Parwan’s provincial capital Charikar, told IWPR that her life had been transformed due to a training course run by the provincial department of women’s affairs.

09 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals to Croatia: 634,473

Total arrivals in Feb 2016: 11,369

Minor and women ratio of total registration at 01-07 Feb 2016: 58%

Compared to 25-31 Jan 2016: 61%

Total arrivals in Jan 2016: 64,826

Avg. daily arrivals in Jan 2016: 2,091

Source: MOI registration data, Croatia

08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Shira Rubin

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN) - In the main square of Aksaray, a neighbourhood in Istanbul densely populated by refugees, Haroun Yamani tries to placate potential clients who are seeking a future in Europe but are anxious about the treacherous boat journey that will take them there.

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08 Feb 2016 description


  • Wheat: Average wheat grain retail price in the main cities’ markets of the country was slightly fluctuating in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, it was decreasing from January – August, and negligibly increased from August 2015 to January 2016.

  • The current average wheat price in main cities’ markets of Afghanistan (AFN 25.1/Kg) is higher by 1.3% compared to the same time last year (January 2015), but significantly higher by 16.2% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months (Januarys 2011 - 2015).

08 Feb 2016 description

Monish Gulati
Independent Analyst, New Delhi 
E-mail: m_gulati_2001@yahoo.com