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27 Aug 2015 description

With Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme (WFP) purchases crops from smallholder farmers’ organizations and supports them to become effective businesses. With help from WFP, other buyers bought more than US$60 million-worth of food from these farmers’ organizations, giving smallholders access to sustainable markets.

27 Aug 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – Ghulam Sakhi, 45, had mixed feelings about going back to Afghanistan after 25 long years living as a refugee in Pakistan.

However, like most refugees who choose to return to Afghanistan, Sakhi is optimistic about the future of his country. His hopes of a brighter future for his homeland outweigh any lingering doubts.

As a result, Sakhi found himself leading a group of 62 Afghan refugee families (265 Ind) who opted to return to Herat under the UN refugee agency's Facilitated Group Returns (FGR) programme.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

Agency Reports and Open Source Data

Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.

27 Aug 2015 description

KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The parties recognized that many of those remaining in Pakistan are second and third generation refugees, for whom repatriation may pose special challenges, particularly those who have resided in urban areas for the past three decades.

27 Aug 2015 description

KABUL: Representatives of the Governments of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan and Iran and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today in Kabul reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of voluntary repatriation, in safety and dignity, to end the protracted stay of Afghan refugees in Iran. The parties agreed that innovative approaches and enhanced outreach are needed in order to support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of Afghan returnees.

27 Aug 2015 description

Summary

This newsletter covers stories on how UNDP contributed to a creative solution for waste disposal in a Bamiyan town, restoration of Band-e-Amir national park, deployment of first-ever female rangers for Band-e-Amir, and preservation of a pristine landscape south of Bamyan city, which is home to several farming communities, as well as helped office of the first female chair of Bamiyan Provincial Council to promote human rights in the province.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

27 Aug 2015 description

Belgrade, SERBIA | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 03:25 GMT

by Katarina SUBASIC

Gordan Paunovic couldn't sleep the night after he met a Syrian refugee family in a Belgrade park, where hundreds of migrants pause for a rest before continuing their journey towards EU.

"I wondered all night if I should have invited some of them into my home, to offer them a shower and to spend at least one night in a bed," he recalls.

The next day he and his wife Susanne Simon-Paunovic went back to the park with a lunch for the family.

27 Aug 2015 description

MATEEN HAIDER

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday assisted a group of 550 registered Afghan refugees in returning to Afghanistan’s Herat.

The repatriation took place under the Facilitated Group Return (FGR) initiative, and the refugees were repatriated from UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation centre in Baleli, Quetta.

“Voluntary repatriation is a cornerstone of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR),” said Dinesh Lal Shrestha, head of UNHCR Balochistan.

27 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Wednesday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GMT

by Simon Sturdee and Nina Lamparski

Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck on Thursday, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis.

26 Aug 2015 description
report Guardian

Home Office ignores law firm’s exhortations to inform people with no legal representation of court order limiting deportation to three Afghan provinces

A private plane chartered by the UK’s Home Office landed in Kabul on Wednesday, carrying almost a dozen failed asylum seekers despite down-to-the-wire legal challenges to prevent the aircraft’s departure.

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26 Aug 2015 description

Pre‐harvest Qualitative Assessment successfully completed

The pre‐harvest assessment was conducted by FAO, WFP and FEWSNET in close collaboration with MAIL during April/May and final report is recently concluded and shared with FSAC partners.

26 Aug 2015 description

Heidenau, Germany | AFP | Thursday 8/26/2015 - 10:28 GM

by Coralie FEBVRE with Csaba RANKS in Roeszke, Hungary

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and western Balkan leaders will gather in Vienna Thursday in a bid to find a coherent approach to tackling the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

The meeting comes a day after Merkel vowed zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence and as criticism grows against the European Union for failing to coordinate a solution.

25 Aug 2015 description
report The New York Times

By MATTHEW BRUNWASSERAUG. 25, 2015

BELGRADE, Serbia — The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.

25 Aug 2015 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Tuesday 8/25/2015 - 17:03 GMT

The Pentagon has resumed an investigation into allegations that US special forces were complicit in the torture and killings of Afghan civilians in 2012 and 2013, an official said Tuesday.

The statement from a spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command confirmed the renewed probe following reports on the issue in The New York Times.

Under scrutiny is the role of US Army Green Berets in the deaths of 18 men in the Wardak province outside the Afghan capital of Kabul.

25 Aug 2015 description

Herat, Afghanistan | AFP | Tuesday 8/25/2015 - 14:17 GMT

by Aref Karimi

At least 11 people, most of them children, were killed when a series of explosions at an Afghan gas storage facility triggered a massive inferno in a nearby settlement for displaced people, officials said Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear whether the blasts late Monday on the edge of the relatively peaceful western city of Herat were the result of an accident or caused by a militant attack.

25 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA/SKOPJE Macedonia, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near Geveglija town, at the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The child-friendly space has been set up within the compounds of the migrant rest area established by UNHCR. A mobile team from the local NGO LaStrada is helping to reunite children with their families and to provide psychosocial support and early childhood development services to the children.

25 Aug 2015 description

In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees and others who have now arrived there in the wake of the dramatic scenes of the last few days at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

At the Greece-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people have been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, we anticipate these arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day.

25 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

Röszke , 25 August 2015 (IRIN) - As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

Flood Relief: Navy sends three tons of ration

Next 24 hours: Met Office predicts intermittent rains

PMD issues weather advisory for K-P as floods affect over 1.5m across Pakistan

Stormy weathers: Weather radars not yet installed

Dozens of villages inundated, crops damaged due to flood in Sutlej Floods wreaking havoc

High level flood recorded at Sukkur & Kotri barrages

Tripartite meeting: Kabul seeks 2 more years for Afghan refugees in Pakistan