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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.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Caritas

Greece is being overwhelmed by refugees and migrants, with a spike in the number of arriving this year. They’re mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They’re fleeing war and poverty.

The number of new arrivals has reached over 160,000 people. In just one week alone in August, more than 20,000 arrived. That’s about half the total of the whole of 2014.

The Greek Coast Guard is rescuing people from the sea as the refugees make their way from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Agathonissi, Kos and Symi.

03 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan, 3 September 2015 (IRIN) - The United States has allocated $950 million for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions.

03 Sep 2015 description

CONF150902

CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
CONFÉRENCES DE PRESSE

C’est devant une salle de presse comble que le Représentant permanent de la Fédération de Russie auprès des Nations Unies, M. Vitaly Churkin, qui vient de prendre la présidence tournante du Conseil de sécurité, a présenté, cet après-midi, le programme de travail du mois de septembre qui s’achèvera, le 30, par un débat public sur le thème du règlement des conflits au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord et la lutte contre la menace terroriste dans la région.

03 Sep 2015 description
report Oxfam

How to revitalize the agenda 15 years after UNSCR 1325

Author: Shaheen Chughtai, Deputy Head, Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam GB

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Conflicts threaten devastating consequences for everyone – but women and girls face particular impacts. In general, women and girls have access to fewer resources to protect and sustain themselves, are more often the deliberate target of gender-based violence and are more often excluded from political processes essential for peace and security.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22 for their selection as the first of 3,000 civil service interns sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the $38 million Promote: Women in Government program.

02 Sep 2015 description
report Frontier Post

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Wed Sep 02 2015, 9:47 am

Police in Vienna, capital of Austria, have rescued 24 Afghan migrants who were locked in a truck. Austrian officials said on Tuesday the men aged 16 to 20 were hiding in an air-tight compartment and risked suffocation.

Police told reporters that the sliding of the door was welded shut and the tailgate had been locked leaving the men in a very dangerous situation.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Situation Overview

  1. Humanitarian Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.04 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 908.8 million, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and HRPs are 32.1% funded.

  2. The Syria Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.42 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.5 billion (33.7%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.92 billion (66.3%).

02 Sep 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Fighting continues to intensify across Syria, further increasing internal displacement and humanitarian needs. As of 31 July, almost 1.2 million people have been internally displaced this year alone, Many have been repeatedly displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, and beyond. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

02 Sep 2015 description

Hundreds of people arrive at the Serbian border with small bags and blankets. After going through the pre-reception centre in Miratovac, they smile and shake hands with each other and with local residents.

“We made it,” said a man from Palmyra, Syria. “Now we must travel on to the northern border and we will finally arrive.” On his mobile phone is a recent picture of his 10-month-old daughter, who is still in Syria. “We don't have enough money, so my family is still there. I will find a way to bring them here, but my dream is to return home when there is no war.”

02 Sep 2015 description

Thomas Andre Syvertsen

More than 180,000 vulnerable migrants have arrived in Greece this year. At the Elaiones Reception Center for migrants outside of Athens, three times a day, volunteers from the Hellenic Red Cross prepare and deliver food. This past weekend, 528 people arrived in the reception center, mostly families from Afghanistan who have spent the last couple of months on the run.

02 Sep 2015 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, and Somalia. The update also reiterates key recommendations to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict ahead of the conclusion negotiations on Afghanistan, still pending.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan