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30 Apr 2016 description
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Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

30 Apr 2016 description
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KEY MESSAGES

  • Although El Niño typically drives above-average precipitation in Afghanistan, cumulative precipitation for the season through February was well below average in most of the country. However, precipitation through most of March and early April was average to above-average in most areas, facilitating the planting of spring wheat. Although cumulative precipitation remains below average in some areas, it is now near average in many provinces.

29 Apr 2016 description

Last month, Seema Samadi, 20, a Jawana participant, returned to her home village in Nangarhar to startling news. A family friend had recently become widowed, and the woman’s family was forcing Seema’s friend to marry her deceased husband’s brother, otherwise known as a levirate marriage. “I was shocked,” says Seema, “but I also knew that if the woman rejected the decision that her in-laws could deprive her of inheritance and future support.”

29 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

In April, there were an average of 119 daily arrivals to the Greek shores. This figure represents an 86% decrease as compared to the average arrivals in March of 870 people daily.

In Italy, the number of refugees and migrants who arrived in April was noted to be 8,490. As compared to the same month in 2015 (16,063), the total number of arrivals has dropped by more than half.

Critical Developments

29 Apr 2016 description

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.

29 Apr 2016 description

Greece - IOM reports an estimated 183,017 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 27. Latest fatalities stand at 1,244.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday that 1,400 migrants rescued through last weekend have been brought to shore in recent days. Additionally, 237 migrants were brought to Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday night.

29 Apr 2016 description

183,017 arrivals by sea in 2016

1,244 dead/missing

published 10:00 CET 29 April

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Apr 2016 description

Notes:

1) Natural disaster events include avalanches, extreme winter conditions, flooding, heavy rainfall, landslides & mudflows, and heavy snowfall as recorded by OCHA field offices and IOM Afghanistan Humanitarian Assistance Database (HADB).

2) A natural disaster incident is defined as an event that has affected (i.e. impacted) Afghans, who may or may not require humanitarian assistance.

28 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

On 27 April, Sweden's Migration Agency forecast that Sweden expects between 40,000 and 100,000 people to claim asylum this year (which is a decrease from the original forecast of between 70,000 and 140,000).

Conditions of People

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

28 Apr 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 Apr 2016): 154,553

Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2016: 3,101

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 119

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2016: 870

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 17

Dead and missing 272 dead - 152 missing (2015) 132 dead - 24 missing (9 April. 2016)

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights:

  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

28 Apr 2016 description

Jasmin Baulhassani (28.04.2016)

Amidst the turbulence of decades of conflicts in Afghanistan, Homaira Khairandish and her team are working hard to restore dignity in the lives of the most distressed individuals in the area, through the All-female Shelter Programme.

“When there is a conflict in an area, women become very vulnerable and are affected at a wide range. Many women lose their husbands and are forcibly located to a new place, where they are not familiar with the people,” says Homaira Khairandish.

28 Apr 2016 description
A combination of rising violence and family pressure means that the numbers of female reporters are dwindling.


By Akmal Zaher

Hila used to love her job at a privately-owned radio station in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. She was heartbroken when the deteriorating security situation forced to give up her work as a journalist.

"I used to work in a local media outlet, but my family no longer allows me to do that,” Hila said. “They tell me not to leave the house, because the security situation is not good."

27 Apr 2016 description

Monsoon rains have caused floods in Takhar, Badakhshan and Bameyan provinces where many families have been affected.

ARCS Emergency Operation Center has reported floods that have affected 32 families in Bolak, Houze and Fochi village in Takhar province, Shahr-e-Bozorg of Badakhshan province and Yakawlang distrct of Bameyan province.

Subsequently, ARCS has provided relief items to 217 affected families based on EOC survey team reports in Sholgara district of Balkh province, central district of Takhar province and Share Bozorg district of Badakhshan province.

27 Apr 2016 description

ABOUT THE NON-STATE SECURITY PROVIDERS PROJECT

This is the first of four papers produced as part of the CSG’s project on Non-State Security Providers and Political Formation in Conflict-Affected States. The project was made possible by generous financial support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

27 Apr 2016 description

PESHAWAR: Efforts have been focused on strengthening vaccination in the regional epidemiological block comprising areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan to eradicate poliovirus from the remaining endemic countries.

Officials said that of the total four cases recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2016, the virus was detected in two genetically sequenced with Nangarhar province where it was in full circulation, according to health officials both from Pakistan and Afghanistan.