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29 May 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

by Shereena Qazi

As the Taliban threatens to retaliate its leader's death, Afghan civilians continue to pay the highest price.

Basira Mohammadi has no answer to give to her two daughters - Sitaeesh, 3, and Sana, 1 - when they call for their father.

Her husband, Mohammed Ali Mohammadi, has not been home since January when he was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing.

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29 May 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

53 migrants detained aboard freight train to be returned to Greece to "send a strong message" to others tempted to use same route

SOFIA, May 28 (Reuters) - Bulgaria detained 53 Afghan migrants on Saturday aboard a freight train from Greece and said it would return them to its southern neighbour to "send a strong message" to others who might be tempted to use the same route to western Europe.

Read the full article on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

29 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

A delegation of Pakistani and Afghan former ambassadors, diplomats, and civil society representatives brainstormed strategies last week to help protect the rights of Pakistan’s highly vulnerable Afghan population.

28 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, aims to raise awareness of the fundamental role that MHM plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential in areas such as education.

27 May 2016 description

CONTEXT

In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

In 1996, the Taliban movement, a majority of who were religious students from Deobandi madrasas (religious schools) in Pakistan and rural Afghanistan, established a short-lived (4 years) Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. On arrival in Kabul, the Taliban barred women from working at public or private institutions and banned girls from schools. The Taliban regime said that the ban was because of the lack of facilities and security.

27 May 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 May 2016): 156,261

Total arrivals in Greece during May 2016: 1,159

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 45

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 122

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 60

27 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 194,611 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through May 25. Fatalities – including some 100 still missing – IOM estimates at 1,475 through 26 May 2016.

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome notes that 37,363 migrants and refugees arrived on Italian shores through 25 May, including all rescued individuals brought ashore so far this week. That total will certainly climb today (27/5), as some 10,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued in the region since Monday, 23 May.

27 May 2016 description

Lille, France | AFP | vendredi 27/05/2016 - 08:27 GMT | 406 mots

Une quarantaine de personnes ont été blessées au total jeudi dans la rixe ayant opposé pendant plusieurs heures quelque 200 réfugiés afghans et soudanais pour une raison encore indéterminée dans la "Jungle" de Calais (nord de la France), a-t-on appris auprès de la préfecture locale.

Ces heurts, qui ont commencé vers 16H00 (14H00 GMT) sous le préau d'un centre d'accueil de jour et se sont poursuivis au sein même de la "Jungle", font l'objet d'une enquête par le parquet.

27 May 2016 description

194,611 arrivals by sea in 2016

1,375 dead/missing published 10:00 CET 27 May

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

27 May 2016 description

Reduced rainfall expected to alleviate flooding concerns in the Shabelle River basin

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite more favorable rainfall along the coast during the last week, low and poorly-distributed rainfall during April and May has led to moderate moisture deficits over Liberia, portions of eastern Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire, and western Ghana.

27 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, May 26 2016 (IPS) - The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance. But the most powerful, richest countries—those who have largely contributed to manufacturing it and can therefore stop it, continue to pretend not hearing nor seeing the signals.

26 May 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 17:35 GMT

Some 20 people living in the "Jungle" refugee camp in the northern French port of Calais were injured in a brawl between around 200 Afghans and Sudanese on Thursday, local officials said.

Police said one person had been shot, and officials confirmed that several people received knife and baton injuries.

26 May 2016 description

Attacks on Health Care

Attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine our long term health development goals.

WHO collaborates closely with others to better understand the problem, bring attention to the issue, and find solutions that can prevent attacks; protect health facilities, workers, transport and supplies; and ensure the continued provision of health care despite such attacks.

26 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Lyndal Rowlands

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 2016 (IPS) - While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world’s existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most.

The recent outbreak of yellow fever in Angola shows how deadly infectious diseases can return when gaps in vaccination programs grow.

26 May 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster Around 13:40 local time (UTC +4:30) on 26 October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan province in the north-east region of Afghanistan. Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Baghlan and Kunar provinces were ranked the most affected provinces. The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) coordinated the initial assessments in partnership with in-country humanitarian partners.