The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.
1/22/2015 - 06:37 GMT
by Camille Bouissou
It costs thousands of euros for a false passport and place on a boat to Turkey, but Syrian refugees stranded in Cyprus are ready to try anything.
After already paying thousands last year to take a boat from Syria that was abandoned by smugglers at sea, many of the 345 refugees who were rescued and bought to Cyprus are already planning another treacherous voyage.
Facts and Figures on the arrivals of migrants in Europe
What is smuggling of migrants?
To enter the EU, irregular migrants often turn to smugglers.
This issue of the magazine examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves.
It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations.
Please see the bottom of this post for links to download the magazine in English, French and Spanish.
Nicosia, Cyprus | AFP | Monday 12/1/2014 - 03:48 GMT
by Patrick Galey
Amr spent three days and nights adrift in the Mediterranean, battered by a storm in a fishing boat crammed with hundreds more Syrian refugees who thought they were going to die.
"We spent days at sea with no food and no water. There were so many people on the boat. We called it the journey of death," said the 18-year-old.
"But we were also escaping from death. From Syria, from the war."
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Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 15:52 GMT
UPDATES WITH MIGRANTS TAKEN TO TURKEY
Some 220 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, authorities said.
Turkish Cypriot authorities were able to rescue the passengers including a number of children in an operation lasting several hours in bad weather, local police said in a statement.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way
A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.
09/26/2014 14:51 GMT
by Celine Cornu
LIMASSOL , September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.
A total of 345 migrants were plucked by the Salamis Filoxenia from a trawler in rough seas off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday.
09/26/2014 05:51 GMT
by Celine Cornu
LIMASSOL, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing Friday to disembark at Cyprus's main port, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.
A total of 345 migrants, mainly women and children, had been plucked from a boat in trouble off the coast of Cyprus on Thursday by a Salamis Cruise Lines ship, according to the company and Cypriot authorities.
With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.
Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.
Sixty-eighth General Assembly
99th Meeting (Resumed*) (PM)
Delegates Welcome Key Text Raising
Troop Reimbursement Rates for First Time in Years
The General Assembly today acted on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), adopting 24 resolutions and two decisions focused largely on a key aspect of the Capital Master Plan, a new staff mobility framework, enhanced reimbursements for police- and troop-contributing countries, and the Organization’s peacekeeping budgets.
Joint IDMC-UNHCR press release - A record 33.3 million now displaced by war worldwide, as one family flees inside Syria every 60 seconds - Report
33.3 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict and violence says a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). This equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.
05/12/2014 03:19 GMT
by Caroline Nelly PERROT
NICOSIA, May 12, 2014 (AFP) - Roni Amude hoped for a new life when he arrived in Cyprus, fleeing the conflict in his homeland Syria, but more than two years later he is desperate to leave.
"As Cyprus is in Europe, I thought I'd get something here," complained Amude, who, like many immigrants on the eastern Mediterranean island, is disillusioned after two and a half years in its immigration system.
Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.