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EU trust fund to help rebuild Central African Republic

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Deutsche Welle

EU peacekeepers are set to stay in the Central African Republic for an extra three months to allow more time for the transition to UN peacekeeping operation. The EU has also established a trust fund to help the CAR.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is in urgent need of assistance. Last year the country descended into chaos as a coup pitched it into months of violent unrest. Within the past few weeks a new transitional government has assumed power and a contingent of UN blue helmets has arrived.

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Uganda + 2 others
USAID and Germany cooperate in Northern Uganda water and sanitation project

U.S. Mission Uganda announced the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to design and implement town sanitation

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After abuses, German state reforms security measures at refugee facilities

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Deutsche Welle

The German state of North Rhine Westphalia has introduced new measures to improve security services in refugee housing. Earlier this week, allegations emerged that guards at one facility had abused several residents.

The many asylum seekers who had travelled to Germany for safety "need humane care...the assaults [that occurred earlier this week] are the opposite of human dignity," Ralf Jäger, the interior minister of the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday.

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EU trust fund starts delivering support to population

The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people; create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in Bangui; and empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.

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Germany + 2 others
Asylum-seekers 'abused' in German refugee centres

09/29/2014 15:32 GMT

by Frank ZELLER

BERLIN, September 29, 2014 (AFP) - German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Police also questioned hundreds of refugees after disturbing photo and video footage emerged at the weekend, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man's neck.

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Liberia + 1 other
German armed forces prepare to fight Ebola

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Deutsche Welle

The German government came in for strong criticism for not doing enough to combat Ebola. That will now change: 2,000 volunteers are ready to be deployed to West Africa.

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Ukraine + 5 others
Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons 5 – 23 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 18 September, almost 275,500 Ukrainians have been displaced throughout Ukraine. Almost 94% of them come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • Within the reporting period, UNHCR distributed humanitarian aid worth more than 200,000 USD to the most vulnerable IDPs. Deliveries included assistance to rebuild destroyed homes.

  • More than 250,000 USD was provided in form of cash assistance to about 1,500 vulnerable IDPs in Kyiv, Lviv and Vinnytsia region.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier: Germany launches new scholarship package for Syrian students

As a result of the conflict Syria is at risk of losing a whole generation of university graduates, future experts and leaders. For this reason the Federal Foreign Office is launching a package of measures for Syrian students which will run for several years. This will significantly increase the number of scholarships available to young Syrians in Germany and in the region (in countries including Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon).

Speaking in Berlin on 22 September, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier explained:

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Guinea + 3 others
German Government increases aid for fight against Ebola

In view of the dramatic situation in West Africa, an interministerial meeting on Germany’s engagement in the fight against the Ebola outbreak was held at the Federal Foreign Office today (19 September), headed by State Secretary Markus Ederer. Besides supporting the United Nations emergency mission, the state secretaries agreed on the following tangible steps measures:

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Germany + 3 others
Germany toughens asylum rules for three Balkans states

09/19/2014 18:50 GMT

BERLIN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classifed the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights.

The legislation was approved by the upper house of parliament and aims to make it simpler for authorities to deport political asylum seekers from the three formerly war-ravaged states.

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Liberia + 1 other
Germany to provide logistical help to Ebola-hit Liberia

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Deutsche Welle

Germany has said it will provide logistical help to tackle the West African Ebola crisis in the worst-hit country, Liberia. The World Bank has warned that the disease could have a "catastrophic" economic impact.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that Germany would provide logistical support to Liberia as the country struggles to cope with the crisis.

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Jordan + 2 others
Dramatic refu­gee situ­a­tion in Jordan: German De­vel­op­ment Ministry supports host commu­ni­ties in providing infra­structure

Berlin – Germany is increasing its support for Jordan, which is under sig­nifi­cant strain as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis. On the occasion of the Jordanian-German gov­ern­ment nego­tia­tions, Minister Gerd Müller committed another 38 million euros in grants. Germany will also provide reduced-interest loans for programmes in Jordan.

Jordan with its 6.5 million inhabitants has taken in far more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Most of them are living in host cities and villages.

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Iraq + 1 other
Germany Funds WFP Field Kitchens To Feed Displaced Families In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €2 million from the Government of Germany to help fund its emergency field kitchens in Iraq supplying hot meals to over a quarter of a million people

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Sudan + 1 other
Germany Supports Vulnerable People In Sudan Through Nutrient-Dense Food

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$ 2.7 million contribution from the Government of Germany. WFP will use the funds to buy 2,212 metric tonnes of Super Cereal, a nutrient-dense food that WFP adapted to prevent acute malnutrition, particularly among children in Sudan.

Super Cereal comprise corn-soya blend and fortified with 19 vitamins and minerals. The highly nutritious food will benefit 204,250 pregnant and nursing women as well as children aged under five in Sudan for almost three months.

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World + 16 others
Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

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.

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Ukraine + 6 others
Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons 22 August - 04 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

 Almost 260,000 persons are displaced throughout Ukraine as of 1 September. 94% come from eastern Ukraine.

 At least 143,000 have fled in the past three weeks due to the intensified fighting in eastern regions.

 The number of Ukrainians applying for international protection reached 121,190 in the Russian Federation and 4,106 across the EU.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Iraq + 1 other
Foreign Minister Steinmeier on supporting northern Iraq

At a joint press conference he gave with Defence Minister von der Leyen on 31 August, Foreign Minister Steinmeier spoke about the German Government’s decision on support for northern Iraq:

Zusatzinformationen Supplying arms is not the first undertaking in our help for Iraq and our action against ISIS, nor will it be the last. The Foreign Minister’s detailed statement was as follows:

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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Sudan Tribune

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.