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05 May 2015 description

Child stunting and other indicators underscore serious challenges to food and nutrition security in the region

Manama, Bahrain, May 5, 2015—Child stunting, a result of malnutrition, is a larger problem than gross domestic product would suggest in nine Arab countries, while the Arab region as a whole imports more than 50 percent of its population’s daily caloric intake.

05 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Syria, the thirteenth national polio immunization campaign was carried out by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and WHO from 22 to 26 March 2015 reaching 2,426,244 children under the age of five nationwide.

04 May 2015 description

General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

04 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

UNFPA delivers 48,800 reproductive health and family planning services to 16,270 women during the reporting period. Provides gender-based violence screening services to 720 women; of these, 165 women turned out to be gender-based violence survivors in Damascus and Rural Damascus.

LEBANON

UNFPA organizes six awareness sessions on early marriage to 90 women leaders from both the Syrian and Lebanese communities and distributes 200 pamphlets on early marriage and reproductive health.

02 May 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Saturday 5/2/2015 - 18:30 GMT

Three migrants drowned Saturday and 31 were rescued after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized off Egypt's port of Baheira, security officials and state media said.

Coastguards arrested those rescued, and it was not immediately clear what caused the trawler to sink, security officials said.

State-run Al-Ahram newspaper said 13 Syrians, 15 Sudanese, two Eritreans and one Egyptian were saved.

29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.

28 Apr 2015 description

Italy - IOM’s team in Italy today (28/4) reports that its latest count of migrants arriving by sea this month stands now at 14,908 – a number that indicates that 2015’s human smuggling tide will be at least as large as last year’s – the deadliest on record for migrants lost at sea in the Mediterranean.

27 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

Disaster in the Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record

26 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Prosecution Failed to Show Former President Complicit in Violence

Beirut, April 26, 2015) – The first trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was compromised by due process violations, the appearance of bias and an absence of conclusive evidence, Human Rights Watch said today. He was convicted on April 21, 2015, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

24 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11874

7433rd Meeting (AM)

United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Citing ‘Atrocity after Atrocity’, Warns Time Running Out

Expressing alarm that the Syrian crisis had become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening regional stability, the Security Council this morning called for stepped-up, coordinated international support to neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the conflict.

23 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP delivered enough food to support over 4 million people in March, of which almost 15 percent was delivered cross border from Turkey and Jordan

  • While efforts to negotiate access continue, WFP reached less than ten percent of those believed to be in need of assistance in hard to reach and besieged areas

  • Despite donor generosity, shortfalls forced WFP to cut assistance to some 1.8 million Syrian refugees by 30 percent since the beginning of the year

22 Apr 2015 description
report Amnesty

Amnesty International’s “Blueprint for Action” to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Med

On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International is publishing a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end an ongoing catastrophe that has left thousands of refugees and migrants dead.

21 Apr 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Monday 4/20/2015 - 18:29 GMT

by Tony Gamal-Gabriel

An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison for abuses against protesters but acquitted the Islamist leader of charges carrying a possible death penalty.

Morsi was convicted of ordering the arrest and torture of demonstrators involved in clashes in 2012 when he was president, in a verdict Amnesty International denounced as a "travesty of justice".

21 Apr 2015 description
report Guardian

Eritrea’s climate of repression, violence and paranoia – and its indefinite national service – is prompting hundreds of people to flee every day

Like many of her fellow Eritrean refugees, Sofia, who managed to escape northwards to Cairo, has a very simple reason for fleeing her homeland. “In Eritrea you’re even afraid to talk to your family,” she says. “The person next to me [in a cafe] could be a spy, and they are looking at what you are doing. People disappear every day.”

21 Apr 2015 description

The UK has allocated £378 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £182 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.03.2015) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.