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17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

16 Apr 2015 description

Regional mixed migration summary for March 2015 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated

15 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

March 2015 marked four years of civil war in Syria. While many in the world have moved on, Syrians find themselves trapped in conflict, and forced to flee for their lives. The fighting has killed at least 220,000 people; and 840,000 have been injured in violence. Life expectancy has fallen by approximately 20 years.

14 Apr 2015 description

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Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.

14 Apr 2015 description
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OVERVIEW

Since 2000, Egypt has seen a gradual but fluctuating drop in the number of primary school aged children who are out of school. There has also been a dramatic decrease in exclusion rates for lower secondary aged children. Out-of-school rates have declined among pre-primary aged children but are still high.

There are now 319,126 primary school aged children out of school (2.9%), 331,074 lower secondary aged children (6.6%) and 1,297,354 pre-primary school age children (69.2%).

14 Apr 2015 description
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In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.

13 Apr 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | | Sunday 4/12/2015 - 18:36 GMT

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday issued a decree making the digging or use of illegal tunnels in border areas punishable by life in jail.

The army has intensified efforts to destroy such underground tunnels connecting the restive Sinai Peninsula to the Palestinian Gaza Strip, since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

12 Apr 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | | Sunday 4/12/2015 - 19:28 GMT

by Jay DESHMUKH

Two bomb attacks claimed by Egyptian jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group killed on Sunday at least 14 people in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including 11 security personnel.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has carried out a slew of attacks in Sinai since the army's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, claimed responsibility.

10 Apr 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | | Friday 4/10/2015

Egypt's coastguard on Friday detained a migrant boat heading for Italy, retrieved two bodies from the sea and rescued five injured people, security sources and medics said.

Coastguard officers also detained for questioning 129 migrants who were aboard the boat in the Mediterranean off the coast of the northern province of Kafr el-Sheikh, the sources said.

They said an Eritrean man and a Somali woman were found dead.

Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar confirmed the deaths, and said five people were hurt.

09 Apr 2015 description

The severe winter storms ‘Huda’ and ‘Jana’ swept across the Middle East in January and February 2015, exposing millions of refugees to freezing temperatures, and bringing heavy snow, rainfall and high winds across the region. UNHCR responded immediately to keep vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people warm and protected from the harsh conditions. UNHCR and its partners replaced damaged tents, provided repair kits, delivered emergency supplies and offered alternative temporary shelter for those forced to abandon their homes due to the snow storms.

09 Apr 2015 description

Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.

08 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 17 February, the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) was launched jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Ambassador Abdelrahman Salah, Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs, and the United Nations, represented by Ms. Anita Nirody, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt.