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05 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ISSG representatives agree to a nationwide cessation of hostilities

  • Relief agencies reach 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged locations since January

  • Intensified aerial attacks in and around the city of Aleppo cause civilian casualties and damage key infrastructure, including NGO-supported health facilities

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

05 May 2016 description

By: Paula M. Rayman, Seth Izen and Emily Parker

03 May 2016 description
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As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

ATHENS, Greece, May 2 (UNHCR) – All Yasin Osman Ibrahim and his three-year-old son Abdulrahman could do was watch in horror as more than 500 migrants and refugees drowned two weeks ago, in one of the Mediterranean's worst shipwrecks in modern history.

Clutching Abdulrahman to his chest, Yasin stood on the deck of a wooden boat as the sea swallowed hundreds aboard a sinking, overcrowded larger boat to which people smugglers were trying to transfer them.

29 Apr 2016 description

Libya - IOM Libya staffer Ashraf Hassan met Thursday with Egyptian diplomats in Tunisia to investigate reports of the killings this week of more than a dozen Egyptian men, migrants bound for Europe, who authorities say were shot to death in Bani Walid, near Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 4,842,896 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. In 2014 more than 895,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,500 per day. In 2015 more than 877,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,400 per day. Children now make up 51.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,503,777 refugee children in the region.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

27 Apr 2016 description

Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises over 50% in five years

In Unacceptable Harm, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) comes out with its fifth global analysis of the harm wrought by explosive violence. We recorded 33,307 civilians having been killed or injured by explosive weapons – 54% more than when AOAV’s monitor began in 2011. 2015 was the fourth consecutive year that saw a rise in civilians killed or injured.

26 Apr 2016 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

Monthly trend report covering mixed migration to, through and from North Africa

About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.

Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt,
Libya, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.

25 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The pace of population displacement has slowed in Syria since the Cessation of Hostilities, since the beginning of February approximately 106,000 people were newly displaced around Aleppo, Idleb and Hassakeh Governorates. Ongoing displacement towards Jordan is reported in Dara’a Governorate as a consequence of the fighting in South Syria with at least 8,500 people have been displaced.

22 Apr 2016 description

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 180,245 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 20 April.

Latest fatalities stand at 1,232, including nearly 500 believed to have died off Libya earlier this month. Reports first surfaced on Monday (18 April) of the deaths of several hundred migrants – believed to be mainly from the Horn of Africa. A definitive account of the tragedy has yet to be confirmed.