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25 Mar 2017 description

Despite an increase in rainfall, long-term moisture deficits remain in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and low soil moisture across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

  2. Despite a robust increase in rainfall following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, considerable long-term moisture deficits remain due to well below-average rainfall earlier in the season throughout the northern Madagascar.

24 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • After over three decades of protracted displacement, Iran remains host to almost 1 million documented and over 2 million undocumented Afghans (source: UNHCR, BAFIA). Many face constraints and limitations with regard to livelihoods, health, access to education and other essential services.

24 Mar 2017 description

25,170 arrivals by sea in 2017 559 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 24 March 363,401 arrivals in 2016

22 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Recent negotiations with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates a high forecast contribution of EUR 1 million to PRRO 200310, to be confirmed in April 2017.

  • In February, WFP assisted 12,751 people with full entitlements and 15,927 with partial entitlements (8,030 woman 6,022 girls, 8,030 men and 6,596 boys).

WFP Assistance

21 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

23 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

3,591 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

9,928 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

57,173 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

65% of returnees from Pakistan (15 individuals) assisted

12% of returnees from Iran (440 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

20 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

20 Mar 2017 description

Overview

Decades of conflict and the search for better economic opportunities have pushed millions of Afghans into neighboring Pakistan and Iran.

While an estimated 2.5 million Afghans are registered refugees, a possibly equal number of Afghans live in Pakistan and Iran without legal refugee status. These undocumented Afghans face numerous protection challenges both in their host country and upon their return to Afghanistan either voluntarily (“spontaneous return”) or through deportation.

20 Mar 2017 description

The Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region aims at enhancing the effectiveness and broadening the coverage and impact of school meals programmes as a key social protection instrument in support of poor and vulnerable children and marginalized communities. It embraces both crisis situations as well as more stable but vulnerable contexts, strengthening resilience and providing opportunities for more inclusive development pathways and social stability.

19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

18 Mar 2017 description

Situation Générale en février 2017

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-avril 2017

18 Mar 2017 description

19,722 arrivals by sea in 2017 525 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 17 March 363,401 arrivals in 2016

17 Mar 2017 description

Germany - A new data briefing produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights a 27 percent increase in migrant deaths worldwide during 2016 compared to 2015. The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM increased significantly in many regions of the world, including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

14 Mar 2017 description

19,653 arrivals by sea in 2017
525 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 14 March
363,401 arrivals in 2016

13 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 264 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

  • 6,746 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

  • 9,905 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

  • 53,582 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

  • 75% of returnees from Pakistan (199 individuals) assisted

  • 3% of returnees from Iran (250 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

10 Mar 2017 description

by Els Debuf

A suicide bomb killed at least 20 in Kabul earlier this month, just as the United Nations reported a marked rise in the number of children dying in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict during 2016.

Mark Bowden, the United Nations humanitarian aid coordinator in the country, said the level of civilian casualties in Afghanistan was unlike anywhere else in the world outside Syria.

09 Mar 2017 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2274 (2016), in which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.