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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 26 | 01 – 31 March 2014

While the overall precipitation pattern for the growing season is still unclear, food security partners need to monitor the situation very closely from March to June - the most critical for rainfall in the wheat growing season.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - March 2014

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 31 March 2014: In March 2014, a total of 1,351 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. Of this, 821 came from Iran, 524 from Pakistan and 6 from India.

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Iran sends food aid in face of emergency

Iran delivered 30,000 tons of food supplies to Syria, reports the state TV, specifying that the shipment arrived at a Mediterranean port.

The aid is part of a wider support provided by Teheran to the government of President Bashar al Assad, both before and after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

The WFP (World Food Program) just yesterday warned that due to a drought many more people would end up counting on food aid in addition to the 6.5 million already in need. [VG/BO]

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Indonesia + 7 others
Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

Report
IRIN

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Iraq + 5 others
UNHCR Iraq Factsheet Quarter 4 2013

UNHCR in Iraq

UNHCR has been present in Iraq since the 1980s. Working with the Government of Iraq (GoI), UNHCR protects and assists people of concern (PoCs) including refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people, returnees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in all 18 governorates. Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. However, the country has hosted and assisted, with UNHCR’s support, refugees of Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish, and Syrian origin.

Refugees /Asylum Seekers

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Somalia + 11 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 426, 3 avril 2014)

Situation Générale en mars 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2014

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s’est améliorée en mars le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge suite aux opérations de lutte et au dessèchement des conditions. Néanmoins, il subsiste un risque que des groupes d’ailés et peut-être quelques petits essaims puissent se déplacer dans les aires de reproduction printanière de l’intérieur de l’Arabie saoudite et du Yémen, où une reproduction est possible.

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Somalia + 11 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 426 (2 Apr 2014)

General Situation during March 2014

Forecast until mid-May 2014

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Djibouti + 14 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 425, 4 Mar 2014)

Situation Générale en février 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-avril 2014

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Afghanistan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year 2014

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On February 11, the GIRoA launched a national policy for IDPs, acknowledging the central responsibility of the GIRoA in preventing and responding to displacement and recognizing the right of all Afghans to freedom of movement and residence. According to GIRoA officials, the policy—drafted with support and technical assistance from UNHCR—aims to establish a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to find solutions for IDPs in the country. U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have welcomed the policy.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 25 | 01 – 28 February 2014

Humanitarians continue to express concerns about the possible interruptions of health service delivery to a population with already low access and an increased risk of attacks on patients and health care professionals.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Madagascar + 28 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
Azerbaijan, Iran discuss prospects of cooperation in addressing emergencies

Report
Trend

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16

By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

Minister of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan Kamaladdin Heydarov met Sunday with Iranian Deputy Interior Minister and head of Iranian Disaster Management Organization Ismail Najjar, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

At the meeting Kemaleddin Heydarov said that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate with Iran in the prevention of emergency situations and elimination of waste.

According to him, the Azerbaijani side is ready to hold joint exercises on rescue operations in the Caspian Sea.

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Inviting to Safety in Nowrouz, hand-in-hand by volunteers and relief workers

Alongside with the Red Crescent Youth and Volunteers Organisations, Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent will also put its National Nowruz Travellers’ Relief and Rescue Plan into action in 31 provinces as of March 16th to April 6th, 2014 on the threshold of the Iranian Nowruz Festival (Persian New Year starting March 21st).

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Iraq + 3 others
Japan, a continuous supporter to refugee protection in Iran

Tehran, March 16, IRNA – With a recent 6 million dollar donation in 2014, the Government of Japan, one of UNHCR’s biggest donors, supports Afghan refugees in Iran to voluntarily repatriate to Afghanistan in safety and dignity.

Also for those who stay in Iran it provides improved access to educational opportunities; health care and community based rehabilitation services; and also better livelihood opportunities. All these services fall under the umbrella of the important regional Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees, a news release issued by the UN refugee agency said Monday.

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World + 16 others
Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview

The interplay of natural disasters, rapid urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change has emerged as a serious challenge for policy and planning.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 February 2014) [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Germany Humanitarian Assistance to Protect Afghan refugees in Iran

With a population of over 882, 000 refugees the Islamic Republic of Iran hosts one of the largest refugee population in the world. The Government of Iran with a minimal support from the international community tries its best to provide the basic needs of these refugees. However with the dramatic rise in living expenses, including a 30% rise in health treatment tariffs, refugees living far from home struggle every day to send their children to school, to access timely health care and to earn a living to support their livelihood.

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Iran hosts 882,000 refugees with minimal world support: UNHCR

Tehran, March 3, IRNA – With a population of over 882,000 refugees, the Islamic Republic of Iran hosts one of the largest refugee population in the world.

The Government of Iran with a minimal support from the international community tries its best to provide the basic needs of these refugees. However with the dramatic rise in living expenses, including a 30% rise in health treatment tariffs, refugees living far from home struggle every day to send their children to school, to access timely health care and to earn a living to support their livelihood.

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Yemen + 13 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 425 (3 Mar 2014) [EN/AR]

General Situation during February 2014

Forecast until mid-April 2014

The Desert Locust situation remained serious along both sides of the Red Sea during February as outbreaks continued in Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and, to a lesser extent, in Sudan and northern Somalia, where hopper bands, groups and swarms formed.

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Red Crescent responds to severe snowstorm in Iran

The record-breaking early-February snowstorm dumped severe snow in 26 provinces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, mainly in the Northern Province of Mazandaran and left local people with immense needs. During the last two weeks, relief workers from the provincial branch of the Red Crescent of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS) in Mazandaran provided relief and rescue services to 11,900 people and settled 200 trapped persons in safer places.