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25 May 2017 description

Ali Akbar

Unknown assailants shot dead a polio worker in Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, police said.

Cantt police identified the deceased as Rafidullah, a former supervisor of the polio campaign in Bannu.

An in-charge of Cantt police station confirmed the firing incident, saying that Rafidullah was apparently headed to the local bazaar when unidentified gunmen opened fire at him, gravely injuring the victim.

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2017 description

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

About 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA Agencies and the Frontier Regions will take part in the innovative programme. Girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant of PKR 1000 (just under US$10).

24 May 2017 description

Switzerland - 2015 was the year of hope for the global migration and humanitarian communities.

That year, we saw the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development call for effective measures and strengthened support to empower displaced people and migrants as part of a broader commitment “to leave no one behind”. This was important progress on the Millennium Development Goals which had nothing to say about migration, let alone the contribution it can make to resilience or sustainable development.

24 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan increased by 20% compared to last week’s figure of 3,461. The return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 24% compared to 5,781 individuals that returned between 29 April and 6 May 2017. Chaman border remained closed during the week. All returns took place via Torkham.

Some 98% (4,338 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance. Also, 98% (4,085 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

24 May 2017 description

During the week of 05 to 11 May, 637 families returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agencies. Returns to NWA were halted as of 02 May for the return Pakistan refugee families from Afghanistan.

24 May 2017 description

Razeshta Sethna

HINA Shahnawaz was 27-year-old when she was murdered in Kohat in February 2017. Working for a non-governmental organisation in Islamabad, she was her family’s sole breadwinner.

Educated and with a promising career trajectory, hers was an extraordinary achievement for an unmarried tribal woman — so extraordinary that it evoked the anger of her semi-educated male cousin.

When she refused his marriage proposal, he shot her in the heart in her own home because, according to rewaj (tribal custom), she was a blot on his clan’s honour.

24 May 2017 description

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request for USAID defends our national security interests and addresses the challenges to American leadership abroad.

24 May 2017 description

Jennifer Bussell and Asim Fayaz
May 2017


This case study discusses government capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters – floods, earthquakes, and heat waves – in Pakistan.

23 May 2017 description

Afghanistan - Over 55,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan between 1 January and 18 May 2017. This is double the number of returns during the same period in 2016, the highest return year on record. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is expecting nearly 600,000 undocumented Afghans to return from Pakistan and Iran by the end of 2017.

23 May 2017 description


  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia continued to stabilize. 7,364 were counted on 30 April. 5,985 (i.e. 81%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres across the country, while the rest were counted squatting mainly in Belgrade City.

  • Based on all available information, 43% of those accommodated were children, 42% adult men, and 15% adult women; 57% originated from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 13% from Pakistan, 6% from Syria and 5% from other counties.

23 May 2017 description


26,160 People benefitted from alternatives to camps in UNHCR accommodation since the beginning of the programme

20,962 People benefitted from cash assistance through UNHCR and UNHCRfunded partners in February

19,314 UNHCR accommodation places currently active as alternatives to camps

1,581 Asylum-seekers transferred from the islands to improved accommodation on the mainland in state-run sites or UNHCR accommodation this month

23 May 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world. This infographic focuses on arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region and also provides a global view. #MissingMigrants

23 May 2017 description


4,564 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

5,609 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

59,985 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

133,544 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

98% of returnees from Pakistan (4,471 individuals) assisted

7% of returnees from Iran (402 individuals) assisted

Return from Pakistan

22 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Over half a million people have fled North Waziristan following military action in the area. Thousands of families fled with what few possessions they could carry and are now displaced, without food, water or shelter.

In an interview with Australia’s SBS World News Radio, Islamic Relief Pakistan’s Haseeb Khalid talked of the difficulties internally displaced people (IDPs) are facing.

22 May 2017 description


  • The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants continued to stabilise with 6,842 counted in Serbia on 21 May. 95% of them were accommodated in 18 governmental shelters (below chart refers).

  • Reports of 137 collective expulsions from Croatia were received - more than double the preceding week, with many alleging to have been denied access to asylum procedures and to disproportionate use of force by Croatian authorities.