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17 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR – The UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday handed over 4,000 tents, 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 core relief item kits to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to facilitate returns to South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies.

Most of Pakistan’s internally displaced people have returned to their homes in the tribal areas while some 49,000 families await their return.

17 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Pakistani government is increasingly clamping down on internet dissent at the expense of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately end abusive state monitoring of internet activity, prosecute those committing violence on the basis of internet blasphemy allegations, and commit to upholding free expression for all.

16 May 2017 description
report European Union

There were more than 14 100 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU in April, 2% higher than the number of detections from the previous month. The total number of detections in the first four months of 2017 fell 84% from the same period of last year to almost 47 000, even though Italy continued to see numbers higher than a year ago.

Central Mediterranean

16 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR, 16 May, 2017: The closing ceremony of training of the first batch of trainees of Skills Development Program (SDP) initiated under the United Nations’ Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme was held at Peshawar University on Tuesday.

The Chief Commissioner Afghan Refugees, Dr. Imran Zeb distributed certificates & toolkits among the leading trainees of all Institutes which implemented the SDP training.

16 May 2017 description

At 31 March 2017, there were 1,328 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,048 in immigration detention on the mainland and 280 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 544 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,063 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

16 May 2017 description


  • 7,020 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 14 May. During the week UNHCR and partners met and assisted only 30 new arrivals. For the first time this year, these did not include a single unaccompanied or separated child (UASC).

16 May 2017 description

53,912 arrivals by sea in 2017
1,316 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 16 May
363,401 arrivals in 2016

15 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 37,235 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 33% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (27,926). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions. Monthly arrivals increased in the spring: in April 2017, 12,943 refugees and migrants reached Italian shores.

15 May 2017 description


  • In April 2017, the average retail price of wheat, wheat flour and rice Irri-6 slightly decreased by 2.2%, 2.1% and 0.1%, respectively, while the price of rice Basmati slightly increased by 3.2% from the previous month (March 2017);

  • Headline inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) slightly increased by 1.4% from March 2017, whereas it has increased by 4.8% from the same month last year (April 2016);

15 May 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

2017: As of 14 May, 91,022 individuals have been displaced in Afghanistan so far in 2017 with 29 provinces recording some level of forced displacement. This represents a 40 percent decrease compared to those displaced during the same period in 2016 (152,841).

15 May 2017 description

2016 worst year for civilian deaths from explosive violence recorded in the last six years.

Since 2011, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been recording the global impact of explosive violence as reported in English language media.

In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world. As with previous years, civilians bore the burden of this explosive violence. Of those harmed, 70% were reported to be civilians – 32,088.

15 May 2017 description

Inside this Newsletter

  • FSAC achievements for quarter one 2017
  • FSAC partner’s response/presence map - 2017
  • FSAC proposal and report writing training (Jalalabad & Hirat)
  • Update on CHF 1st allocation 2017
  • Food security assessment in informal settlement of Kabul & Nangarhar
  • Detailed food security and livelihood assessment in east region
  • Early warning update
  • Afghanistan market price update
  • FSAC challenges and concerns
14 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 13, 2017 4:10 PM
Madeeha Anwar

Thousands of displaced Pashtu tribesmen in northwestern Pakistan have asked the government to ensure their return to their homes before the Muslim holy period of Ramadan begins this month.

About 2,400 tribal families from the Dande Darpakhel village in North Waziristan, which is part of a semiautonomous tribal region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), are living in temporary shelters with inadequate facilities.

13 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief speaks at UK Evaluation Society Conference

For Islamic Relief monitoring and evaluation is a vital aspect of our work which can dramatically improve – and often save – lives.

Hamayoon Sultan, Islamic Relief’s senior impact evaluation officer is speaking about the subject at the UK Evaluation Society Conference today.

Alongside André Clarke of Bond, the UK international development network, Hamayoon will discuss how NGOs can make better use of evaluations and share them more widely for greater impact.