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24 Aug 2016 description

Filippo Grandi says the Government continues to face serious challenges, particularly if EU countries do not step up relocation and family reunion programmes

By: Tania Karas

ATHENS, Greece – Greece still faces great challenges in managing its refugee crisis, particularly if European Union countries do not step up their relocation and family reunion programmes, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Wednesday during an official visit to the country.

24 Aug 2016 description

By Omar Waraich, 21 August 2016, 15:05 UTC

UNTIL recently, Pakistan was home to the largest refugee population. For decades, the country won much praise for giving sanctuary to vulnerable people who had to flee their homes. When far wealthier countries showed a callous indifference towards those people seeking safety — tightening border controls while pleading lack of capacity — the example of Pakistan shamed them.

24 Aug 2016 description

The tenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the WHO Director-General on 11 August 2016.

The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine­derived polioviruses (cVDPV).

23 Aug 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports that 269,244 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 August, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where 104,141 migrants or refugees have arrived during 2016.

This is slightly lower than the number recorded through 2015’s first eight months, when a total of 354,618 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, the majority from Turkey to Greece.

23 Aug 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 06:54 GMT

With glaciers melting faster in the face of climate change, flood risk is rising and early warnings will be key

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

23 Aug 2016 description
report UN News Service

Listen to the podcast

23 August 2016 – When he was 19, Mubin Shaikh, believed that “you could change the world overnight, and you could do it through violence.”

But the former-supporter of the Afghanistan-based Taliban extremist group, told UN Radio for its latest podcast, The Lid is On, that he realized a commitment to violence was a perversion of his religious faith that would be self-defeating, and he has some advice to young would-be terrorists today.

23 Aug 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 8/23/2016 - 07:11 GMT | 197 words

A hand grenade exploded Tuesday, wounding two school children, one critically, as they were playing with it in a remote northwestern Pakistani village, police said.

The incident took place a primary school in Dhob Darra of northwestern Upper Dir valley, where Taliban militants have been active.

Two children who came to school early found a grenade lying on the ground. They picked it up and started playing with it before removing its pin, senior police official Zahid Khan told AFP.

23 Aug 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • UN lauds Pakistan’s capacity in dealing with natural calamities

  • CDA to launch Monsoon Tree Planation Drive

  • NDMA chairman vows to protect schools from natural disasters

  • India funding terrorists in Balochistan

  • Pakistan has launched decisive action to eliminate terrorism

  • NACTA receives thousands of false informations about terrorism

  • Pakistan again invites India for Kashmir talks

22 Aug 2016 description
report Humedica

by BWO, 2016/08/19

Since August 2015 many thousands of refugees come to the vacation island of Lesbos in Greece. Hence the isle attracted international media attention, but still struggles to cope with the new challenges. humedica now assists to provide for the people in the camps.

21 Aug 2016 description

Unregistered refugees are falling between the cracks

21 Aug 2016 description

During 8-14 August, a total of 18,502 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan through Turkham and Spin Boldak borders of Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces according to the figures provided by the Border Monitoring Team of Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR). Out of this, 18,153 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 349 were deported individuals. In comparison with the first week of August, the return has decreased by 4% during 8-14 August.

20 Aug 2016 description

ZULFIQAR ALI

PESHAWAR: The United Nations Voluntary Repatriation Centre (VRC) in Peshawar is unable to cope with the unexpected surge in the number of repatriating Afghan refugees, who traveled from Punjab and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but got stuck for days due to the slow verification process.

20 Aug 2016 description
report Doctors Worldwide

We have had significant success in reducing the risks of mothers and babies dying during childbirth. In Pakistan, a significant number women in rural areas give birth at home. Our Traditional Birth Attendant training program teaches life saving midwifery skills which are then passed onto other women. To date, we have trained 206 TBAs in a catchment population area of 90,000.

19 Aug 2016 description

In the remote district of Deh Sabz in the central highlands, locals are eagerly awaiting the completion of a new village access road that will enable children to get to school faster and improve access to markets and healthcare facilities.

A Challenging Return

19 Aug 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports that 266,026 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 17 August, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where 101,507 migrants or refugees have arrived during 2016.

This total is slightly lower than the pace recorded through 2015’s first eight months, when a total of 354,618 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, the majority from Turkey to Greece.

IOM Rome reported on Thursday that some 730 migrants had been rescued in the Channel of Sicily since August 10, or about 100 per day.

19 Aug 2016 description

CDKN has undertaken a project to facilitate stakeholders in developing the heatwave management plan for Karachi, Pakistan. Syed Muhammad Abubakar, Knowledge Officer, CDKN Asia highlights how this project will initiate a process at the local level to help the development of the heatwave management plan, in coordination with and through the consensus of all stakeholders.

19 Aug 2016 description

Islamabad, 18 August 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Balochistan today signed a cost-sharing agreement worth PKR 100 million to provide assistance and support to impoverished areas which have experienced the social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979.

17 Aug 2016 description

GENEVA (17 August 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed deep regret at the failure of Indian and Pakistani authorities to grant the UN Human Rights Office access to Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir respectively, given grave concerns about recent allegations of serious human rights violations.

17 Aug 2016 description

August 16, 2016

Kabul- In order to compile and coordinate a single document regarding the issues relevant to Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan, as well as to discuss problems of Afghan asylum seekers in European Countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan arranged a meeting attended by representatives of the ministries of Refugees and Repatriations and Finance, UNAMA, UNHCR and IOM. This meeting was presided by the Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha.

17 Aug 2016 description

STUNTING in Pakistan is a tragedy of epic proportions; a tragedy that we can, and and must, overcome. Nearly half of Pakistan’s children — 44pc — suffer from stunted growth (National Nutrition Survey 2011). This is the third highest number of stunted children in the world.