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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 UN Migration Agency (IOM) inaugurated a substantial expansion of its Torkham Transit Center in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province for undocumented Afghan returnees from Pakistan on Sunday.

More than 55,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Pakistan between this year 01 January and 18 May- double the number of returns during the same period in 2016- the highest return year on record. IOM is expecting nearly 600,000 undocumented Afghans to return from Pakistan and Iran by the end of 2017.

21 May 2017 description

FAIZ MUHAMMADUPDATED

CHARSADDA: In a series of attacks, assailants threw grenades at a school and planted explosive devices in four homes of Shabqadar tehsil, wounding at least 14 people on Friday night, said police.

Police officials said explosive devices planted in the Mosal Koroona area of Saro police station division blew off at night, leaving at least 11 people injured. The explosion created panic in the area.

Security forces and personnel of paramilitary Swat Scouts rushed to the spot after the incident and shifted the injured to a hospital.

20 May 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

As part of the ongoing reconciliation process, 26 militants belonging to various outlawed militant groups surrendered their weapons to authorities in Balochistan's Khuzdar district on Friday.

“More militants will surrender before the authorities in the days to come," Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar had said on April 21, when 434 militants submitted their weapons and surrendered to the authorities.

19 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 54,715 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 17 May, with nearly 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 189,950 arrivals across the region through 17 May 2016

IOM Rome reported that, through 17 May this year, 45,754 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy, and over 8,500 – or nearly one fifth of this year’s total – have arrived over the past two weeks. (See chart below.)

19 May 2017 description

In April 2017, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,888 deaths and injuries caused by explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media.

Civilians accounted for 62% (1,794) of these deaths and injuries.

This represents a slight decrease in the percentage of civilians killed or injured compared to March 2017. This is due to the rise in explosive violence targeting armed actors, such as state militaries and police.

19 May 2017 description

The situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is reportedly returning to normalcy as the internally displaced persons are returning to their homes and peace has prevailed, but life remains difficult for them due to the lack of basic facilities.

According to the NWA General Officer Commanding Maj Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat, who hosted journalists for a briefing on the area's overall situation on Thursday, all no-go areas have been cleared by the Army and 80 per cent of the people displaced from the areas have now been resettled.

18 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting next week in Geneva, Switzerland. Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world will convene to discuss global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio. Delegates are anticipated to review current status against each of the four objectives of the Polio Endgame Plan, including reviewing a report requested by the Executive Board (EB) in January 2017 on issues related to transition planning.

17 May 2017 description

Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.

17 May 2017 description

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.

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.

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.

12 May 2017 description
report IRIN

Nadia Naviwala
PEHLWAN/PAKISTAN, 12 May 2017

In the village of Pehlwan, in the mountains of northern Pakistan, two schools have been under construction for more than a decade since being destroyed by an earthquake. They both still lack roofs.

“There's no place for students and teachers to sit. We can teach on warm days, but not when it rains,” said Hussain Shah, a teacher. “By November, we get snow. Until April, even May, it's freezing.”

12 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 53,386 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 10 May, with nearly 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with last year’s 187,970 arrivals across the region through 10 May 2016.

IOM Rome said, through 10 May, nearly 8,000 migrants or refugees have arrived in Italy, or nearly 1,000 men, women and children per day, a pace considerably ahead of both May 2015 and 2016. (See chart below).