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A Sign of Things to Come? Examining four major climate-related disasters, 2010-2013, and their impacts on food security


Four recent extreme weather events – the 2010 heat wave in Russia, the flooding in Pakistan in the same year, the 2010–2011 drought in East Africa and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 – were notable for their intensity, duration, and impacts on livelihoods and food security.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Russian Federation 15-September-2014

Food Security Snapshot

  • The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest estimated at a near-record level
  • Exports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast at a record level
  • Export wheat prices continue to decline
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Spot report by the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk (OM), 13 September 2014

Russian convoy of 220 vehicles entered Ukraine through the Donetsk Border Crossing Point

This report is for media and the general public


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New lives for landmine survivors

Islamic Relief

An Islamic Relief livelihoods project is enabling Chechen child landmine survivors to build brighter futures.

Conflict between Russia and Chechnya saw 35,000 hectares of land in the Chechen Republic contaminated with landmines and other explosives. Children and young people are particularly vulnerable, with hundreds of child casualties recorded in the last decade.

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Russian Emergencies Ministry plane to deliver humanitarian aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government an Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane has taken off from Ramenskoye airport to the airport in Sarajevo. Humanitarian assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina is provided in connection with this-year devastating flood. The Ministry’s plane is carrying over 38 tonnes of goods, mostly foodstuffs.

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Ukraine's displaced just want to go home

09/11/2014 03:05 GMT


MARIUPOL, September 11, 2014 (AFP) - For the Ukrainians who have fled the war zones of the east, life has become a grim daily grind of battling red tape and trying to find food, jobs and shelter.

"Most of all, we want to go home back to Lugansk," sighed Vasiliy as he cradled his three-month-old baby daughter Camilla at a municipal welfare office in the southeastern port city of Mariupol.

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Support for the Uprooted

By David Tereshchuk*

September 9, 2014—As the Ukraine crisis deepens and gets more complex, hundreds of thousands of ordinary civilians have found their lives thrown into upheaval.

Whether with the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March this year or the later fighting in the eastern cities of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and Luhansk, families have been forced to flee their homes, leaving everything behind.

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Mounting evidence of war crimes and Russian involvement


Ukrainian militia and separatist forces are responsible for war crimes, Amnesty International said today. The organisation accused Russia of fuelling separatist crimes as it revealed satellite images indicating a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine.

Despite a fragile cease-fire, the situation on the ground remains fraught with danger and Amnesty International calls on all parties, including Russia, to stop violations of the laws of war.

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Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons 22 August - 04 September 2014


 Almost 260,000 persons are displaced throughout Ukraine as of 1 September. 94% come from eastern Ukraine.

 At least 143,000 have fled in the past three weeks due to the intensified fighting in eastern regions.

 The number of Ukrainians applying for international protection reached 121,190 in the Russian Federation and 4,106 across the EU.

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For Displaced Ukrainians, A Troubled Return To School

By Claire Bigg, Melanie Batchina and Igor Gogin

Eduard Leontiyev is gearing up for the first day of school in Ulyanovsk, his new home city.

The teenager moved to this Russian industrial city, 700 kilometers east of Moscow, last month after fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine with his parents and four siblings.

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Number of displaced inside Ukraine more than doubles since early August to 260,000

"If this crisis is not quickly stopped, it will have not only devastating humanitarian consequences but it also has the potential to destabilize the whole region," says UNHCR chief.

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Statelessness: Hoping to acquire a nationality and put down roots

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 1 (UNHCR) – Three years ago, Railya Abulkhanova told a UNHCR film crew that she felt like a tumbleweed. "It rolls . . . with the breeze it rolls away. That is what it is. That is statelessness," she said in the story-telling series interview. "And me; I want to put down roots," Railya added.

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Minister Vladimir Puchkov takes part in meeting of Governmental Commission on summing up relief operations in Far East

The commission discussed completion of construction and capital repairs of houses for the people affected by the last-year flood. Earlier in the day Minister Puchkov together with Yuri Trutnev, Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District and Oleg Kozhemyako, Governor of the Amur Region inspected new houses built for these who had lost their homes in the flood. At the moment the contractors are finishing planting trees in private yards and building additional infrastructure.

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Caritas aids families fleeing into Russia


In western Russia, diocesan Caritas members are helping mothers and children who have fled Ukraine. Caritas South of Russia (Diocese of Saratov) is now appealing for €90,000 to respond to the influx of refugees.

Thousands of people escaped fighting in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk and have found shelter in the Rostov region of Russia. Caritas will give families food parcels (including special nutrition packs for children), hygiene materials and bedding.

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Vladimir Puchkov gives keys of new flats to Amur Region residents affected by last year's flood

Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov, who is today on a working trip in the Far Eastern Federal District, has checked the progress of repairs and construction in the Amur Region after a 2013 flood.

Together with Yuri Trutnev, Vice-Chairman of the RF Government and Presidential Plenipotentiary, the Minister inspected houses constructed for the residents of the Amur Region and visited construction sites in the villages of Ivanovka and Sosnovy Bor.

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Ukraine Situation report No. 8 as of 22 August 2014


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons, 22 August 2014


  • As of 20 August, the number of IDPs is estimated to have reached 190,000.

  • IDPs from eastern Ukraine now make up 92% of the total number of displaced.

  • UNHCR is concerned by the attack on a convoy of people attempting to leave Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.

  • UNHCR is concerned by the increasing number of casualties, OHCHR estimates that as of 13 August the death toll has increased to 2,119.