2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.
Yemen - During the month of October, IOM recorded 25,940 Yemeni returnees at the Al-Tuwal border crossing point between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The crossing is about 10km north of Haradh in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate.
Field teams operating from IOM’s Haradh sub-office distributed water and food to 24,144 of the returnees on arrival and provided 4,508 of them with non-food items, mostly clothing and medicines. Medical assistance was provided to 1,989 individuals and serious cases diagnosed by IOM doctors were referred to public hospitals.
Erbil/ IRAQ— More than 40 babies are being born to internally displaced families every day in Duhok governorate within Kurdistan Region, shows official statistics.
According to Duhok Health Directorate figures, approximately 2,707 newborns to internally displaced families were registered in two months.
Amid reports today from Obock, Djibouti, that at least 30 more people have died attempting to cross the Gulf of Aden, IOM has dispatched a team to investigate and aid survivors, if any.
Following the biggest loss of life since March in a deadly shipwreck in the Gulf of Aden on 20 October, when 26 migrants drowned, IOM Djibouti has been sheltering eight survivors and providing them with necessary psychological and medical assistance.
In Implementation of the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, a second Saudi humanitarian relief lane left Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport today for Afghanistan carrying 194.5 ton of relief supplies, including 94.4 ton of food. The consignment includes tents, blankets, and rugs.
Continuing fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has caused limited displacement of people and shut down schools. Humanitarian access to affected areas is difficult because of security concerns. In Sana’a, recent fighting caused grave violations against children. During October, a record number of migrants from the Horn of Africa died at sea.
Situation Générale en octobre 2014 Prévision jusqu'à’mi-décembre 2014
Une résurgence s’est développée en octobre au Soudan où des opérations intensives de lutte aérienne et terrestre ont été menées contre des bandes larvaires et des groupes d’ailés.
Saudi Ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Saleh, today handed over the Kingdom's annual contribution of $2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Dr. Al-Saleh said that the Kingdom's contribution came upon directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for supporting the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
A Saudi cargo plane laden with relief supplies arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday evening for needed Afghans. The embassy said the charitable action is being done in implementation of directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to meet the needs of Afghans.
The shipment included 1,000 tens, 4,000 food packages, 200 carpets and 500 blankets.
General Situation during October 2014 Forecast until mid-December 2014
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•Phasing out of wheat production continues
•Cereal import requirements forecast at high levels in 2014/15
- The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 15 of Security Council resolution 2158 (2014), in which the Council requested me to keep it informed of the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) every 120 days. The report covers major developments that occurred from 1 May to 31 August 2014.
Saudi Arabia donated $12 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help affected Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The donation was announced today in a statement issued by the Saudi Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
Severe poverty often drives workers to seek employment abroad. Yet, in some cases migrants are vulnerable to exploitation and deportation, which can put their very lives at risk. Our partner at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) tells the story of destitute migrant workers who were expelled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen.
September saw political turmoil and an outbreak of conflict in Sana'a claiming some 274 lives and leaving 470 wounded. Beyond treating casualties, protection needs, psychosocial counselling and a need for removal of explosive remnants of war there was limited humanitarian need resulting from the conflict. Despite the uncertain political situation in Yemen there has been a marked increase in the influx of migrants and refugees from Africa - in excess of 10,500 people in August.
Marthe van der Wolf
ADDIS ABABA— More than 160,000 Ethiopians working in Saudi Arabia were expelled last year and sent back home due to new stricter labor regulations in the kingdom. Those forcibly repatriated are doing their best to adjust, but are having difficulty making ends meet.
Nine of the repatriated Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia are running a chicken business on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The government provided them with poultry training and the premises.
The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.
Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Faisal Trad announced the Kingdom's donation of one million dollars for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).