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GIEWS Country Brief: Saudi Arabia 27-October-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•Phasing out of wheat production continues

•Cereal import requirements forecast at high levels in 2014/15

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Somalia + 2 others
Report of the Secretary-General on Somalia (S/2014/699)

I. Introduction

  1. 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.
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World + 12 others
Protection of Refugee Children: In the Middle East and North Africa

Refugee children in the region suffer immensely as a result of conflict and displacement. The number of refugees has doubled in the last four years and more than half are children.

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Saudi Arabia donates $12 million to aid Palestinian refugees

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. ‎

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Yemen + 1 other
From Saudi Arabia to Yemen: the vulnerability of expelled work migrants

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.

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Yemen + 4 others
Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (September 2014) [EN/AR]

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. The return of Yemeni economic migrants from Saudi Arabia continues - nearly 700,000 had been expelled by July.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopian Workers Struggle After Repatriation from Saudi Arabia

Report
Voice of America

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.

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Madagascar + 23 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Update for September with a Forecast through Mid-November, 2014

SUMMARY

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.

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Sudan + 11 others
Desert Locust Bulletin 432 ( 2 October 2014) [EN/FR]

General Situation during September 2014 Forecast until mid-November 2014

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Saudi Arabia provides $ 1 million to UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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).

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Iraq + 1 other
WFP food assistance reaches over 1 million displaced people across Iraq

Despite the fact that displaced people are on the move and the ongoing fighting further complicates access, WFP has provided food assistance in 13 out of the 18 Iraqi governorates.

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Saudi Arabia promises $500 million for Gaza rebuilding

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:02 GMT
Author: Reuters

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah said on Thursday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to be around $4 billion over three years.

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Reuters - AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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World + 6 others
Gulf countries: growing aid powers

Report
IRIN

DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Following Saudi Arabia’s assistance, another 1860 displaced families received the donations on Sept. 6, 2014

These donation packages which also include wheat, rice, cooking oil, tea, gas balloon, and other items needed for a family, were distributed to the most vulnerable families after conducting a careful survey.

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Yemen + 1 other
Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2014)

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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to be characterised by conflict, political instability, extreme poverty, lack of basic services, weak rule of law, and impact of natural disasters. Consequently, an estimated 14.7 million people need some form of humanitarian aid. About 10.1 million live in governorates with high food insecurity and malnutrition. Humanitarian partners have scaled-up the response, but funding and access remain key challenges.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Iraq + 1 other
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement to the media, Sunday 14 September 2014

The restoration of salary payments, dispatching of medical supplies through the central system and resumption of the Public Distribution System for food will cover a significant part of the needs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Saudi Arabia aid distributed among 1800 families in Helmand

The assistance provided by Saudi Arabia has been distributed among more than 1800 displaced families in Helmand province.

In a statement released by the ministry for refugees and repatriation affairs yesterday said that the assistance includes seven food and non food items had been distributed among those people who had left their houses due to conflicts between militants and security forces in coordination between the ministry of refugees and repatriation and the Saudi Arabian Embassy to Kabul.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: Saudi Arabia grant to Iraq crisis (as of 9 Sep 2014)

A surge violence between government forces and armed groups have displaced more than 1.8 million people since January 2014 in Iraq. On 30 June, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced a grant of US$500 million to the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqi people from July 2014 to March 2015. This is the largest single grant to the UN for humanitarian operations.

By 9 September, $500 million has been disbursed and over 60% of it has been allocated. Programmes are now being implemented all across Iraq.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Saudi Arabia + 1 other
King Abdullah to host 1,000 Palestinians Hajj pilgrims

September 8, 2014

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will host 1,000 Palestinians of families of those killed by Israelis to perform Hajj at his own expense this year. The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh has expressed his appreciation to King Abdullah for his keenness that Palestinians perform the rituals of Islam. Sheikh Al-AsShaikh noted that that with this royal order, King Abdullah would have hosted 12,000 Palestinians of families of martyrs and prisoners.