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03 May 2016 description

UNHCR is deeply saddened by the tragic death of the refugee who sustained fatal burns during the incident at the Nauru refugee settlement last week. UNHCR had been on Nauru undertaking a monitoring mission in relation to arrangements in place for the asylum-seekers and refugees transferred from Australia, and three staff were present at the site of the incident, though the man had not been interviewed by UNHCR or doctors accompanying the mission.

03 May 2016 description

Widespread rains are expected across Somalia in the next three days. The northern regions of the country are expected to receive moderate to high rains, while in the central and southern regions the forecast points towards light to moderate rains.

The upper catchments of the Juba and Shabelle rivers are also expected to receive moderate to high rains within the same period. The river levels remain high in both Juba and Shabelle, with high risk of flooding along the Middle and Lower Shabelle; while in Middle and Lower Juba the risk of flooding is moderate.

03 May 2016 description

Greece - International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 184,546 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 1 May. Latest fatalities stand at 1,357, which includes reports of at least four deadly shipwrecks off Libya’s coast since last Friday (29 April). whose fatalities are estimated as 113 men, women and children according to witnesses who spoke to IOM staffers after arriving in Italy at Catania, Pozzallo, Lampedusa and Trapani

03 May 2016 description

Key Messages

The FSC partners have scaled up the level of food security responses in the last two months as a result of deepening of drought situation in Somaliland and Puntland and reported “hydrological” droughts along Middle and lower Shebelle river.

03 May 2016 description

Rainfall Update

  • Significant rains have been received in many areas of Somaliland especially in the western regions in the month of April

  • Light to moderate rains were recorded in Puntland in the last few days bringing an immediate relief to the dry and hot weather; however drought conditions are still apparent in the area

  • The rains are expected to improve the drought conditions in both Puntland and Somaliland

03 May 2016 description
  • As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.

03 May 2016 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Iraq, Somalia, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The update also reiterates key recommendations to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on Iraq as it concludes negotiations, and provides an update regarding the status of the Working Group’s consideration of the Secretary-General’s report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Central African Republic.

03 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government, Militants Threaten, Commit Violence Against Media

02 May 2016 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Monday 5/2/2016 - 22:54 GMT

The UN Security Council will travel to Somalia this month to show support for elections scheduled in August, Egypt's UN Ambassador and this month's council president, Amr Aboulatta, said Monday.

The 15 envoys will also travel to Nairobi during the May 17-21 trip and hold meetings in Cairo with the Arab League, Aboulatta said, presenting the program of work for the month.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

3,197,543
People affected by the conflict (in Yemen and adjacent countries), including refugees and internally displaced persons prior to and as a result of the current conflict.

2,755,916
Persons internally displaced prior to and as a result of the current conflict.

173,753
Arrivals to Djibouti, Ethiopia Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Sudan mainly by sea or overland since late March 2015.

02 May 2016 description

By: Oda Lykke Mortensen (24.03.2016)

Children out of school in Somalia face challenges and risks that may threat their future. With the Go to School project, funded by UNICEF, 450,000 children have been given education.

Children of Somalia see their history painted with memories of conflict.

As many areas are not secure, 1,133,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to live in safer parts of Somalia. Additionally, 1,105,618 have fled the country.

02 May 2016 description

ATHENS, Greece, May 2 (UNHCR) – All Yasin Osman Ibrahim and his three-year-old son Abdulrahman could do was watch in horror as more than 500 migrants and refugees drowned two weeks ago, in one of the Mediterranean's worst shipwrecks in modern history.

Clutching Abdulrahman to his chest, Yasin stood on the deck of a wooden boat as the sea swallowed hundreds aboard a sinking, overcrowded larger boat to which people smugglers were trying to transfer them.

02 May 2016 description

ASMARA, Eritrea, May 2 (UNHCR) – A group of 37 Somali refugees arrived in Slovakia from Eritrea on April 14 on their way for eventual resettlement in the United States, with the help of UNHCR, the Office of Refugee Affairs (ORA) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM).

The group takes the total of Somali refugees relocated this year to 281. They include 132 to Australia, 58 to Slovakia and 54 to Canada.