- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue 02 | 01 - 30 September 2015
- Shelter & NFI Needs Assessment, August 2015
- OHCHR Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 May-15 Aug 2015
Appeals & Funding
Amid the fighting in eastern Ukraine, high levels of gender-based violence continue to be reported in the conflict area, including sexual violence. Moreover, women in Ukraine are often excluded at a decision-making level, as well as from the military response to the crisis.
Kiev/Lugansk (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is scaling up its activities in Ukraine, in particular in the opposition-held territory of Lugansk Region, after having suspended them for more than a month.
Registration/accreditation requirements for UN and NGOs operating in non-government-controlled areas continue to hamper the delivery of critically urgent humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected areas and, on 23 September, the de facto authorities in Luhansk requested the immediate departure of all international humanitarian organisations.
Conflict has made life hard for everyone in eastern Ukraine, but older people suffer more than most. The ICRC is distributing food wherever possible, but living on a front line remains a grim experience for an elderly person.
Kominternove is a small village in the war-torn Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. It lies in the no-man's land between the military positions of the two parties to the conflict. To move in or out of the village, civilians have to go through the checkpoints of one side or the other, which is complicated and dangerous.
FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANALYSIS OF EASTERN BORDERS FOR Q2
Ukrainians accounted for the biggest share of the 1 400 illegal border crossings on the Europe’s eastern borders in the second quarter of this year, but only 10 cases were related to irregular migration, according to Frontex’s Eastern European Borders Quarterly report.
The rest of the illegal crossings by the citizens of Ukraine were in large part linked to smuggling.
This report is for the media and general public.
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by the parties and security considerations. The situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions was relatively calm, although the SMM heard several explosions. In Luhansk region, the SMM received further withdrawal plans. Verification of withdrawal stipulated in the Addendum to the Package of measures was not scheduled for the reporting period.*
UNFPA’s humanitarian response addresses gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of the most vulnerable women and young people in the regions most affected by the conflict.
Helping refugees suffering from trauma is not an impossible task
Latest asylum trends and main countries of origin........................2
Five Years of EASO: Results and Perspectives................................4
EASO call for experts to assist in Italy and Greece.........................4
Kick-off meeting of the COI Specialist Network on the Ukraine....5
EASO publishes COI report on Pakistan.........................................5
Conference on Home Affairs Funds...............................................6
EASO reports to the European Parliament on the hotspots..........6
Protection at the heart of humanitarian action
Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
A healthcare lobby group is arguing for the destruction of 3.7 million polio vaccines donated to Ukraine by the UN, despite the risk (pdf) that a new outbreak of the disease could spread across the country and into the EU.
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by the parties and security considerations. The situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions was relatively calm, although the SMM heard over a dozen explosions and sporadic small-arms fire. The SMM monitored the withdrawal of tanks required under the Addendum to the Package of measures in Luhansk region.
Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall cross-border traffic decreased at both BCPs. A thirty-ninth Russian Convoy crossed the Donetsk BCP.
OM’s staff composition
Written by: Corinne Reilly
Although Ukraine has made important reforms since its 2014 revolution, change is coming at a pace far slower than civil society organizations and Western governments had hoped, including in key areas such as the economy, political and judicial corruption and government decentralization, according to a group of experts who met Sept. 28 in Kiev.
WHO has an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences. An Emergency Response Framework (ERF) was developed to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities in this regard and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies. Ultimately, the ERF requires WHO to act with urgency and predictability to best serve and be accountable to populations affected by emergencies. ERF describes WHO’s internal grading process for emergencies.
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by the parties and security considerations. The situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained calm, but the SMM heard a few explosions and sporadic small-arms fire. The SMM monitored the withdrawal of tanks required under the Addendum to the Package of measures in Luhansk region.
Afghanistan: The humanitarian situation in Kunduz is deteriorating as fighting for control of the city continues. Aid organisations have withdrawn, after a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital was bombed in an airstrike, killing 22 and injuring 37.
Burundi: At least eight civilians were killed in Bujumbura over the weekend as political violence persists, and people continue to flee. Some 128,000 people are reliant on food assistance: in some of the areas affected by insecurity, food prices are up to 95% higher than average.
52% of Internally Displaced People are in Donetsk and Luhansk regions
59% of Internally Displaced People are pensioners
13% of Internally Displaced People are children
4% of Internally Displaced People are disabled
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