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23 Mar 2017 description

"The approach of our government in terms of welcoming (asylum seekers) and the political context in the United States have all been contributing factors"

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of asylum seekers arrested while crossing over from the United States into Canada has sharply risen this year, following a crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugees, official data showed.

22 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar

• USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique

• Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Mar 2017 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 2017 17:7 DOI: 10.1186/s12914-017-0116-4© The Author(s). 2017

Received: 17 September 2016 Accepted: 11 March 2017 Published: 20 March 2017

Waleed M. Sweileh

Abstract

20 Mar 2017 description

PORT SUDAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), today welcomed the second of two recent shipments carrying urgently required food assistance for Sudan and South Sudan.

17 Mar 2017 description

FEATURE

Iraq

AFFECTED AREAS Mosul district, Salahuddin governorate

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict

FIGURES About 43,000 new displacements between January and 5 March

CONTEXT

17 Mar 2017 description

SG/SM/18466

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

We have just seen the blueprint of the 2018 budget released by the White House. The budgetary process in the [United States] is complex and lengthy, and it needs to be completed. The Secretary-General is grateful for the support the United States has given to the United Nations over the years as the Organization’s largest financial contributor.

17 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USG partners continue response to Critical and Extreme Critical levels of malnutrition in northeastern Nigeria

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 1 million people in northeastern Nigeria with emergency food assistance in February

  • Conflict displaces nearly 9,100 people in Borno between February 24 and March 14

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16 Mar 2017 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.

“The question is not if human lives will be lost as a result of President Trump’s decision to slash spending on foreign aid and diplomacy; the question is how many and how soon,” warned Joel Charny, NRC’s Director in the United States.

15 Mar 2017 description

15 March 2017 – “There is still suffering and much pain - but what keeps us going on is our courage to hope and our continued resilience.” These are the words of Lola Mousa, who originally hails from the countryside near the city of Homs in Syria.

15 Mar 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The United States could resettle no-one from Australia's offshore immigration centres and still argue it has honoured its deal with the Turnbull Government, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

But DFAT maintains that it expects the United States will take in large numbers of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, as part of the deal brokered in the closing weeks of the Obama administration.

14 Mar 2017 description

By Brigitte Leoni

MEXICO, 14 March, 2017 - Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA, 200 Mexican troops crossed the US border outside Laredo, Texas, and made their way towards San Antonio. It was the first time a Mexican army contingent had entered Texas since the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

13 Mar 2017 description

Work is underway to show the economic benefits of investing to make cities and communities more resilient

By Megan Rowling

NEW ORLEANS, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After Hurricane Sandy battered New York in 2012, American entrepreneur Ramsey Green and his partners came up with an innovative way to protect houses from extreme weather - one that would also be affordable for their occupants.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today.

12 Mar 2017 description
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Family Separation Backgrounder

Over the past five years, the United States has seen a shift in the demographics of migrants encountered at our borders—from a majority of adult males, often from Mexico, seeking employment, to families, children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles fleeing together, seeking protection in the United States, coming mostly from Central America. Tragically, U.S.

11 Mar 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus since 2015 (Figure 1). In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

Highlighted below is a summary of the epidemiological situation by sub-regions.

North America

10 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN declares Yemen the largest food security emergency in the world

  • Persistent fighting along the western coast displaces more than 48,000 people in Ta’izz Governorate

  • Insecurity at ports and overland transportation routes blocks medical supplies and other humanitarian assistance

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10 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FGoS declares a national disaster for drought in Somalia

  • Somalia HCT releases Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • GoK, USG declare disasters for drought and food insecurity in Kenya

  • UN Secretary-General calls for urgent scale-up in international assistance

  • USG commits additional $131 million for relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

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