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30 Aug 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Magdalena Mis

STOCKHOLM, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Africa must harvest its rain to cope with droughts and irrigate crops for a "green revolution" to feed its growing population, experts told a global water conference in the Swedish capital.

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30 Aug 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 22:01 GMT

A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Saturday.

"A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine ministry said in a statement.

Greek port police and officials from the EU border agency Frontex managed to halt and board the boat.

29 Aug 2015 description

GINEBRA, 27 de agosto de 2015 (ACNUR) - Con alrededor de 60 millones de personas desplazadas forzosamente a nivel mundial y las travesías en embarcaciones precarias por el Mediterráneo en los titulares de los periódicos casi a diario, se está volviendo cada vez más común ver los términos ‘refugiado’ y ‘migrante’ intercambiados en el discurso mediático y público. Pero, ¿hay una diferencia entre ellos? ¿Y esa diferencia es importante?

29 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:40 GMT
Author: Reuters

TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Three people have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday.

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29 Aug 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 18:18 GMT

A razor-wire barrier along Hungary's border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, has been completed, the Hungarian defence ministry said on Saturday.

"Two days before the August 31 deadline, the first section of the border closure has been completed," the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency MTI.

29 Aug 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Italy is responding to the appeal by the Serbian authorities, who are faced with a significant influx of refugees arriving from the Middle East and heading for northern Europe. Italian Development Cooperation has arranged funding of 100,000 euro for the Serbian Red Cross for initial assistance activities.

29 Aug 2015 description

1. About These Guidelines

Purpose of These Guidelines

The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist humanitarian actors and communities affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions for the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence (GBV) across all sectors of humanitarian response.

29 Aug 2015 description

28 AUGUST 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today said the true legacy of Hurricane Katrina, America’s costliest hurricane disaster, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide. In a statement issued to mark the 10th anniversary of the category 5 hurricane which claimed over 1,800 lives and inundated 80% of New Orleans, Ms. Wahlström said:

29 Aug 2015 description


The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:

I am horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe. Yesterday saw the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Reports indicate that many of the victims were Syrian asylum seekers — including children.

29 Aug 2015 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, observed on 30 August:

Victims of enforced disappearances are deprived of their liberty, kept in secret detention and seldom released. Often their fate remains unknown; they are frequently tortured and in constant fear of being killed. Even if they are eventually set free, the physical and psychological scars stay with them for the rest of their lives. The victims’ families and loved ones also suffer immense anguish.

28 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - On Thursday, Austrian police opened the back of a truck abandoned on the side of a motorway to find the bodies of 71 migrants. They had suffocated after paying smugglers to transport them across the border from neighbouring Hungary. The bodies were so decomposed it took a day to determine the number of dead.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Guardian

Continent is on the way to finally being rid of the disease, but violent conflicts, particularly in Somalia and Nigeria, pose threat to immunisation programme

Africa has achieved a year without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, but experts warn that violent insurgencies could yet prove their “achilles heel” in finally eradicating the disease.

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28 Aug 2015 description

Despite widespread investments in child poverty reduction, the way in which child poverty is measured presents a narrow and partial picture. Current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using monetary indicators as a proxy to capture other areas of deprivation. This limits the understanding of underlying causes that keep children trapped in poverty and what needs to be done to reduce all forms of child poverty.

28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

28 Aug 2015 description

Le septième numéro du Bulletin d’information IPC met en évidence des initiatives importantes et les majeurs développements au niveau mondial, parmi eux : un aperçu du 3ème Evénement Global de l’IPC, organisé dans le cadre de l' Expo Milano 2015, la nouvelle Stratégie d'assurance de la qualité, conformité et apprentissage de l'IPC de l’IPC, le prototype de l’Analyse Indicative IPC, et le partenariat renforcé entre l'IPC et la Commission Européenne.

28 Aug 2015 description

The seventh issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and developments undertaken at global level, among them: insights from the 3rd IPC Global Event, held in the framework of the EXPO Milano 2015, the new IPC Quality Assurance, Compliance and Learning Strategy, the prototype IPC Indicative Analysis, and the strengthened partnership between IPC and the European Commission.

This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description

Italy - IOM’s Chief of Mission for Libya, Othman Belbeisi, reported today on the latest deaths from that country’s coastal waters. “We are still waiting for more details, but we have learned there were 400 migrants on one of two boats; 100 have already been rescued - nine of them women, and two girls,” Belbeisi explained.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of 71 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary.

"This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.