Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Tuesday 8/30/2016 - 18:13 GMT
by Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali
Some 800 African migrants and a group of smugglers were arrested near Sudan's border with Libya while trying to reach Europe between June and August, security officers told reporters Tuesday.
Between June 27 and August 16, security forces arrested 816 African migrants attempting to enter Libya, senior army and police officers said.
They included 347 Eritreans, 130 Ethiopians and 90 Sudanese.
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM/DHAKA, 30 August 2016 – UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world’s access to water, the UN children’s agency stressed that the opportunity cost of lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women.
Note from PILAC
Some 350 representatives from UN, Government and intergovernmental organisations, Red Cross, NGOs, donors and foundations, military, relief agencies and the private sector involved in the delivery of aid relief will gather in Washington D.C. for the Global Disaster Relief Summit next week.
DAKAR – Alors que les cours reprennent cet automne, plus de 1,3 million d’enfants à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale risquent de ne pas bénéficier des repas scolaires du Programme alimentaire mondial étant donné que les contraintes financières obligent l’agence de l’O.N.U. – qui est le plus grand sponsor de cette initiative - à en réduire la portée.
Food prices have spiked since the violence in Juba. It is the peak of the lean season and prices are more than ten times the five-year average. Inflation is now above 660% and the highest in the world. In Wau, the spike in prices will further restrict food access for households already facing Emergency food security (IPC Phase 4): households will likely move into Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) in the coming weeks. Food prices have spiked since the violence in Juba.
NAIROBI, 22 AUGUST 2016 – The fight against malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa requires more investment and collaboration across multiple sectors, UNICEF and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) said today at the opening of the Public Financing and Managing Results for Better Nutrition in SUN African Countries, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 22 to 25 August. Despite some progress, nearly 55 million children under five years of age are stunted in the Region.
DAKAR – As schools resume this autumn, more than 1.3 million children across West and Central Africa risk missing out on school meals from the World Food Programme (WFP), as widening financial constraints force the United Nations agency – the top sponsor of such initiatives – to reduce its reach.
Germany - In 2015 and the first half of 2016, over 6,600 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean after their boats capsized while trying to reach Europe. The crisis is ongoing.
A new report: Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis, authored by the University of York, City University London and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, shows that many of the bodies are never identified, and families at home face never finding out what has happened to their loved ones.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 272,070 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 28 August, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where 106,461 migrants and refugees have arrived during 2016.
This total is lower than the number recorded through 2015’s first eight months, when a total of 354,618 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, the majority from Turkey to Greece.
Mediterranean fatalities among migrants and refugees stood at 3,165 through last weekend, or 509 more than IOM reported through 2015’s first eight months.
30 August 2016, Mediterranean Sea – On Monday, the Search and Rescue boat Dignity I, run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), contributed to the rescue of around 3,000 people drifting in about 20 rubber dinghies and several wooden boats, one of which carried between 600-700 people, in the central Mediterranean.
Croatia - IOM has concluded its one-year EUR 756,000 emergency response project launched in September 2015 to help Croatia cope with an influx of migrants and refugees trying to reach western Europe.
The project, funded by the Council of Europe Development Bank through its Migrant and Refugee Fund, supported the government’s crisis response and provided direct assistance and protection to migrants and refugees.
Asia Pacific Shows Progress in Water Security, But Challenges Remain – ADB
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Water security in Asia and Pacific has progressed overall in the past 5 years, but major challenges remain, including overexploited groundwater, demand from rising populations, and climate variability, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
New 3 million CAD grant will strengthen health sector’s disaster and emergency preparedness and increase resilience to climate change
Bridgetown, Barbados, 29 August 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — The Government of Canada has announced a grant of 3 million Canadian dollars (CAD) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its Member States in the Caribbean reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters by improving preparedness and making the health sector more resilient to climate change.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Serbia continued to host around 4,400 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Over 80% of them were accommodated in governmental facilities, including 1,340 in the five Asylum Centres and 2,216 in Refugee Aid Points/Reception Centres.
The Red Cross Red Crescent this weekend called for greater investment in community resilience so vulnerable families can better face future challenges, including disease outbreaks.
This UN-Water Analytical Brief analyses the central role of water and sanitation to describe the links and interdependencies between the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and those of other Goals. It aims to stimulate United Nations Member States’ consideration of the water-related linkages within the Goals to facilitate an integrated approach to implementation.
Droughts combined with population growth, a lack of sustainable land and water management, natural disasters, political conflicts and tensions and other factors have resulted in massive population movements across Africa.
Displacement in Africa is the result of a multitude of causes including struggles for political power, communal violence, disputes over land, floods, storms and other such natural hazards. More than half of the world’s fragile states are in sub-Saharan Africa, and some of these states have the largest numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs).