IRINGA, 22 September 2016 – The Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs Dr. Harrison George Mwakyembe (MP) launched the decentralized births and deaths registration system for the under-five cohort in Iringa and Njombe Regions, today. The exercise will benefit more than 200,000 under-five children in these two regions, reducing the backlog of unregistered children and establishing a system for registering all new births in the regions.
Rural communities of Cunene and Huila provinces have food stocks for less than 6 weeks.
400,000 people are estimated to be in need of food and inkind assistance;
High school drop-outs are increasing due to lack of water and transhumance over the past two months.
585,000 People targeted for humanitarian assistance
KARACHI: At least 8.3 million children aged five or less would be targeted in the six-day polio campaign being launched on Monday (today) in Sindh, officials said on Sunday.
Of the children, they added, some 2.2 million would be targeted in Karachi.
“We have a perfect opportunity to eradicate polio in Sindh,” said the coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre for polio in Sindh. He said for more than four months all environment samples of Sindh were negative, which was a ‘huge success’.
Hungary: Appalling treatment of asylum-seekers a deliberate populist ploy
Thousands of asylum-seekers – including unaccompanied children – are suffering violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention at the hands of Hungary’s authorities and a system blatantly designed to deter them, Amnesty International has revealed in a new report.
The nutritional situation in Chad remains worrying. 112,230 children under five with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were admitted into therapeutic care from January to July 2016, reaching 63% of the revised annual target (193,943). This is 21% more cases of SAM than in the same period in 2015 (87,860). Kanem and Bahr El Gazal Regions are particularly affected as by July they have surpassed their annual target by 106% and 118% respectively.
Participants in the regional technical consultation on agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa, held from 19 to 21 September 2016, in Lomé, Togo, draw the following conclusions:
1. As part of preparations for the agro-pastoral season, States and their partners provided support to farmers with inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) and agricultural equipment, even if these efforts have not met the expressed needs.
Relatively well-distributed rainfall in most of the region with above normal in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
Normal availability of pastures in the pastoral areas of the region.
Increase in the number of food and nutrition insecure people in North East Nigeria, including 65,095 people in phase 5 (famine)
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday delivered life-saving food assistance to besieged families in the Four Towns of Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib as part of a joint interagency convoy with UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
This is the first time that food and humanitarian supplies have reached these areas since April.
NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$6 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide vital food assistance to more than 100,000 people monthly for four months in Yemen.
Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin signed an agreement on Thursday on the side lines of UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
BOGOTÁ, 26 September 2016 – UNICEF welcomes today’s official signing of a final accord between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP, the country’s largest armed opposition group, to end Colombia’s five-decade war and build sustainable and long-lasting peace.
“For the thousands of children affected by the conflict in Colombia, the signing of this agreement couldn’t have come soon enough,” said Roberto de Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Colombia, speaking from the signing ceremony in Cartagena. “Today peace prevails – at long last.”
The State of Emergency has been extended to 15 October 2016 in Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces.
3,279 children in 14 schools received essential educational and recreational materials in Pedernales in collaboration with Plan International.
Upwards of 4,000 people (80% of inhabitants) now have access to safe water thanks to the UNICEF donation of a pumping station in Flavio Alfaro.
Baghdad, 19 September 2016. The Debaga IDP camp in Erbil governorate hosts around 33,000 persons from villages near Qayyara District in Ninewa Governorate. This displacement occurred as the Iraq Government engages in military action in preparation to regain control of Mosul. Over 15,000 children in Debaga camp were at very high risk of measles and polio due as they had no access to immunization activities for about two years
As the displacement crisis in Yemen continues, humanitarian organisations and UN agencies working with IDPs, returnees and host communities in Yemen call on the donor community to better respond to the ongoing shelter crisis. Currently the Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster remains only 7% funded, which impacts upon the overall response capacity of the cluster and leaves countless vulnerable people without support.
GENEVA (26 September 2016) – Reducing violence against women and promoting gender equality are two underused tools in bridging fragmented and divided communities and achieving peace, said United Nations human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović, at the end of her first official visit* to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory/State of Palestine.
• UN and partners appeal for US$ 10.7 million to provide relief in Sirt
• WHO keeps delivering medical supplies and lifesaving medicines to major cities in Libya
• Lack of liquidity, shortage of gas, fuel, and price hikes remain the major problems in Derna
• UNICEF responds to the recruitment of children in armed groups
Humanitarian situation in areas affected by ongoing armed conflict
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly
Date: 23 September 2016
Subject: (1) Yemen
We note with deep concern the sharp increase in civilian casualties since the suspension of peace talks, with 180 people killed and 268 injured in August. This represents a 40 per cent increase compared to the civilian casualties the previous month, with 60 killed and 123 injured.
Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 25 Sep 2016): 166,347
Total arrivals in Greece during Sep 2016:2,603
Average daily arrivals during Sep 2016: 104
Average daily arrivals during Aug 2016: 111
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Sep 2016: 1,394
Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
142 dead - 51 missing (31 July 2016)
- Greece: IOM has completed the installation of communication containers in six sites/ camps where IOM has permanent presence (three in Attica and three in Northern Greece).