UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened at the news of another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, which may have left up to 146 people dead or missing.
In the past two days, rescuers have picked up more than 1,100 migrants at sea
- Humanitarian ship picked up survivor on Tuesday - IOM
- Some 1,100 migrant rescues made in two days
- Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied minors
By Steve Scherer
ROME, March 29 (Reuters) - A rubber boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean and the presumed sole survivor - a 16-year-old Gambian boy - told rescuers he believed all other passengers drowned, the International Migration Organization (IOM) said on Wednesday.
The devastating drought currently ravaging Somalia is threatening the lives of 607 thousand pregnant women around the country. More than 130 thousands of them may require critical and urgent assistance. Somalia already has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world (732) and one out of every 22 women is likely to die due to pregnancy or childbirth-related causes during her life course.
About 6.2 million people in Somalia are presently in need of humanitarian assistance, including 3.3 million people require immediate access to emergency health services and hygiene.
Syrian government officials and opposition forces reached a deal this week to evacuate residents from four besieged towns: Foah and Kafraya, encircled by opposition fighters, and Madaya and Zabadani, surrounded by Syrian government forces and their allies. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has long documented the devastating health effects of sieges on civilian populations in places like Madaya. The organization said today this plan to force civilians from their homes – while appearing to bring relief – may constitute forcible displacement, an illegal strategy of warfare.
Bidibidi Camp, Uganda—Grace sits staring vacantly ahead, her hands tightly clasped in her lap. She is 16 years old but has a tiny frame that makes her look no older than 13. Underneath her checkered school dress, a small bump sticks out. In four months’ time, she is due to give birth to her stepfather’s child. He raped her after soldiers attacked her village in South Sudan and her mother ran away to escape the shooting.
This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator, United Nations System in Cuba. It covers the period from March 3, 14:00 to 14:00 to March 16 (local time). The next report will be issued on or around March 30, 2017.
The hurricane destroyed 67% of the forest heritage in the province of Guantanamo and the cocoa, coconut, and coffee plantations – main sources of livelihood in the region – suffered severe damages.
The authorities in Gogrial have been praised by the most senior UN official in South Sudan for closing seven road blocks in the state, a move which has facilitated both trade and enabled humanitarian access.
1. The present report is the thirty-seventh submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2332 (2016) in which the Council requested me to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
MOROTO, 30 March 2017 – The Irish Government has provided €7.2 million – about Ush 27.5 billion - to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ministry of Education and Sports to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Jordan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Daily arrival figures from July 2016 are based on manual emergency registration or head-counts/wrist-banding. Confirmed figures will be available as the new arrivals undergo biometric registration. Figures prior to July are from the Government’s Refugee Information Management System (RIMS).
12,407 Number of new arrivals between 15th and 28th March 2017 886 Daily average of new arrivals between 15th and 28th March 2017 818,111 Total number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
Unsafe water as deadly to severely malnourished children as lack of food
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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
Italian parliament passes law following lobbying efforts and release of UNICEF’s “Child Alert: A Deadly Journey for Children”
A. Appeal History
• This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 April 2016 for CHF 1,702,895 to enable the IFRC to support the Cruz Vermelha de Moçambique (CVM) to reach 14,767 people (2,953 households) in 6 districts with food assistance to meet emergency needs and livelihoods interventions to promote recovery for nine months.
The Somali Regional State is the worst drought affected region in Ethiopia. The El Nino weather phenomenon in 2015/16 induced drought which a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people in the area. Since late 2016, the region has been further affected with a new Indian Ocean Dipole -induced drought.
SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN SNAPSHOT
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Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs. The sixty-first Russian convoy of 15 vehicles crossed into Ukraine and returned through the Donetsk Border Crossing Point.
By Anthony Chase Lim
This Women’s Month, the World Food Programme (WFP) highlights the important role that educators play in the success of the School Meals project. Elementary school teachers Giselle and Wilma have both seen and contributed to the positive effects of the project.
Government providing over 250,000 bales of grass for livestock support in Somali region
The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) allocates US$21 million to critical emergency needs
The European Union allocates an additional $179,750,175 (€165million) in response to the Horn of Africa Drought