Snapshot 22–28 April 2015
Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.
Last updated on: April 27, 2015 12:53 PM
DADAAB, KENYA— When Bilado Hassan came to the Kenyan town of Dadaab in 1992, the future home of Africa’s largest refugee camp was nothing more than an open expanse of dry, dusty land spotted with a few low-lying scrubby bushes.
“We were brought here, a place with just open land, no trees, no houses and so much wind,” she says.
According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.
The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).
Snapshot 15–21 April 2015
Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.
22,798 Identified unaccompanied minors Households provided with cash grants in year 2014
187,880 NFIs distributed since January
184 Shelters distributed since January
Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.
Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.
Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.
Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.
More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.
UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.
The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.
Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.
Snapshot 9–14 April 2015
Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.
During February - the third month of the Pilot Phase for UNHCR support to Somalia refugee returns from Kenya – a total of 497 Somalis returned to areas of origin in Somalia. The six months Pilot Phase offers support to Somali refugees in Kenya who origin from Luuq, Baidoa and Kismayo. Since the launch of the six months Pilot Phase on 8 December 2014 and until end of February, 1,954 persons have received support to return and reintegrate. Return updates are published on weekly via @UNHCRSom
HIGHLIGHTS as of 3rd April
682,761 Total number of refugees
199,348 South Sudanese refugees since 15 Dec.2013
71% South Sudanese new arrivals who are female
67% South Sudanese new arrivals who are children
Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.
Snapshot 1–8 April 2015
Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.
Snapshot 25–31 March 2015
Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.
Steep increase in forced evictions in Mogadishu. Displaced people lost belongings and moved to areas with limited or no services.
Humanitarian access through the major supply roads remain constrained in southern and central regions of Somalia.
Timely humanitarian funding crucial to sustain response to 2.8 million Somalis.
In this issue
KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, March 27 (UNHCR) – Naomi Chol studied at a school funded and supported by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, but the 16-year-old from South Sudan has become a celebrity herself in a Kenyan refugee camp.
"Everywhere I go, people call me and come to shake my hand," she tells visitors to Kakuma camp where she studied in a school known locally as the Angelina Jolie Primary School. It was set up by the UNHCR Special Envoy in 2002 to cater for girls with special protection needs.
1. Executive Summary
The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.
In February, Somalia became the second country in the world where WFP has launched its groundbreaking new system for managing assistance programmes, a platform known as SCOPE. The SCOPE information system allows WFP to monitor and control all its distributions of food, cash and vouchers electronically and in near real time. SCOPE also allows WFP to register beneficiaries, store information on the amount of food or money they are entitled to and – in the case of cash or vouchers – transfer the specific amount onto the cards.