By political reporters Stephanie Anderson and Julie Doyle
- Department told Senate Estimates Committee US officials yet to start vetting refugees
- Australia and the US made the deal under the Obama administration
- Immigration Department still confident refugees will be resettled in the coming months
The Immigration Department says United States officials have not started the vetting process for refugees currently held on Nauru and Manus Island.
INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
260,868 Refugees in South Sudan
1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
US $172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017
US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017
OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
1,569,792 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries (as of 15 February, 2017):
EU should seek to halt plan to hold asylum seekers in transit zones
Syria: In January, 85 individuals from NGOs, local authorities and implementing partners participated in three capacity building training sessions on mental health and psychosocial support, genderbased violence, child protection, and principles of administrative and financial work. Additionally,
IOM launched a shelter rehabilitation project in Idleb aiming to provide safe and adequate shelter solutions to about 300 IDP families.
Mark C. Toner
February 26, 2017
MAROUA, Cameroon – "My village was attacked by Boko Haram,” Sylvie Tokofi, 18, told UNFPA in Maroua, capital of the Far North Region of Cameroon. “They killed my uncle and all the men.”
After that, her village was no longer safe. “My mother, my six brothers and sisters, and I fled to the mountain," Sylvie explained. Her education was discontinued, and life in displacement cast a shadow over her future.
That was nearly three years ago.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists.
An analysis based on actual persons registered in the UNHCR refugee database (proGres)
Despite mounting evidence of inhumane treatment faced by Eritreans, both within and outside Eritrea, the EU is doing all it can to prevent them from reaching its shores, says a new report published today by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Freelance journalist and IRIN contributor
BAMBARI, 24 February 2017
There was hope last year that the election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra would bring real change to the troubled Central African Republic. But 12 months on, he has been unable to extend his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, and the rest of the country is as lawless as ever.
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QUETTA, 24 February 2017
Pakistan’s Balochistan Province has long had a reputation for lawlessness, but it’s never been truer on a practical level than it is today. More than half the provincial capital’s lawyers were killed or injured in a bombing last August, and thousands of cases remain in legal limbo.
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MAIDUGURI, 22 February 2017
The camps for displaced people scattered across northeast Nigeria are supposed to provide safety from Boko Haram violence. But for many women the threat is no longer the jihadists: The danger is inside the camps, and stems from the attitudes of men in general.
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world.
“It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya. “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.”
UN mediator Staffan de Mistura says a militant attack in Homs on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck Geneva peace talks.
Activist urges govt to engage in serious talks
Warplanes bomb multiple rebel-held areas
U.N. envoy paper sets out agenda for road ahead
By Stephanie Nebehay and John Irish
Hundreds of civilians continue to flee fighting as troops advance, but some have been taken as human shields.
Elite unit aims to secure southern bridge
Hundreds of civilians flee to govt lines as troops advance
Some fleeing civilians were taken to Mosul as human shields
By Stephen Kalin
To enable Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children to continue to save lives and protect children and families in Yemen, the IKEA Foundation has stepped forward to give a €2 million grant to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and €500,000 to Save the Children.