At the invitation of the Government of the Philippines I conducted an official visit between 21 and 31 July 2015. At the outset I would like to sincerely thank the Government of the Philippines for its cooperation with my mandate during the preparation and conduct of my visit.
As at 29 July 2015, Kakuma had received 46,315 asylum seekers from South Sudan. The transit centre has been temporary closed due to insecurity at the border.
During the weekly Refugee Coordination Meeting,in consultation with all UN and NGO partners, UNHCR and MIDIMAR made the decision to erect hangars and install temporary pit latrines in Mahama camp in order to accelerate relocation of over 15,000 refugees from the reception centres. In the meantime, UNHCR's partners continue to construct semi-permanent structures in the camp as a longer term solution.
602,257 houses fully damaged
285,099 houses partially damaged (NEOC/MoHA 29/07/2015)
15,176 households planned for Government evacuation (GoN 14/07/2015)
Greeting from Sphere India Welcome to the June-July 2015 issue of Sphere India Newsletter. This issue features response/relief, updates from Sphere India programme unit and a list of upcoming events.
One of the articles showcases Brainstorming on National capacity building strategy for healthcare. The second article is on Nepal Earthquake: Unfolding Uncertainties for Secondary Hazards.
UNICEF is deeply concerned about the intensification of violence in Yemen. Another attempt at a humanitarian pause failed, leaving humanitarian partners unable to scale up implementation in hard to reach areas and further preventing many families from accessing urgently needed basic services.
Humanitarian assistance continues across Somalia and as at mid-year about 658,000 Somalis or over 23 per cent of the 2.8 million target benefi ciaries had been assisted and protected through various interventions. Countrywide acute malnutrition levels were lowered from 14.9 to 12 per cent. During the same period, no polio cases were reported as a result of concerted vaccination campaigns against polio since 2014. This means the outbreak phase is likely to be declared over, although the risk of importation exists.
More police for Lasu: UNHCR, with the assistance of the Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA), has managed to secure an extra 15 police for Lasu refugee settlement in Central Equatoria State, bringing the total to 27 (no women). They were due to arrive on 28 July.
Solarized boreholes: 14 boreholes in the 4 refugee camps in Upper Nile State, i.e. 38 per cent of all motorized boreholes in the camps, are now solarized.
The general security situation in Gambella Region has been calm. In Jewi camp, the relevant authorities made significant progress in maintaining law and order; 10 suspected thieves were arrested.
South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Ethiopia at a daily average rate of 255 individuals. They entered Ethiopia through the Pagak, Akobo, Burbiey and Raad entry points. Level 1 registration at Raad and level 2 registration at Akobo was completed for 137 new arrivals that came through the Raad entry point.
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DIFFERENT NEEDS OF WOMEN, GIRLS, BOYS AND MEN MAKES HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE MORE EFFECTIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO ALL AFFECTED POPULATIONS.
Rwanda continued to receive a steady influx of refugees from Burundi. The total number has now reached 71,485.
The shelter strategy is being revised to accommodate the large number of refugees in hangars, tents and semi-permanent facilities.
Alternative modes of providing water to the growing number of refugees are being put in place, while working on permanent/sustainable solutions.
Negotiations are ongoing to ensure refugee children’s participation in national education examinations.
HYDERABAD: Torrential rains caused widespread devastation in Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Jamshoro, Mirpurkas, Badin and Tharparkar districts of Sindh on Tuesday. Intermittent spells of moderate to heavy showers continued till the evening.
Distinguished members of the Security Council,
With much regret, my inaugural statement to the Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria continues where my predecessor left off, chronicling yet another month of grim statistics to convey the horrors of a brutal conflict and the immense suffering of beleaguered civilians, particularly women, children, the elderly and those living with disabilities.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
Three months since the first earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, thousands of people still live outside in temporary shelters made of tarpaulins, bamboo, and metal sheets. Living in communal shelters has been challenging especially for women, as they face risks of sexual abuse and difficulty maintaining personal hygiene.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
While political and security challenges persist in Central African Republic (CAR), the living conditions of Centralafrican refugees in neighbouring countries require continued attention. Assistance needs are likely to last as no return intentions are reported so far, due to the uncertainty of the political process in CAR ahead of the elections scheduled in October 2015.
The Musa family moved into their new home in the Khan Younis Rehousing Project a few weeks ago, after years of living in unhealthy and cramped housing conditions. As soon as they were informed by UNRWA about their new housing option, Nabil Abu Musa and his two wives, Fatheia and Khadra, visited the nearest UNRWA Relief and Social Services office to co-sign the undertaking and benefit from the new shelter.