Whole families live and work in brick factories, struggling to pay off impossible debts.
By Mahfooz ul-Haq
Sajid, 13, has been working in a brick-making plant ever since he was taken out of school three years ago.
He spends 12 hours a day heaving a handcart full of earth from one place to another. His father and four siblings, the youngest of them only six years old, work alongside him soaking, shaping and drying the bricks.
STOCKHOLM, 24 JANUARY 2017 – A global campaign by non-profit H&M Foundation has generated $3.3 million [£2.7m] to support UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in its work to provide education for refugee children.
The total number of arrivals to Europe by the end of December 2016 has been recorded as 387,739. This is in stark contrast to the 1, 046,599 arrivals recorded in 2015. The decrease in numbers of arrivals can be observed across many of the countries which saw the highest numbers of arrivals in 2015. In Greece 2016 brought 176,906 arrivals compared to the 857,363 recorded in 2015, a 79% decrease, while Italy saw a slight (16%) rise in numbers of arri-vals, from 155,842 in 2015 to 181,436 in 2016.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In the afternoon of 5 January 2016, the western and north-eastern parts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were hit by a heavy snowstorm. In the evening, the temperatures decreased to 25 Celsius degrees below zero. The mountain passes through Gostivar, Kicevo, Kriva Palanka – Kustendil put a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles, while motor vehicles were moving in difficult conditions due to the icy road conditions.
Switzerland - IOM, with financial support from the Stop TB Partnership, yesterday (19/01) launched the world’s first dedicated TB and Migration Portal: The Knowledge Platform on Tuberculosis and Migration (tbandmigration.iom.int).
The portal, created by IOM’s Migration Health Division (MHD), aims to offer a platform through which global partners are able to access and share the latest information, research and knowledge on TB and migration issues, to improve the assistance and the support IOM provides to its beneficiaries worldwide.
Fresh wave of cold hits Pakistan, rain expected in Karachi
Pakistan School Safety Framework to be finalised in March: NDMA
Govt issues precautionary measures for likely dry spell
Seminar on climate change
69 Pakistanis in Saudi detention on terror charges
Protecting the corridor: Special security force for CPEC notified: report
90 pc of FATA IDPs are back home: Jhagra
Two nations, too many problems
Average 30 cases a day of unlawful and clandestine push-backs into Serbia
“The police beat us, took our clothes and boots and then pushed us back.”
Aalem, Afghanistan, 12.
The EU-Turkey deal has spelled a deadlier land route for refugees crossing the Balkans, with children experiencing harsh weather conditions, dog bites and violent treatment by both police and smugglers as they cross mountains and forests in sub-zero temperatures.
In December 2016, the price of wheat slightly increased by 1.5% and a negligible increase of 0.3% was registered in price of wheat flour;
Headline inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) negligibly decreased by 0.7% from the previous month (November 2016), whereas it has increased by 3.7% for the same month last year (December 2015);
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Of the total of 7,300 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia, over 6,200 or 85 % remained sheltered in 17 government facilities. The rest mainly stayed rough in Belgrade city centre.
Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to deliver timely and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it most. They allow Governments and private donors to pool their contributions to support specific emergencies.
HOW CBPFs WORK
Islamabad - 23 January 2017: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to utilise mobile technology for the empowerment of the young refugee population residing in Pakistan.
The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship innovative mobile-based social monitoring tool, to empower young people and community residents and strengthen community development and citizens' engagements, through SMS Technology.
Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of USD 20 million from the Government of the United States of America for emergency food assistance for some 550,000 returnees and displaced people in Afghanistan. This emergency operation has already been running for five months and WFP has reached 200,000 people so far.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Dec 2016): 173,450
Total arrivals in Greece during Jan 2017: 949
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 43
Average daily arrivals during Dec 2016: 54
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 15
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Jan 2016: 1,130
Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
146 dead - 51 missing (Nov. 2016)
PESHAWAR: Five days anti-polio campaign in Khyber Agency and Wana Subdivision of South Waziristan Agency will start on Monday January 23, 2017. Active campaign will continue for five days from Monday January 23rd to Friday January 27th, followed by catch up of missed children, under the supervision and assistance of political agents, commissioners and security forces.
The first 240mt of specialised nutrition supplement Maamta was produced by the Balochistan supplier.
WFP Logistics is providing technical support to the Government of Punjab for 200 wheat grain silos, which will further augment storage capacity, reduce losses, improve wheat quality, and save handling costs.
Teacher training on current school feeding modalities, school selection and entitlement criteria and record keeping was conducted in FATA.
1,562 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
7,729 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
252,973 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2016
468,841 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2016
85% of returnees from Pakistan (1,332 individuals) assisted
4% of returnees from Iran (305 individuals) assisted
Returns from Pakistan