As of 2 October, 63,470 families have returned to Khyber Agency, 26,525 families to North Waziristan, 8,7166 families to South Waziristan, 153 to Orakzai and 418 families to Kurram. Returns are currently ongoing to all five agencies. Six embarkation points have been established to facilitate the return process, while five humanitarian hubs are active within FATA for the distribution of humanitarian assistance.
(Islamabad/New York, 8 October 2015): The Director of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mr. John Ging, concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan, accompanied by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (designate) for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne, and the Head of OCHA Pakistan Mr. George Khoury.
ISLAMABAD: Even as Pakistan is trying to build a case for the removal of polio-related travel restrictions for its citizens, two more cases of the poliovirus were detected, one in Punjab and the other in Karachi, taking the total number of cases reported this year to 38.
Polio cases in Punjab are rare and Thursday’s detection of a case in the Choa Saidan Shah area of Chakwal district is the first instance this year. Karachi too has been polio-free since October last year.
FRAN QUARTERLY – ONE IN FIVE MIGRANTS ENTERING EU ARRIVED ON LESBOS IN Q2
Close to one out of every five migrants who entered the European Union in the second quarter arrived through the Greek island of Lesbos, according to FRAN Quarterly report prepared by Frontex.
The trend was even more pronounced among Pakistani migrants, with two of every five Pakistani nationals coming through the Aegean island.
The international community today reaffirmed its commitment towards seeking lasting solutions for millions of Afghan refugees, in a bid to end one of the longest displacement situations in recorded history.
In a statement issued during UNHCR’s 66th meeting of the Executive Committee, member states pledged support to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create the conditions necessary for Afghan refugees to go back home and reintegrate in their country.
By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
ISLAMABAD, Oct 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Erratic monsoon rains have made it increasingly hard for rice farmer Sardar Muhammad to bring in a good harvest.
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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has increased the allocation for Insaf Food Security Programme (IFSP) from Rs190 million to Rs1.2 billion for the current (first) year of its three-year project, which will benefit 978,000 farmers.
Presiding over a meeting regarding arrangements for distribution of free of cost wheat seed under IFSP, held at the CM Secretariat on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced that subsidy on fertilizers would also be given to farmers from next year in a bid to increase wheat production in the province.
KARACHI: A report prepared by the Sindh Bureau of Statistics and to be launched soon gives disturbing figures about the children’s mortality rates in the province, which have increased since 2012 while similar figures in Punjab have appreciably decreased.
08 October 2015, GENEVA – The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today marked the anniversary of the 7.8 Pakistan earthquake which killed 19,000 schoolchildren and their teachers with a call for more countries to join the new Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools.
Miguel Loureiro is an academic who worked extensively with aid workers and researchers from the Research & Information Systems for Earthquakes in Pakistan (Risepak) project at LUMS. Dawn asked Mr Loureiro what changes he felt had taken place in the region that experienced the 2005 earthquake and whether Pakistan was now in a better position to deal with such disasters.
Abid Bashir is an 8th grade student in a state-run boys’ high school in Batangi village, some 58 kilometres south of Muzaffarabad in district Hattian Bala. Since he can remember, he has been studying under the open sky. He is not alone; some 450 other students learn with him.
When the harshness of the weather becomes intolerable, they take shelter beneath tattered tents, which make up their “school building”.
QUETTA: Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) on Wednesday claimed another victim in Quetta, the third case in the span of a week in the provincial capital.
The victim was diagnosed with Congo fever and admitted in Fatima Jinnah Hospital of Quetta.
During the past week, nine patients have been admitted at Fatima Jinnah hospital.
“Out of the three patients who died, two were from Quetta while the third was from Afghanistan,” said a doctor at the hospital.
Author Thomas Kohlmann
If Germany is to integrate large numbers of low-skilled Middle Eastern, African and Asian refugees into its domestic job market it is going to need new concepts. Many fundamental changes are essential.
Jeddah, KSA, 05.10.2015 – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) at its 307th meeting that ended on Monday, 5 October 2015, approved US $895 million to contribute towards new development projects in IDB member countries, namely; Togo, Benin, Chad, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Suriname, and Cameroon.
Latest asylum trends and main countries of origin........................2
Five Years of EASO: Results and Perspectives................................4
EASO call for experts to assist in Italy and Greece.........................4
Kick-off meeting of the COI Specialist Network on the Ukraine....5
EASO publishes COI report on Pakistan.........................................5
Conference on Home Affairs Funds...............................................6
EASO reports to the European Parliament on the hotspots..........6
As of October 2, the number of sea arrivals since the beginning of 2015 has exceed 400,000. Over 40 % of refugees who arrived to Greece by sea in 2015, arrived in September. The average daily sea arrivals during the reporting period was 5,500 persons a day, compare to 4,900 persons a day during the first two weeks of September.
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 10/7/2015 - 03:57 GMT
by Khurram SHAHZAD
The morning the Pakistan earthquake struck ten years ago, Nazish Naz had been reluctant to go to school, telling her elder sister the day felt cursed. Less than an hour after the 16-year-old left home, disaster struck.
The 7.6 magnitude quake near the city of Muzaffarabad in the Pakistani administered part of Kashmir killed more than 73,000 people, wounded 128,000 and left around 3.5 million homeless -- but a decade on the region has yet to recover.
Girls say violence holds them back
The lives of adolescent girls in developing countries hold more promise than in previous generations, but pervasive violence still holds them back, reveals research commissioned by Plan International.
As part of the research interviews were conducted by Ipsos MORI with over 4,000 girls aged 15 to 19 in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The majority of girls surveyed remain in fear of violence, whether in the home, on the street, at school or as a result of forced marriage or pregnancy.
Broad Regulations Threaten International Humanitarian, Rights Work
(New York, October 7, 2015) – The Pakistani government should immediately withdraw new regulations that will severely restrict operations by international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The “Policy for Regulation of INGOs in Pakistan,” announced on October 1, 2015, will worsen the already deteriorating working climate for international humanitarian and human rights groups.