Prague, Erbil (28 June 2016) – The Zumar region in the province of Niniveh at the south of Iraq was seized in mid-2014 by militants of the so-called Islamic State. Tens of thousands fled fighting and violence to safer areas of the country. At the end of 2014 Kurdish units succeeded in pushing back the radicals and moving the frontline. After months of exile, internal refugees could finally start slowly returning home. Months of fighting have often left behind damaged infrastructure and houses. The local education was also left in ruins.
(MissionNewsire) Salesian-run Don Bosco Kep, located in Kep Province, Cambodia, has just completed a water system and sanitation project on the school grounds. The project entailed drilling a new well, installing a water filter, new irrigation, and a water treatment plant in addition to new sanitation facilities. The water project is providing appropriate sanitation and fresh drinking water for 350 students and teachers on campus as well as providing clean water for farming, the fishing ponds and for cooking.
(MissionNewsire) Salesian missionaries have expanded their technical training offered to refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Classes started in January 2016 after expansion of the program and construction on new facilities were completed in December 2015. Kakuma is operated by UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, in collaboration with Salesian missionaries in the country as well as several other humanitarian organizations. The camp offers refugees safety, security and life-saving services such as housing, healthcare, clean water and sanitation.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and welcome to the United Nations weekly press briefing broadcast live on UN radio Miraya from UNMISS HQs in Juba. Welcome also to radio listeners who may also have tuned in this morning, and to media joining us from Torit via teleconference.
Before I introduce you to our guest speakers today, and the joint initiative they will brief on, let me just bring you up to date on a few issues.
Qui ne veut pas aller à l’école ? Pourquoi rester à la maison ? », Alain Kihosa Mupondo, tout juste âgé de 7 ans, parait très surpris qu’on lui pose la question.
« Je voyais tous les autres enfants y aller, alors pourquoi pas moi ? Moi aussi je veux étudier ! ».
Les raisons de la non-scolarisation des enfants de Kenge
Refugees and internally displaced children and youth frequently miss substantial amounts of schooling. With each lost semester or year of schooling there is an increased risk that they will be unable to return to formal education, and greater risks to their protection as a result. Responding to the needs of these children and youth has increasingly led governments and agencies to explore the possibility of providing accelerated education responses.
This booklet presents the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) regional initiative. The SWEDD is the result of a joint response by the United Nations and the World Bank Group, is a response to a call made by the presidents of the six Sahel countries, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
The overall goal of the project is to accelerate the demographic transition, to spur the demographic dividend, and to reduce gender inequality in the Sahel region.
Actividades humanitarias de respuesta son requeridas durante la transición hacia la recuperación particularmente en las zonas periurbanas donde la asistencia ha sido limitada hasta el momento.
Comunicación mejorada y coordinada con comunidades sobre programas de recuperación estatales es requerido ya que todavía hay confusión de cómo y dónde acceder a la asistencia.
Las necesidades humanitarias persisten en asentamientos espontáneos, especialmente en áreas rurales las personas necesitan asistencia in situ.
Humanitarian response activities are required during the transition to recovery, particularly in peri-urban and rural areas where assistance has been limited to date.
Enhanced and coordinated communication with communities on government recovery programs is required as confusion remains on how and where to access assistance.
Humanitarian needs persist in spontaneous settlements, especially in rural areas, and people require assistance in situ.
- Reference: 2016-164-EN
A new initiative from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support regions outside of Europe that are significantly affected by the refugee crisis has been welcomed by EU heads of state and governments meeting in Brussels today. Responding to a request by the European Council in March, EIB President Hoyer laid out how the EU Bank could step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.
Situation in Numbers
46,000* People internally displaced in various places within Wau town
35,000* People internally displaced outside of Wau town
*Figures from OCHA Note: these are estimates, as registration of IDPs is yet to commence.
Funding Needs for Wau Response: US$3 million
Funding available: US$ 1,381,292
Funding gap: US$ $1,549,708
The situation in Wau is critical, with children suffering from lifethreatening malnutrition and dehydration.
The Adjumani district lies in the north of Uganda, a stone’s throw away from the troubles of South Sudan. It is here where you will find the largest population of South Sudanese refugees, fleeing murder, rape and unconscionable cruelty where even the disabled have been reported to have been burnt alive. However, crossing the border into the relative safety of northern Uganda does not spell the end of the journey for many of these families – especially those that are also caring for disabled children.
Chad is part of the dynamics of the World Humanitarian Summit.
In Lac region sustainable solutions are needed to minimize the impact of the crisis on livelihoods, especially for 130,000 people in situation of food insecurity (“crisis phase”).
In preparation for floods, the humanitarian community is taking steps to maintain basic services in potentially inaccessible areas.
World Humanitarian Summit: challenges for Chad
Le Tchad s’inscrit dans la dynamique du Sommet Humanitaire Mondial.
Dans la région du Lac, des solutions durables sont nécessaires pour limiter l’impact de la crise sur les moyens d’existences, notamment pour 130 000 personnes en situation d’insécurité alimentaire (« phase crise »).
En préparation aux inondations, la communauté humanitaire prend des mesures pour assurer le maintien des services de base dans les zones potentiellement inaccessibles.
- WFP requires additional resources before the end of June to provide school meals for 18,000 school children attending schools in the rural areas and the suburban area of Djibouti-city at the beginning of the new school year, in September.
Resource shortfalls at the start of the school year will most likely affect school attendance.
The scale up of food assistance activities in response to the deteriorating food security situation has commenced in areas which have seen the most rapid decline.
WFP urgently requires USD 199 million for the PRRO and EMOP in the next six months to continue providing life-saving food and nutritional support.
WFP South Sudan received the Award for ‘Excellence in Gender Equality’ in acknowledgement of efforts taken to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment.