SOS Children’s Villages International announced today that Syrian government forces have occupied its village in Damascus, a day after children and employees were evacuated amid intensified fighting. In a statement, Carsten Völz, Chief Operating Officer of SOS Children’s Villages International, called on all conflict parties to ensure the rights of children in the country.
“SOS Children’s Villages International expresses its concern about the occupation of our village in Damascus by military personnel and an earlier mortar attack on the premises”, Mr Völz said.
In disasters and conflicts worldwide, around half of affected people are girls and boys below the age of 18 years. Despite this, in humanitarian settings children are rarely asked to share their views, consulted on what they really need, or equipped with adequate information.
At Plan International we are changing this: communication with disaster-affected children is not only their right, but our experience also tells us that engaging girls and boys in our humanitarian response helps us to respond better and in more relevant ways.
In early 2015, former LRA commander and International Criminal Court (ICC)-indictee Dominic Ongwen surrendered to security forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) and was later transferred to the custody of the ICC to await trial in The Hague, where he remains now that trial proceedings have begun.
An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of the repeated use of what are believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months.
"The murder of the innocents in Aleppo must stop" -- UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 28 September 2016- In Aleppo, 96 children killed and 223 children injured in merciless attacks this week alone. Each one, a daughter or a son.
Doctors forced to let some children die while saving others with scarce medical supplies.
Tens of thousands of children drinking dirty water because a pumping station was bombed and another switched off.
Brave aid and rescue workers killed.
Aid convoys destroyed.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary
At 31 August 2016, there were 1602 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1355 in immigration detention on the mainland and 247 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 619 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 27,453 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Immigration and Border Protection systems.
28 September 2016, Brussels – Today, the European Commission signed two direct grants worth €600 million to support Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey in the areas of education and health.
Since March this year, the EU has mobilised more than €2 billion out of its total budget of €3 billion under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The Facility supports the implementation of both the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan and the EU-Turkey Statement and is designed to address the most critical needs of Syrian refugees and host communities living in Turkey today.
World Vision's policy statement on dealing with the global crisis of forced displacement
In addressing movements of forcibly displaced children and their families, World Vision calls on all parties to uphold the rights of the displaced and the communities who welcome them.
Learn more about World Vision's call for practical solutions and concrete commitments to protect children on the move and shared responsibility for their care and fulfilment of their rights.
30,186 consultations are provided to the Syrian Refugees in primary health care services
BEIRUT – As the new term begins, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is again providing healthy and nutritious school food for more than 10,000 Lebanese and Syrian students attending public schools across Lebanon.
At participating primary schools, students receive juice or milk and a nutritious locally-baked snack such as herb bread or a muffin fortified with vitamins and micronutrients. The programme, running for its second year, provides the energy students need to concentrate on their lessons and acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school.
Emergency programmes to deliver nutritional and other care for vulnerable children and families
SOS Children’s Villages is working to help vulnerable families in Ethiopia and Malawi with nutritional and other emergency assistance in response to one the worst droughts to hit eastern and southern Africa in decades.
In Ethiopia, nearly 10 million people are in need of food assistance, while more than 400,000 severely malnourished children are being treated, according to the latest government and humanitarian aid report.
NEW YORK, 28 September 2016 – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.
“The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”
The health system in Eastern Aleppo is crumbling with some 30 doctors left, hardly any equipment or emergency medicine to treat the injured, and an ever increasing number of trauma cases.
SADC declares Regional Drought Disaster and launches a Regional Humanitarian Appeal for assistance to support the ongoing and planned response efforts of its Member States.
The Humanitarian Appeal is a result of the negative impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño induced drought, the worst in 35 years,
ISLAMABAD - 28 September 2016: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement to extend their partnership for Child Centred Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) in order to enhance the government’s existing capacity and delivery of services to minimise risks for women and children during disasters.
UNICEF and partners have launched the “Back to School” campaign for the academic year 2016/2017 in Jordan in early August with similar initiatives ongoing across other Syria crisis countries to encourage increased and equitable access to quality education and learning for all children including young Syrian refugees.
Al-Khukha, Yemen | AFP | Wednesday 9/28/2016 - 16:11 GMT
by Abdo Haider
With their eyes bulging, stomachs swollen and bones visible, children in the rebel-held fishing village of Al-Khukha are facing starvation as Yemen's conflict shows no signs of ending.
Even before the outbreak of violence in 2011, malnutrition was a chronic problem in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
The situation is so bad in Al-Khukha, near Hodeida on the Red Sea coast, that some doctors estimate as many as half of the village's children are at risk of dying.
5,304 people fled to Uganda from South Sudan on the 26rd and 27th September. The average rate of new arrivals from South Sudan for September is 2,829 per day, compared to 1,594 and 1,727 per day in August and July respectively.
Increasing cases of inter-ethnic hostilities are reported in the settlement, including between nationals and refugees. UNHCR, together with partner agency, are addressing such incidents.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 28 September 2016
The Commission is today reporting on the progress made on the EU's relocation and resettlement schemes and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement.