In this issue
CoRe Cluster background and activities P.2
Update and CoRe contacts P.3
The first Cluster Bulletin was designed to provide an update on CoRe Cluster activi-ties. The next one will cover CoRe sector needs, progress and gaps in response to itthe 2014 military operation in North Wa-ziristan Agency. The Cluster has more han 50 member organizations in Pesha-war and is led by UNDP.
ISLAMABAD: The government has completed the survey of damage caused to the houses of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) because of fighting there. The affected people will be compensated according to the extent of damage.
According to the government decision, those IDPs whose houses have been destroyed will be provided Rs400,000 and the owners of damaged houses will get Rs110,000.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Senate functional committee on less developed areas on Monday.
Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.
During the week of 29 January - 4 February, 980 families returned to Khyber and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Returns to the Sipah area in Khyber are nearly completed. As per findings of inter-cluster assessment mission to Sipah, the area needs humanitarian intervention in all sectors especially WASH to ensure provision of clean drinking water. As per assessment done by the authority, about 30% of infrastructure are fully damaged and 70% are partially damaged.
North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is situated on the Pakistan – Afghanistan border and adjacent to South Waziristan Agency, Kurrum Agency, the Frontier Region (FR) of Bannu, FR Karak in FATA and Bannu and Hangu districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Miranshah is the main town and also the agency’s headquarters. Other major towns include Mir Ali and Razmak. NWA consists of three subdivisions and nine tehsils. The total geographical area of NWA is 4,707 Sq. Km. Main tribes include Utmanzai and Dawar Wazir.
Summary of WFP assistance:
During the week of 22-28 January 2,712 families returned to Khyber and North Waziristan Agency (NWA).The returns to NWA follow the denotification of 10 villages in Mriali tehsil near Idak. In this area infrastructre, including electrical delivery systems are largely intact, as is housing. There is one basic health unit and military facilities are available for emergencies.
The Sipah returns are largely completed with less than 250 families remaining in Jalozai camp.
Snapshot 27 January – 2 February 2016
Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad: 86 people were killed and 62 injured, with 15 missing after Boko Haram set fire to Dalori, near Maiduguri in Borno state. The past week also saw attacks in Chibok that left 13 dead and 30 injured. 40 civilians were reported dead after Cameroonian troops announced they were carrying out a search for BH militants in the area. In Cameroon, 52 people were killed in BH attacks in January. In Chad, two suicide bombings in Lac region left three dead and 56 wounded.
Peshawar, 27 January 2016 – The Government of Fata has a signed a new agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, at a high-profile event organized at the Governor’s House, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa today.
This new partnership aims to support the Government of FATA’s reform in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and includes the launch of the Governor’s Strategic Support Unit.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, recently contributed $20 million to support the provision of food to approximately 1.2 million temporary displaced persons of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 75,000 earthquake-affected individuals, and 153,500 malnourished women and children in Pakistan.
(Kabul, 27 January 2016): The humanitarian community in Afghanistan is seeking US$393 million to meet, through collective and coordinated action in 2016, the acute life-saving needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized Afghans. Support related to food as well as access to health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation will reach an estimated 3.5 million people under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Afghanistan. “I look back with admiration on the tireless efforts that the humanitarian community have made in 2015.
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
Burundi: As the security situation continues to deteriorate, the UN Security Council has expressed concern over possible mass atrocities and ethnic violence. Clashes continues in several areas of the country. Burundian refugees in DRC expressed fears over possible cross-border attacks by government forces.
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