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30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 30/06/2008.

In brief

Programmes purpose: The regional support plan 2008-2009, in line with the Global Agenda (GA) Goals of the International Federation, focuses on facilitating the development of the five National Societies in the North Africa region by building their capacities and providing technical support to the four core areas of disaster management, health and care, capacity development, and promotion of Fundamental Principles and Humanitarian Values.

Programmes summary: Political and social tensions in addition to violence have …

11 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) - A first official survey of Iraqi refugees in Egypt tentatively puts their number at 20,000.

The product of a year's field work and analysis by Egypt's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) and the American University in Cairo's Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies, the survey (not available on the internet) looked at how and why Iraqis came to Egypt, their population profile, socio-economic conditions, and the main challenges they face.

There is some uncertainty about the 20,000 figure as there was no sure way of capturing all …

03 Dec 2008 description


Iraq is moving toward transition, but hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families inside and outside Iraq are still struggling with acute poverty, displacement and the continuing effects of conflict.

The 2009 Consolidated Appeal for Iraq and the Region aims to meet their immediate humanitarian needs, contribute to stabilisation and speed recovery. Requesting US$ 547.3 million in total, it brings an unprecedented number of humanitarian organisations together across 12 countries to support Iraqis.

01 Dec 2008 description
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General Situation during November 2008
Forecast until mid-January 2009

12 Nov 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Summary

Since 2006, over 13,000 refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants have passed through Egypt and crossed the Sinai border into Israel. The majority arrived in Israel since 2007; at times, in early 2008, over 100 people per night reportedly crossed the border.

Both Egypt and Israel have responded to this cross-border flow with policies that violate fundamental rights. These violations, particularly on the Egyptian side, have become more numerous and more acute over the past year.

12 Nov 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Cairo, November 12, 2008) - Since June 2007, Egyptian border guards have killed at least 32 African migrants trying to cross into Israel, and Israel has forcibly returned at least 139 border crossers to Egypt, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Egypt has detained those returned, not revealed their whereabouts, and reportedly deported some to their home countries where they face a substantial risk of persecution.

30 Oct 2008 description

Executive summary

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) zone has developed three major strategic management priorities which are based on a firm commitment to the Federation of the Future framework and a thorough needs-based assessment of stakeholder interests, most notably that of the National Societies in the MENA region representing the beneficiaries in local communities.


30 Oct 2008 description

Executive summary

The regional support plan for North Africa for 2009-2010, in line with the Global Agenda Goals of the International Federation, focuses on facilitating the development of the five National Societies by building their capacities and providing technical support to the four core programmes of disaster management, health and care, the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values as well as organizational development.

23 Oct 2008 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 23 October 2008 (IRIN) - The Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have launched a report on primary health care among Sudanese refugee and migrant communities in Cairo, focusing on avian and pandemic influenza preparedness.

About 50 cases of avian influenza (bird flu) have been identified in Egypt since 2003; 22 people have died.

The aim of the research was to design recommendations for pandemic preparedness based on a …

16 Oct 2008 description
report Oxfam

The recent sharp increase in food prices should have benefited millions of poor people who make their living from agriculture. However, decades of misguided policies by developing country governments on agriculture, trade, and domestic markets - often promoted by international financial institutions and supported by donor countries - have prevented poor farmers and rural workers from reaping the benefits of higher commodity prices. As a result, the crisis is hurting poor producers and consumers alike, threatening to reverse recent progress on poverty reduction in many countries.

14 Oct 2008 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 14 October 2008 (IRIN) - Hamid Amin Hamza, his wife Om Omar, and their family of 10, including their physically disabled son Jaafar, live in a shabby apartment in Cairo's Madinat Nasser suburb. They fled Iraq in 2007 and reached Egypt via Syria seeking security, economic stability and above all treatment for their son.

"We came here because the situation in Iraq was unbearable. Not only were we in danger, but Jaafar was suffering the most," said Hamid.

30 Sep 2008 description


The Secretary-General condemned in the strongest possible terms the suicide attack against a United Nations convoy in southern Afghanistan on 15 September. The attack, in Kandahar Province, killed two doctors working for WHO, as well as their driver, all of whom were Afghan nationals. The doctors, traveling in clearly marked United Nations vehicles, were carrying out a polio vaccination campaign.

25 Sep 2008 description

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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.

23 Sep 2008 description

Cairo_(dpa) _ Another rockslide occurred on Tuesday in the Doweiqa shanty town on the outskirts of Cairo, the scene of an accident where hundreds of people were killed on September 6 when rocks dislodged from a cliff overhang.

No casualties were reported from Tuesday's rockslide as the area had been cordoned off by police.

The official death toll from the earlier accident has reached 101, security sources told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

18 Sep 2008 description

Instead of the usual depiction of conflicts as countrywide and defined by national boundaries, this map displays distinct conflict-affected areas in Africa as sub-national and transnational pockets of insecurity, violence, and armed aggression.  Areas of conflict were drawn around locations of reported conflict incidents in 2007 and 2008, as well as concentrations of internally displaced persons and cross-border rebel bases and refugee camps in neighboring countries.

16 Sep 2008 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 16 September 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of slum dwellers displaced by the 6 September rockslide at Dweiqa and Ezbat Bekhiet face an uncertain fate as they camp out on the streets of Cairo's oldest slum, Manshiet Nasser.