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25 May 2018 description

Friday, May 25, 2018 — 25 May 2018 - During the evening of May 23, between 5 to 6pm, more than one hundred refugees and migrants who had been kidnapped and held captive by human traffickers west of Bani Walid, Libya, managed to escape. They were shot at while attempting to flee, resulting in several casualties and 25 injured who were referred to General Hospital of Bani Walid.

25 May 2018 description

Against a backdrop of critical humanitarian needs faced by asylum seekers and refugees in Libya, UNHCR has up-scaled its response in seeking durable solutions for persons of concern (POCs) in third safe countries through its resettlement and humanitarian evacuations programmes.

25 May 2018 description

Key figures:

184,612 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

368,583 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - March 2018)

52,031 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

10,763 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

547 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,273 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018 (including for evacuations)

1,609 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

25 May 2018 description

Addis Ababa - On 19 and 21 May, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, hosted a consultation with Ethiopian regional Government representatives and local stakeholders to discuss how the Organization’s standard operating procedures on migrant return and reintegration can be best adapted to the national reintegration plans and referral mechanisms.

The consultation was held in the Hadiya and Kembata Tembaro Zone of the Southern, Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), which is prone to irregular migration.

25 May 2018 description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over the newly constructed Kuni Health Center to the Amhara Regional Health Bureau at a special inauguration ceremony. The new health center was constructed through USAID’s Ethiopia Health Infrastructure Program, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). As a result, more than 25,000 people in Kuni and surrounding areas will have better access to essential health services, including immunizations for children, safe childbirth delivery, HIV care and treatment services, and more.

25 May 2018 description


305 Dracunculiasis eradication: global surveillance summary, 2017


305 Éradication de la dracunculose: bilan de la surveillance mondiale, 2017

25 May 2018 description

(Addis Ababa, 24 May 2018): The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners have released updated immediate humanitarian funding priorities, highlighting the most critical gaps in the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). The priorities have been established through a consultative review with Government Line Ministries, key UN and NGO partners; US$280.4 million urgently required to ensure response for the coming six months.

25 May 2018 description
report European Commission



25 May 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is expected to hit Yemen and Oman next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Insufficient rain since January has resulted in large moisture deficits and below-average vegetation conditions over portions of northwestern Angola.

  2. Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.

  3. A slow onset to seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.

25 May 2018 description

Humanitarian response to the needs of individuals escaping smugglers and traffickers in Bani Walid

In the night of Wednesday to Thursday, 23-24 May 2018, approximately 140 individuals from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia managed to escape captivity from the notorious trafficker Mousa Diab in Bani Walid.

24 May 2018 description


The priority funding gaps presented here are intended to inform urgently required funding decisions by donors, and a new allocation from the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (anticipated balance of US$23 million once current pledges are realized). The priorities have been reviewed and endorsed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team and the Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC).

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The Moyale district in Ethiopia continues to experience armed skirmishes that are causing refugees to fear for their safety. Kenya must not push refugees back by making life difficult for them in Kenya. The risk of serious human rights violations in Ethiopia is still very real.


Ayantu, a 53-year-old mother of seven, had just finished preparing lunch for her children when military personnel surrounded her village.

24 May 2018 description

2,472,625*: Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 31 April(pre- and post-Dec 2013 caseload)

10,274*: South Sudanese refugee arrivals in April, based on field reports as of 30 April

296,748: Refugees in South Sudan and 1.76 million IDPs including 202,154 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.


63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)

24 May 2018 description

162.5 Acres of land ploughed and 110 fuel efficient stoves built using local materials by refugees in Upper Nile and Unity

36,000+ Refugee children received polio vaccination during April 2018.

16,000+ Refugees received their ID cards (majority in Doro refugee camp) following a verification exercise.

Working with Partners in 2018

23 May 2018 description

22/05/2018 4 May 2018, Addis Ababa - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources (MoALR), has conducted an animal health surveillance system evaluation between 23 April and 3 May 2018.

23 May 2018 description

This Annual Report highlights the impact of the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. In 2017, the Joint Programme provided support to more than 60 countries, including through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors. Peace and Development Advisors are at the forefront of the Programme’s efforts, they support the UN system to effectively adapt and respond to complex political situations and identify areas for preventive action.

23 May 2018 description

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a Syrian refugee family. You have fled from the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War to the relative safety of Cairo, in Egypt. Your children, like so many other refugee children, have had an extended period away from school and you want to get them back in the classroom and caught up. You know that an education can mean hope and a brighter future for your children, but there are too many expenses. You’re up against school fees, examination fees and even the costs of transportation to get your children to school and back each day.

23 May 2018 description

Aysha Ibrahim is a mother of ten children who lives in Darolebu district, an area located in eastern Ethiopia, where ethnic Oromos and Somalis live alongside one another. The 42-year-old is among the over 8,433 households displaced by ethnic violence that occurred in December 2017. Aysha, who lost her husband as the result of the violence, is one of the recipients of emergency assistance provided jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) following the violence.