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19 Oct 2017 description


  • In September, WFP assisted 13,028 refugees with full entitlements and 15,855 with partial entitlements (8,087 woman 6,066 girls 8,087 men and 6,643 boys).

Operational Updates

  • In September, all five food commodities were available in all settlements without any reductions.

19 Oct 2017 description

Yazd, Oct 18, IRNA – Relatively strong earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Yazd province on Wednesday.

According to the report of seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 18:07 hours local time (14:37 hours GMT) and its epicenter was at 54.92 degrees longitude and 31.19 degrees latitude and in the depth of 10 kilometers underground.

Center of the tremor was located 48 kilometers from Anar city in Kerman province and 63 kilometers from Mehriz city in Yazd province.

18 Oct 2017 description


1,106 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

13,189 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

89,944 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

301,196 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

91% of returnees from Pakistan (1,009 individuals) assisted

6% of returnees from Iran (799 individuals) assisted

18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

18 Oct 2017 description

EHRAN - In his recent interview with the Tehran Times, Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tehran has praised Iran for providing very affordable healthcare services for refugees.

“Iran has set a global precedent by opening the access of all refugees into its Salamat Universal Public Health Insurance (UPHI) which provides health insurance services similar to that of Iranian nationals,” Sivanka Dhanapala notes.

The UNHCR diplomat also says the launch of UPHI coverage can ensure refugees’ “social protection” and “resilience”.

17 Oct 2017 description


Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 25,556 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement to 22 countries in Europe, only 11% less than the total for 2016 and already 130% more than the average rate of 11,100 submissions per year during the last decade.

17 Oct 2017 description

145,355 Arrivals by sea in 2017

363,401 Arrivals in 2017

2,776 Dead / Missing

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description
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Countrywide Conflict Displacement

As of 15 October, a total of 286,918 people were displaced due to conflict in Afghanistan. This is up by more than 20,000 people compared to the previous week. The provinces sheltering the highest numbers of IDPs are Nangarhar (34,872), Kunduz (28,427), Badghis (24,625) and Baghlan (18,788).

16 Oct 2017 description

A failure to communicate

Communication is a fundamental component of effective humanitarian response. Yet humanitarian organisations and policy makers are responding to complex crises without adequate information on: - which languages affected populations speak;
- how well they understand the languages used by responders; and
- which formats and channels will be most effective for communicating complex information.

16 Oct 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and prices in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.

13 Oct 2017 description


  • Following a series of attacks leaving seven staff members of ICRC dead, the organization reduces its footprint in Afghanistan after three decades of continuous presence.

  • Displacement in Afghanistan surpasses a quarter of a million people from January to September.

  • Polio vaccinators were unable to reach more than 130,000 girls and boys due to conflict and lack of humanitarian access.

11 Oct 2017 description

Over 3.5 million refugees
Turkey continues to host the world’s largest refugee population.

Predominantly out of camp
More than 90 per cent of refugees in Turkey live outside of camps in urban and peri-urban areas.

Mostly children and women
70 per cent of refugees in Turkey are women and children.

Working with Partners

11 Oct 2017 description
report Logistics Cluster

As a preparedness measure and in order to strengthen the integrity of the humanitarian supply chain in Iraq, the Logistics Cluster team has been compiling key information on critical border crossing points and international ports.

The supply chain for the overall humanitarian response in Iraq relies almost exclusively on the Ibrahim Khalil border with Turkey. With the operating environment often changing, access being a key concern, and territories being controlled by a number of different authorities, maintaining accurate information on border points is paramount.

10 Oct 2017 description
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Countrywide Conflict Displacement

From 1 January to 8 October 2017, 266,689 people fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan, up by 2,600 people from the previous week. The province sheltering the highest number of displaced people is Kunduz (29,759), followed by Nangarhar (27,959), Badghis (22,635) and Baghlan (18,788).

10 Oct 2017 description

140,538 Arrivals by sea in 2017

363,401 Arrivals in 20106

2,754 Dead / Missing

10 Oct 2017 description


1,138 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

8,708 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

88,838 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

288,007 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

89% of returnees from Pakistan (1,010 individuals) assisted

13% of returnees from Iran (1,164 individuals) assisted