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10 Dec 2019 description
report MADRE

In a tumultuous world, there’s one thing you can count on: where oppressive power reigns, people will rise up to confront it. That’s always been true, and this year it feels all the more so. On Human Rights Day, we celebrate that resistance.

10 Dec 2019 description

The main developments from the Middle East last week included the signing of a maritime territory deal between Turkey and Libya, which raised tensions in the Mediterranean. In Iraq, widespread demonstrations continued and took a deadly turn, reportedly leaving dozens of demonstrators dead. In Iran, a prisoner swap with the US took place last week in a rare sign of cooperation between both countries. In Lebanon, protests continued and in Palestine, the Return Marches resumed with clashes and injuries reported. Rockets were reportedly fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

10 Dec 2019 description

Baghdad, Iraq, 10 December 2019 – “If young people are considered good enough to fight wars, they certainly deserve the chance to make peace,” said former deputy UN Security General, Jan Eliasson.

For that reason, UNFPA with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), organised, on 5 December, a two-day consultative meeting in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, on UN Security Council Resolution 2250, on Youth, Peace & Security.

10 Dec 2019 description

Dear Friends,

On my very first assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), I found myself in a hospital in Aweil, in what is today the independent nation of South Sudan.

I will never forget the experience of caring for a mother with two-year-old twin girls who had been admitted with early signs of premature labor. My youngest daughter was about the same age as her twins, and I gladly eased my homesickness at this woman's bedside while doing morning rounds.

10 Dec 2019 description


This week, 1,471 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 957 arrivals and from last year’s 757 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 210, compared to 137 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

10 Dec 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight


Burkina Faso

29 November 2019: In Bossey-Dogabe village, Oudalan province, Sahel region, suspected JNIM and/or ISGS militants executed a male chief nurse and seized his motorbike. Source: Infowakat


14 November 2019: In Xawaadleey, Bal’ad district, Middle Shabelle region, an Al Shabaab militant shot a group of civilians transporting a patient to a nearby hospital. One person was killed. Source: ACLED

09 Dec 2019 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 17 Nov 2019): 11,083
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 17 Nov 2018): 23,127

Total arrivals 1 Nov - 17 Nov 2019 200
Total arrivals 1 Nov - 17 Nov 2018 116

Average daily arrivals in November 2019 so far: 25
Average daily arrivals in October 2019: 41

Dead and missing in 2019 - Central Med (as of 17 Nov) 737
Dead and missing in 2019 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 17 Nov) 1,221

Dead and missing in 2018 - Central Med (as of 17 Nov) 1,279
Dead and missing in 2018 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 17 Nov) 2,214

09 Dec 2019 description
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An airstrike bombed a vehicle belonging to ISIS that was carrying four terrorists in the Almaita area between Diyala and Salah Al-Din border, which led to the full elimination of the car. The area of Almaita recently turned into another stronghold of the remnants of ISIS after Mutaiba and witnesses the activities of ISIS.


09 Dec 2019 description
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In October, 84,846 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (43,126 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 123 locations.

08 Dec 2019 description

Amnesty International has gathered detailed eyewitness testimony of the coordinated attack by unidentified gunmen in Baghdad last night, which claimed at least 20 lives and left more than 130 injured.

The organization also verified footage from Baghdad that corroborated testimony of witnesses who described the arrival of fleets of gunmen.

Witnesses describe how “endless gunmen” arrived in pick-up trucks and minivans whilst others who had mingled with the crowd shot and stabbed protesters and attacked and set fire to parts of the Garage al-Sinak building.

07 Dec 2019 description
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Baghdad, 7 December 2019 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, condemns in the strongest terms the shooting of unarmed protesters in central Baghdad on Friday night, which left a high number of deaths and injuries among innocent citizens: “The deliberate killing of unarmed protesters by armed elements is nothing less than an atrocity against the people of Iraq. The perpetrators must be identified and brought to justice without delay”.

07 Dec 2019 description

Laws aimed at limiting support for groups considered as ‘terrorist’ are having unintended consequences on humanitarian aid — in the very places it’s needed most.

In places where humanitarian activities are most desperately needed — often complex battle zones with multiple armed groups — humanitarian organizations must manage a dizzying array of roadblocks and even life-threatening challenges in order to get help to people caught up in conflict.

06 Dec 2019 description


  • IDP camp and maternity hospital in northern Idlib hit bymissiles amid heightened airstrikes and shelling

  • Approximately 75,000 people remain displaced in northeast Syria due to October military operations, as well as more than 17,500 Syrians displaced to Iraq

  • Humanitarian actors continue to respond to food, health, protection, and other needs countrywide


06 Dec 2019 description

An American music producer has traveled to Lebanon to record an album with refugees, giving them a platform to share their feelings and experiences.

By Dalal Mawad in Beirut, Lebanon

When Souzda fled the deadly shelling in Afrin in northern Syria, she thought she was leaving behind more than just her home. The 22-year-old was studying music and had hopes of one day becoming a singer, but the bombs that drove her to escape also threatened to lay waste to her dreams.

06 Dec 2019 description
report Theirworld

The urgent need for millions of children affected by conflicts and disasters to access education is the theme this week of our news roundup.

40% of refugee children miss out on primary school

Four in 10 refugee children of primary school-age are deprived of education, a global report on humanitarian crises has revealed.

Among the key education statistics in the United Nations' Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 are: