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13 Dec 2017 description

Introduction

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Umberto Bacchi

MURATOVE, Ukraine, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ukrainian pensioner Mariya Semiriad has a cold house, a painful hernia, little to eat and no money to buy enough food, wood and painkillers for the winter.

Her barren home lies on a muddy side-road of Muratove, a small, secluded village in a wooded area of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region - only a few kilometres from the frontline separating government forces from pro-Russian separatists.

08 Dec 2017 description
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Four years into the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the need of the most vulnerable conflict-affected people for permanent and durable shelter solutions is becoming more and more acute. Ukraine has yet to take steps to assess and provide compensation for conflict-related damages to housing, land and property. Many people cannot even access humanitarian assistance since they lack title documents. The government should eliminate barriers to obtain property documentation for the conflict-affected population.

The background

04 Dec 2017 description
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OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

Millions of people are continuing to suffer unnecessarily in eastern Ukraine due to the entrenched political impasse and the ongoing armed conflict. Despite many attempts at a ceasefire, hostilities continue with almost daily shelling, frequent localized clashes, and rapidly escalating mine and unexploded ordnance contamination. Given the restrictions on access, just under a million crossings of the ‘contact line’ occur each month, with people forced to wait for many hours in long lines with minimal services.

01 Dec 2017 description
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The Global Humanitarian Overview

  • Is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian needs;

  • Is based on detailed analysis of wide-ranging data from many different sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe;

24 Nov 2017 description
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KIEV, 24 November 2017

Many of the world’s humanitarian catastrophes are described as forgotten emergencies, but only this one is playing out relatively unnoticed on the doorstep of Europe, over an area roughly the size of Switzerland.

The frozen, low-intensity conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region will mark a grim, four-year milestone in April. And the numbers aren't pretty: more than 10,000 killed and at least 23,000 injured.

23 Nov 2017 description
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Legislative developments

This update describes legislative and policy developments during October, including draft legislation pertaining to the situation of internally displaced persons (IDP), and the discussion around the identification of the legal status of the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It also presents a recently elaborated and not adopted yet government solutions strategy on internal displacement.

22 Nov 2017 description

Berlin 22nd November 2017 – International and local humanitarian agencies engaged in Ukraine joined forces in Berlin for a one-day conference to draw attention to the forgotten humanitarian crisis in the east of the country, urging decision makers to commit to tangible improvements to the situation in eastern Ukraine.

21 Nov 2017 description

Situational overview: The security situation in eastern Ukraine steadily deteriorated during October, with more than 5,000 ceasefire violations recorded.

Protection concerns: There were over 1.1 million crossings of the five checkpoints in eastern Ukraine; UNHCR continued providing support to improve their capacity and conditions.

Assistance provided: In October, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 3,700 people.

Update On Achievements

Operational Context

21 Nov 2017 description

Situational overview: Security situation remained volatile, though ceasefire violations decreased.

Protection concerns: There were nearly 1.1 million crossings of the five checkpoints in eastern Ukraine; UNHCR continued to provide support to improve conditions for persons crossing.

Assistance provided: In September, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 1,500 people.

21 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Winter starts and needs across all sectors rise

  • Civilians are paying the highest price, as the conflict continues to claim casualties

  • 1.1 million people at risk, as water infrastructure hit yet again

  • 1.6 million IDPs left with limited hope for future

  • 1 in 10 Ukrainians need assistance and protection

  • Underfunding poses life-threatening challenge for millions in need

Winter sets in, as misery for millions of Ukrainians grows

13 Nov 2017 description

Kyiv (ICRC) – With cold weather approaching, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has increased its assistance to people still badly affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. On both sides of the contact line, ICRC teams are visiting vulnerable communities, distributing goods or cash, repairing homes, and working to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable Donbas residents.

09 Nov 2017 description

The Foreign Ministry donated €100,000 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR) and another €100,000 to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

“Estonia has always supported and will continue to support those in need in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said. The named donations will be used to provide shelter and basic necessities and to fund projects in the field of education, child protection and health care.

27 Oct 2017 description
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Legislative developments

This update covers major legislative developments during August-September 2017 and includes information on the amended by-laws related to access to the affordable housing program and targeted assistance for IDPs, as well as on major IDP-related draft legislation.