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16 Jul 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

  • Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

  • The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

16 Jul 2018 description


• Humanitarian Coordinator call for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in Tambura, Western Equatoria.

• Humanitarians call for pause to enable them reach thousands of people as fighting continues in Unity.

• Renewed fighting in Wau’s Baggari area forces thousands of people to flee their homes.

• Partners scale up seed and tools distribution to communities hardest hit by hunger and malnutrition in planting season.

• Up to 2.4 million children not receiving an education in South Sudan.

16 Jul 2018 description

Genève - Cette semaine, l’OIM, l’organisme des Nations Unies chargé des migrants, a adopté un nouveau système innovant de sécurité pour le personnel dans toutes les missions de l’OIM à travers le monde.

13 Jul 2018 description


  • Tropical Cyclone Sagar affects an estimated 228,800 people

  • Above-average rainfall, humanitarian assistance improve food security conditions in Somalia

  • UN increases estimated number of IDPs to 2.6 million people


13 Jul 2018 description

Interview13 July 2018

Jamal Mrrouch has just returned from Mali, where he spent more than one year coordinating MSF’s work in the northern regions of Gao and Kidal, and in the central region of Mopti. With the first round of the presidential elections scheduled for 29 July, Jamal reflects on the humanitarian situation in the country.

What are the primary needs in the north and centre of Mali?

13 Jul 2018 description

Geneva – This week IOM, the UN Migration Agency, adopted an innovative new staff security system across IOM missions worldwide. With the Security Communications and Analysis Network (SCAAN), IOM’s 11,000 global staff will be equipped with a mobile app that utilizes geolocation, context-specific advisories, instant headcounts and reporting features to enhance security communications and assistance.

12 Jul 2018 description


  • La situation humanitaire s’améliore progressivement à Paoua. Cette ville qui accueillait plus de 65 000 personnes déplacées en janvier 2018 en compte aujourd’hui moins de 10 000. Les retours dans les villages au nord et à l’est de Paoua ont été favorisés par l’amélioration de la situation sécuritaire dans cette région.

12 Jul 2018 description
report European Union

The common analysis and guidance note on Afghanistan are the result of a pilot process for the development of country guidance.

This pilot process was completed successfully with the endorsement of the guidance note by the EASO Management Board during its 28th meeting in June 2018. In addition to providing guidance on one of the main countries of origin for applicants for international protection in the EU, this pilot served as a basis for consolidating the methodology for development of country guidance, and as a model for future notes.

11 Jul 2018 description

Contexte : Suite aux exactions commises par la Secte Boko Haram, plusieurs Nigérians et Nigériens ont été obligés de quitter leurs localités habituelles pour trouver refuge au Tchad spécifiquement dans la région des Lacs. Dans le même sens, la récurrence des attentats dans la zone a engendré des déplacements internes. A ce jour, on dénombre 9892 réfugiés, 108,428 IDPs et 20,582 retournés dans la région du Lac. Actuellement, en raison de la situation sécuritaire dans les zones d’origine, les perspectives de retour ne sont pas encore envisageables.

11 Jul 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Andrew Edward Tchie Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Follow Kings College London Centre for Conflict and Health, Visiting Researcher at PRIO, and PhD Candidate at University of Essex., University of Essex

09 Jul 2018 description


  • Nearly 380,000 undocumented Afghans return from Iran and Pakistan

  • Drought conditions in Badghis, Ghor, and Herat affected more than 22,400 people from January to mid-June

  • USG provides more than $76 million in FY 2018 assistance to respond to acute needs across Afghanistan


09 Jul 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

  • Conflict and fighting in five provinces displaced 21,000 people, according to first initial reports.
  • IOM suspended activities at three border crossings due to lack of funding for two weeks.
  • Demonstrations in Faryab and Balkh provinces hampered humanitarian activities.
  • A total of 52,000 people in need received humanitarian assistance across the country.

Key figures of the past week:

06 Jul 2018 description


  • UN records at least seven aid worker deaths since January

  • ICRC delivers humanitarian assistance in Leer for the first time since early April

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches 2.6 million people with emergency food assistance in May


06 Jul 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents security incidents that affected aid delivery in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND) in 2017. It presents analysis of 2,152 NGO-related security incidents for which details were shared or made public. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count, nor representative.

05 Jul 2018 description

This year has been particularly severe for Malians, who continue to battle the relentless impact of insecurity, conflict and drought. The number of people who desperately need help is the highest since 2012, when 4.6 million people were food insecure. This year, more than 4.3 million people in Mali are expected to be affected by the lean season—the period between when farmers’ food stock runs out and the next harvest. It began in June and will last until September this year.

05 Jul 2018 description

The resumption of fighting in southern Syria is now putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at immediate risk as the largest wave of displacement in the Syrian war unfolds, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned today.

05 Jul 2018 description

Ce rapport a été produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il a été publié par le Sousbureau OCHA Bambari et couvre la période du 25 juin au 1 er juillet. Sur le plan géographique, il couvre les préfectures de la Ouaka, Basse Kotto, Haute Kotto, Mbomou, Haut-Mbomou et Vakaga.


  • Braquage d’une ONG par des individus armés non identifiés dans la ville de Bria ;