Safety & Security
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High level advocacy continues on the worsening humanitarian situation, especially in eastern Ghouta and Idlib.
Advocate for the protection of patients, health workers and medical facilities;
Provide medical assistance across conflict lines, including those required for surgical interventions and safe blood products and transfusions;
This report compares current humanitarian crises based on their level of humanitarian access. Affected populations in more than 40 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints. Out of 44 countries included in the report, nearly half of them are currently facing critical humanitarian access constraints, with four countries (Eritrea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) being considered as inaccessible. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in eight countries, and 15 face low humanitarian access constraints.
This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).
KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS
HIGHLIGHTS (JUNE 2018)
Access constraints: Although Eastern Ghouta is back under government control, significant access constraints remain to this former besieged area. The health sector is unable to meet most of the basic health needs.
Conflict: The SW Syria offensive started in Dara’a on the 17 th of June, with heavy shelling and artillery. By the end of June, 66,000 people had left their homes, seeking safety near the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights.
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:
Key issues in the past week:
- Around 7,000 people were reportedly displaced from insecure districts in Wardak Province.
- A new case of polio has been reported from Hilmand, the ninth case this year in Afghanistan.
- 17 clinics in Badghis have reportedly run out of supplies, due to interference by armed groups.
- A total of 32,000 people in need received humanitarian assistance across the country.
The security situation in Yemen continued to deteriorate in May, especially along the West coast and around the city of Al Hudaydah. UNICEF is concerned around child protection and safety of civilians and civilian infrastructure.
New York, 27 June 2018
Mr. President, distinguished Council members,
Today I will provide you an update on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock.
Key issues in the past week:
More than 500 people migrated to Qala-e-Naw City from within Badghis due to the drought.
Floods in Bamyan and Daykundi reportedly damaged fields of more than 1,400 families.
In the past week, nearly 12,000 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan.
Fighting in Faryab Province closed the road connecting Khwajasabzposh with Maimana City.
Countrywide conflict displacement
Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 46/182 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui faire rapport chaque année, ainsi qu’au Conseil économique et social, sur la question de la coordination de l’aide humanitaire d’urgence. Il fait également suite à la résolution 72/133 de l’Assemblée et à la résolution 2017/14 du Conseil. Le présent rapport porte sur la période allant du 1er janvier au 31 décembre 2017.
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 72/133 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2017/14. The period covered by the report is 1 January to 31 December 2017.
A total of 50,311 people are still displaced internally in April 2018 across the main regions of displacement Timbuktu, Gao, Menaka, and Segou, with an increase in new displacements registering an additional 1,484 IDPs in Mopti as a result of recent conflicts in the region.
The security situation in Yemen deteriorated in April with attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including a UNICEF constructed water system, and the tragic death of an international humanitarian aid worker. Further, this month 61 children were verified as killed and 67 children were maimed.
• Two million people at risk of becoming severely food insecure due to the ongoing drought.
• Humanitarian partners need US$115 million to respond to the needs of the 1.4 million most vulnerable people hit by the drought.
• REACH study sheds light on stark living conditions and lack of services in areas under control of armed groups.
• Health professionals call for universal access to health care on 7 April for World Health Day.
• Qatar is a new donor to the CHF-Afghanistan with a $2 million contribution
Civilians were majority of casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2017. The report records a 15 per cent increase in casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017, compared to 2016.
ATTAQUES CONTRE DES ÉCOLES ET DES ENSEIGNANTS
2017 was unprecedented in terms of the scale of disasters and conflicts that left millions of people in need. Despite the United Nations repeated calls on parties to conflict and Member States to protect civilians, and to stop direct and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and their vital infrastructure, many warring parties continue to flagrantly violate international humanitarian law with impunity.
Afghan officials say unidentified insurgents have killed five mine disposal technicians and kidnapped one of the workers.
The attack happened Monday morning is southern Kandahar province.
A spokesman for the provincial police chief said the deminers were clearing an area for the multi-billion dollar TAPI pipeline project.
Earlier this year, the Taliban promised to cooperate with the project because of its importance for the country and has not claimed responsibility for the attack.
4.3 million food insecure people from June.
The number of children at risk of acute malnutrition is revised upwards.
New displacements of people inside and outside the country.
More than 70 security incidents affecting humanitarians registered since the beginning of the year.
The humanitarian appeal funded only at 17 per cent in a context where humanitarian needs have increased.