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22 Mar 2018 description

More than 50,000 people who have fled from Eastern Ghouta to overcrowded and ill -equipped reception centres on the outskirts of Damascus over the last days are arriving exhausted, malnourished and afraid of what comes next.

22 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Thousands of children in the troubled Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been used as combatants over the last two years amid conflict between local militia and government forces. In the last few months, some 1,000 of them have trickled into rehabilitation centers run by aid agencies.

Their troubles are far from over, aid workers say. The horrors they endured come back to them in whispers, fragments — and nightmares.

22 Mar 2018 description

After reviewing the names, photos and home villages of 8,032 displaced persons sent by Bangladesh, 193 more persons were identified as having lived in Myanmar as of 19 March, officials said.

A Myanmar-Bangladesh ministerial-level meeting was held at the meeting hall of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor on 22 November 2017, and the two countries signed an arrangement for the return of displaced persons from Rakhine State.

22 Mar 2018 description
report UN Security Council

NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 21 March, on Nowruz, which resulted in at least 33 people killed and 65 injured, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

22 Mar 2018 description

The Protection Cluster monitored and reported eight (8) displacement incidents in Mindanao, which displaced a total of 2,969 families (approximately 14,748 persons).

Attacks using explosive devices (improvised or hand-held) have been a growing concern in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces. .

22 Mar 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

Rakhine leaders have decided to dissolve their working committee on national-level political dialogue after the government and the military prevented them from holding public meetings, according to local sources.

Rakhine leaders from the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), the Arakan National Party (ANP), and civil society groups have abolished the committee, which was formed last year, in frustration at the government’s refusal to allow it to hold public consultations, ALP secretary Saw Mra Razar Lin told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday.

22 Mar 2018 description
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This week, Libya, in coordination with the African Group, will sponsor at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) the annual Resolution on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in Libya. Despite widespread recognition of human rights violations in the country, little has been done to address the commission of these crimes with the perpetrators remaining widely unpunished.

22 Mar 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 21 Mar 2018

On Wednesday, March 21st 2018, at least 29 were killed and 52 injured in a suicide bomb attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, as crowds gathered to celebrate the start of Nowruz, the New Year festival.

The Islamic State claimed the bombing, which targeted the crowd of Shias attending the celebrations at the Sakhi shrine – one of the largest in the city.

Many young people who had been celebrating were amongst the casualties.

22 Mar 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Tonga, Northern Mariana Islands

  • Dengue Like Illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged Fever: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

22 Mar 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

EU Should Raise Issue, Pledge Aid at Conference

22 Mar 2018 description

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, south-eastern Bangladesh, at serious risk in the coming months.

22 Mar 2018 description

Amnesty International has documented violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, including war crimes, committed by both sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including by government forces, pro-government paramilitaries, and separatist forces. With minor exceptions, their perpetrators have enjoyed complete impunity. Amnesty International also remain deeply concerned about the fast-deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea, and the lack of access of international human rights monitoring mechanisms to the peninsula.

22 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has agreed to provide US$ 150,496 (approx. Rs. 22.6 million) for “The Project for School Construction for Disabled Children in Gampaha District” under the scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Securities Project”.

This project will be implemented by the Sarvodaya Susitha Suwasetha Society, aiming to improve education and sanitation environment for disabled children and school teachers through construction of new school building along with school furniture.

22 Mar 2018 description


On 13 January 2018 at 4:21 PM, Mayon Volcano generated a phreatic eruption (steam-driven) that propelled a grayish steam and ash plume approximately 2,500 meters high that was drifted to the southwest. Based on seismic records the activity lasted approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Characterized by a general decline in unrest reflected by moderate seismicity and degassing, deflation of the edifice, and a decrease in eruptive activity at the summit crater, the Alert Level of the volcano has been downgraded to Level 3 on 06 March 2018.

22 Mar 2018 description

The brief summarises the findings of a systematic review of the effectiveness oftwo main approaches to targetting populations in programmes and policies to reduce barriers to accessing WASH services and strategies during the MDGs.The review includes evidence from 11 Sub-Saharan African and South Asian countries. 

22 Mar 2018 description

On 21 March 2018, at around 1654H, a fire broke out in Roces Avenue, Brgy. Obrero, Quezon City. The fire was put out at around 1827H on the same day. The cause of fire is still under investigation and the assessment and validation of affected families is still being conducted by the Quezon City SSDD.


Status of Affected Families / Persons

58 families or 290 persons were affected by the fire incident in Brgy. Obrero, Quezon City. (see Table 1).

Status of Displaced Families/ Persons

22 Mar 2018 description
report European Commission

Today is the first day of the Nowruz celebrations – New Year in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It should be a day of joy, celebrating with friends and family the arrival of spring. A terrorist attack in Kabul this morning has shattered this moment of celebration for many, claiming the lives of at least 29 people and leaving many others wounded. The European Union expresses its condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a swift recovery to those who were injured.

22 Mar 2018 description

Latest South Sudan food security report (http://bit.ly/2GIQdtm) projects worsening food crisis in the coming months. With many parts of the country moving closer to a 'catastrophe', a famine situation is likely without an urgent increase in aid. "South Sudan's food crisis levels are shocking," said Rehana Zawar, Norwegian Refugee Council's Country Director in South Sudan. "Alarm bells are ringing as the threat of famine is now more widespread than this time last year.