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19 Oct 2018 description

October 19, 2018

Over 69,000 people in nine countries will benefit; includes humanitarian response in South Sudan and longer-term agricultural support for families in northern Kenya affected by frequent drought

Over 69,000 people in nine countries will benefit from twelve projects totaling $3 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in August and September

19 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 91,093 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 17 October, with 42,494 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 145,193 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 320,033 at this point in 2016.

18 Oct 2018 description

More than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today (Thursday 18 October) galvanised the support of more than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

18 Oct 2018 description

708,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 to Cox's Bazar.

921,000 Total Rohingya Population in Cox's Bazar.

1.3 Million People in Need in Cox's Bazar

Key Features

  • IOM, along with other Gender Based Violence actors, conducted a series of envisioning exercises with girls on International Day of th eGirl Child to explore and caputre key markers of change that girls and adolescent girls would like to see in their communities, in the camp and their vision for a future.

18 Oct 2018 description

On 10 October a family of five Rohingya returned spontaneously from Balukhali camp, Cox's Bazar to Myanmar. They are currently held in Taung Pyo Letwe reception centre. On 4 October India deported seven Rohingya men that had been detained in the country since 2012 despite objections by UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and human rights organisations. The decision has sparked fear that further deportations are to follow. The men reportedly arrived in Kyauktaw Township, central Rakhine State on 8 October and have been staying in several villages. UNHCR has been unable to access them.

18 Oct 2018 description
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Intimate partner violence: Women keep silent and cope

Source: Quantitative data collected from 6811 respondents by IOM community mobilisers from February to August 2018; qualitative research by BBC Media Action, in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid, into attitudes towards intimate partner violence in August 2018; and gender analysis carried out by Action Against Hunger, Save the Children and Oxfam in August 2018.

17 Oct 2018 description

Untapped potential

Food fortification – adding vitamins and minerals to commonly eaten foods - has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Countries in North America and Europe have been fortifying foods since the 1920s, which led to the virtual eradication of nutrition-related diseases like goiter, rickets, beriberi and pellagra. But today 2 billion people across the world still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as nutritious foods are still not accessible to all.

17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight



13 August 2018: In Ngo-Ketunjia division, Northwest province, an arson attack of unknown origin completely destroyed the administrative building of the Government Bilingual High School Ndop. Source: Cameroon-Info

Ivory Coast

27 August 2018: In Sikensi town, Lagunes district, a group of men armed with Kalashnikovs and dressed in military fatigues attacked and looted a school before tying up and beating a member of staff.
Source: ACLED


17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Threats and violence affecting emergency care



22 September 2018: In Rajbiraj city, Saptari region, Sagarmatha zone, the emergency ward of the Gajendranarayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital was vandalized by locals who claimed that doctors had pronounced dead a child who was still living. Source: ACLED

Middle-East and North Africa


17 Oct 2018 description

"The flood took everything away from us by destroying our house. We are in this situation because of the flood," says one girl

By Otto Simonsson

DHAKA, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four years ago, when her family's home in central Bangladesh was washed away by floods, Pakhi and her family migrated to Dhaka to look for work.

But with many families arriving in an already overcrowded city, with jobs hard to find, and with the family struggling to eat, the teenager eventually took one of the few jobs available.

17 Oct 2018 description

In late September and early October, a delegation of Southeast Asian parliamentarians travelled to Belgium for a series of meetings in Brussels, and to attend the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Ghent. The delegation spent almost a full week in the country to strengthen relationships with the European Union institutions and fellow NGOs, as well as to raise awareness of the troubling human rights situation in Southeast Asia.

16 Oct 2018 description

Alert is a quarterly magazine published by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) that features compelling stories and photography from our work in the field. Below is an excerpt from MSF-USA Board President John P. Lawrence's introduction to the Fall 2018 issue (Vol 19. No. 3).

How we treat migrants and refugees making the journey from Central America to the United States has become a focus of public attention in this country and abroad.

16 Oct 2018 description

The overall levels of political violence remained relatively static in the South and Southeast Asian regions over the last few weeks, whereas the number of reported fatalities increased significantly last week. The overall levels of demonstrations decreased across the region, especially in Pakistan and India.

16 Oct 2018 description

The Bangladeshi communities were the first to respond to the massive influx of Rohingya refugees in 2017, providing lifesaving assistance together with the Government of Bangladesh. The rapid increase of population however has strained the already meagre local community resources, infrastructure, public services and affected the economy, particularly in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts. Rise of prices of food and transportation, pressure on water resources and basic services, environmental and infrastructure degradation (e.g.