DUBAI, 31 December 2012 (IRIN) - The Middle East continued to boil in Year 2 of what was once an Arab “Spring” with the ever-worsening conflict in Syria, toxic spillover into Lebanon, deadly clashes in Egypt, proliferation of weapons in Libya, assassinations and bomb blasts in Yemen, emboldened insurgents in Iraq and continued protests in Jordan.
Assistance improves the food security situation
Insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies rose dramatically in 2012, eroding confidence between the two sides at a crucial turning point in the war.
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Poor performance of the short rains in parts of the Southeast is likely to intensify food insecurity
Number of migrants crossing border drops to zero as vast steel fence from Eilat to Gaza border nears completion.
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Goma, a city on the eastern border of the Congo, has been a magnet for war refugees for nearly two decades. And in an expanding camp for displaced people, called Mugunga I, school principal Emmanuel Kibanja Miteso holds up a three-ring binder that reflects the history of war here.
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A displaced man from Ardiba camp in Central Darfur was seriously wounded in a shooting by armed herders on camels on Sunday, 30 December. A source told Radio Dabanga that 4 armed herders, allegedly pro-government, in military uniforms opened fire on displaced Ishaq Saleh Mohamed when he was on his way back from his farm at about 1 kilometer east of the camp.
Ishaq was injured in his arm and after the shooting was severely beaten, it was added. The victim was taken to the hospital in Garsila in a coma.
A group of gunmen reportedly attacked and raped two displaced sisters from Mornei camp in West Darfur on Sunday, 30 December. A witness told Radio Dabanga that the gunmen on camels in military uniforms attacked the two sisters while they were collecting wood in the area of Jebel Salma, at about 3 kilometers from the camp on Sunday.
Displaced families in Nyando district have appealed for humanitarian assistance from the government and relief agencies following the deluge of misery that has befallen them in the past few weeks.
The 15 families camping at Apondo and Ogwedhi primary schools are in need of food, medicine, mosquito nets and blankets.
Area district commissioner Isaiah Tanui visited the victims on Sunday and assured them of government aid, however, by Monday evening they were yet to receive any relief.
La Oficina en Colombia del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos toma nota de la promulgación del Acto Legislativo sobre Fuero Militar número 02, del 27 de diciembre de 2012, por el cual se reforman los artículos 116, 152 y 221 de la Constitución Política de Colombia.
“En el año 2012 hubo varios avances del país en materia de derechos humanos. Sin embargo, la reforma del fuero militar constituye un retroceso”, dijo Todd Howland,
Representante en Colombia de la Alta Comisionada de la ONU para los Derechos Humanos.
"I feel stressed and easily alarmed. I’m having trouble studying and understanding my lessons”, complained 15-year-old Alaa. She is one of the thousands of young students, including Palestine refugee children, whose studying has been disrupted due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
A displaced man from Gereida camp in South Darfur has allegedly been killed by pro-government militiamen and two others were wounded in the same incident on Wednesday, 26 December.
A female camp activist told Radio Dabanga that around 30 militiamen on camels shot three displaced people who were collecting hay in an area about 3 kilometers south of Gereida. She added that Yasser Osman Ahmed died on the spot and that both Abbas Abdul Rahman and Dugush Suleiman were seriously wounded in the attack.
Around 1200 newly displaced families in Zam Zam camp in East Jebel Marra and another 500 newly displaced families from Shawa area are facing harsh living conditions; no humanitarian aid and no sheets or blankets during the cold winter days in Darfur.
The regional government of Andalucía has confirmed a EUR 1 million donation to support mother and child health-care services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This is the fourth consecutive year that Andalucía has helped the Agency provide quality and accessible family health care for Palestine refugee women and their children throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
En seguimiento de la emergencia provocada por el deslizamiento que se presentó en horas de la tarde, en el sector de Santa Elena ubicado en la vía Neiva-Balsillas. Se reporta la siguiente afectación hasta el momento:
- 2 personas fallecidas
- 3 personas desaparecidas
- 8 personas heridas
Acciones de la Cruz Roja Colombiana:
On 19 December M23 rebels requested that Kinshasa sign a formal ceasefire agreement, accusing government officials of dragging out peace talks to bolster the army's position on the ground. The government refused and peace talks have been suspended until 5 January.
31 December 2012 - The head of Afghanistan’s Transition Coordination Commission today announced that the fourth tranche of transition would commence within the next two months, adding that once this is completed, Afghan forces would have security responsibilities for almost 90 percent of the population.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai said that according to a decision of the National Security Council (NSC), this fourth tranche of the transition process would cover 12 provinces
Weekly registration: 24-30 December 2012
During the current week (24 - 30 December) 917 individuals have been registered;
Out of 917 individuals, all are new arrivals and no new births.
61.7% of new arrivals are minors and 38.3% are above 18 years
52.1% are female,47.9% are male;
Rejections: 10 individuals have been rejected for the following reasons:- 3 recyclers;- 7 active combatant;- 0 visitors;
AL-JIFTLIK/WEST BANK, 31 December 2012 (IRIN) - For those who recently watched images of the Israeli bombardment in Gaza, the wide open hills of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank appear as a stark contrast.
Flocks of sheep accompanied by their herders cross the hillsides, home to some of the most fertile land in all of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and unrivalled even in Israel.
And yet despite the abundant land and resources, Palestinians living in the Valley are some of the poorest in oPt, lacking even the most basic infrastructure.