Media Release: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism
Saturday, February 24, 2018 — BELIZE CITY, BELIZE - We know from the devastation wrought in the Caribbean last September by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, just how important it is for the region to step up its game in tackling climate change and the risks posed by natural disasters.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2018
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Saudi-Led Coalition Expanding Humanitarian Efforts in Yemen
The world is facing some of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time, and at Mercy Corps, we know that no single organization can tackle them alone. So we work across the public and private sectors to bring our unique expertise, innovations and solutions together to spark, scale and sustain change for communities in need around the world.
The Ongoing Massacre
As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in need.
By Rhea Wessel Produced by Andrew Chudzinski
On the nightly news and around her city, Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw the refugees arriving in Berlin after fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries.
Durable solutions for Chadian returnees from the Central African Republic
General developments & political & security situation
The security situation in the country remains volatile and unpredictable. Hot spots are: East Ghouta, Idlib, Aleppo, Afrin and Deir Ez-Zor. Developments in these areas have direct impact on the general security situation countrywide. They are also likely to affect UN operations and activities.
Airstrikes on the province of Idlib struck the last functioning hospital in the southeastern strip of the rebel enclave.
1.1 Diphtheria Highlights
• According to MoPHP (10 February 2018), there are 1,032 probable diphtheria cases, including 64 associated deaths, in 161 districts among 20 governorates.
• The most affected governorates are Ibb (407) and Al Hudaydah (133) Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) is 6.1%. Children under the 5 years of age represent 30 % of probable cases and 47 % of deaths.
General developments & political & security situation
The security situation in the country remains volatile and unpredictable. Hot spots: East Ghouta, Idlib, Aleppo, Afrin and Deir Ez-Zor. Developments in these areas had a direct impact on the general security situation countrywide as well as the UN operations.
“They told me to kill my mother.” This is the realty of life as a child soldier in South Sudan. It is a life of fear, brutality, and indifference to human dignity. On Wednesday, February 7th, more than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in Yambio, South Sudan. Since the start of the civil war over five years ago, it is believed that over 19,000 children have been recruited.
From 1 January to 31 January 2018, 12,400 people fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan, with 18 of 34 provinces recording forced displacement. Constrained humanitarian access hinders assessments, preventing verification of the full extent of displacement and undermining provision of assistance and services. Displaced families often find themselves in precarious living conditions with their well-being and dignity jeopardised by inadequate shelter, lack of food and water, insufficient access to sanitation and health facilities as well as lack of protection.
KABUL - All sides in the Afghan conflict must do more to protect and respect the civilian population, said Afghans from different walks of life at a series of UN-backed forums taking place around the country.
For the fourth consecutive year, more than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
(Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security determinations is a form of collective punishment prohibited under international human rights law.
On 11 February 2018, 1100H, a Tropical Storm with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The Tropical Storm, Sanba, was locally named “Basyang”.
It dissipated into a Tropical Depression and left the PAR on 16 February 2018, 1100H.
Source: DOST-PAGASA Daily Sever Weather Bulletin
Status of Affected Families / Persons
About 15,000 protesters turned out Saturday on the streets of Tel Aviv to voice their opposition to the deportation of African asylum-seekers, many of them from Sudan and Eritrea.
The demonstration in south Tel Aviv was in the heart of the area where many Africans live after arriving in the city via the bus station there. Over the past 12 years, about 40,000 Africans are estimated to have entered Israel illegally.
I welcome the unity shown today by the members of the Security Council in adopting a resolution demanding a sustained ceasefire of at least 30 days throughout Syria, humanitarian access, and medical evacuations.
But words must now quickly become action – any cessation of hostilities must be real. Attacks must stop.
8188TH MEETING (PM)
The Security Council, acting unanimously today, adopted a resolution demanding parties to Syria’s seven-year-long conflict to cease hostilities without delay for at least 30 consecutive days, ensuring a “durable humanitarian pause” to enable weekly humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks perpetrated on 23 February in Mogadishu, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured many others. He sends his profound condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Somalia, and commends the response of the Somali security forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
SIX MONTHS ON: NEW REPORT REVEALS EXTENT OF FEAR AND DISTRESS EXPERIENCED BY ROHINGYA CHILDREN WHO FLED TO BANGLADESH