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14 Aug 2018 description

FAO offers its expertise to farmers and governments in Asia on best ways to manage the invasive pest

14 August 2018, Rome/Bangkok - Fall Armyworm could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia as the invasive crop-eating pest is highly likely to spread further from India, with South East Asia and South China most at risk, FAO warned today.

14 Aug 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the adoption by Paraguay of a new law that helps to identify, protect and solve the situation of stateless people (persons who are not considered as nationals by any State).

14 Aug 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the forced eviction by militias of 1,900 internally displaced persons from Triq Al Matar settlement in Tripoli, Libya. Triq Al Matar was the largest IDP settlement in Tripoli, hosting 370 families originally from the city of Tawergha who had been living in the settlement since it was established in 2011.

14 Aug 2018 description

Tripoli - “I miss my family more than you can imagine. I know they will be waiting for me at the airport when I arrive to Nigeria. I am going home to get my masters, find a good job, and have a family of my own,” said ”Ken,” moments before he boarded the flight returning home via IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return Assistance and Reintegration programme (VHR).

14 Aug 2018 description

Contaminated water and quarrels with neighbours are a thing of the past for Hamed Rwasat, a farmer from An-Nassarieyh village in the West Bank. A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project, supported by the Government of Canada, has addressed poor management and inefficient use of water resources by repairing damaged sections of irrigation systems. This has improved access to clean water for irrigation and put an end to social conflicts over water usage.

14 Aug 2018 description

Overview

So far in 2018, a total of 16,262 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (35%), Iraq (21%) and Afghanistan (15%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (36%), while 40% are men.

Arrivals in July 2018, at 2,545 increased in comparison to June, when 2,439 people arrived on the islands. Arrivals during the first seven months of 2018 are 41% higher than those of the same period in 2017.

14 Aug 2018 description

Highlights

486,796 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

465,352 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018

21,444 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018

23,008 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

631 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

2% of returnees from Iran (565 individuals) assisted

93% of returnees from Pakistan (585 individuals) assisted

14 Aug 2018 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), dedicated its 788th meeting, held on 7 August 2018, in Addis Ababa, to the preparations for the Africa Amnesty Month within the context of the implementation of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020.

14 Aug 2018 description

PAKISTAN

As of 6 August, 67 people had been killed, 128 injured and 222 houses damaged due to flooding as a result of heavy rains between 20 June and 5 August. Heavy rains, the overflow of water channels and high winds caused most of the damage to property and loss of life. The greatest number of fatalities have been reported in the Punjab province where 31 people have died, and 71 people have been injured.

CAMBODIA

14 Aug 2018 description

Operational Updates

  • Afghanistan is suffering from severe drought, which has placed an estimated 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

  • WFP Afghanistan’s response to the drought has three phases. Phase 1, the early response was completed in June and targeted 14 provinces and reached 463,000 people. Phase 2, the enhanced response, is ongoing. Phase 3, the full-scale response, will begin in September or early October.

14 Aug 2018 description

As part of HelpAge International’s project on advancing the rights and protection of conflict-affected older South Sudanese migrants in Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan, HelpAge commissioned the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) to conduct a study on older South Sudanese displaced by conflict, both within South Sudan and across the border in Uganda and Ethiopia.

14 Aug 2018 description

In view of leveraging advocacy and strengthening of resource mobilization for vaccination and immunization, a four-day workshop is being held at Labourdonnais Hotel, Port Louis, Mauritius from 13-17 August 2018. The overall objective of the workshop is to facilitate the elaboration of the first comprehensive Multi Year Plan (cYMP) for Mauritius.

14 Aug 2018 description

Renewed violence in the Oromia and SNNP regions of Ethiopia has caused the displacement of over one million Ethiopians, who are now in critical need of humanitarian assistance.

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners require a total of USD 117.7 million to scale up their response to the most recent round of internal displacement.

UNHCR has received USD 7.5 million from CERF for procurement and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) in regions affected by the recent displacement.

KEY INDICATORS (AS OF 31 JULY)

14 Aug 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 928,663 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 July 2018.

So far in 2018, 34,509 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 2,032 in July. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

UNHCR is actively participating in the humanitarian response to the IDP situation in Ethiopia and has deployed two Emergency Response Teams to Gedeo and West Guji. The teams are supporting the authorities with site management and the co-ordination of responses to protection needs.

14 Aug 2018 description

For the second time in a matter of months, Ebola once again threatens lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This time the deadly Ebola has struck North Kivu, an area rife with armed conflict and violence that could make the virus even more devastating.