Sana’a – Due to the ongoing offensive, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been forced to postpone its voluntary humanitarian return assistance to migrants stranded in Hudaydah until further notice. The same military operations have, so far, caused 5,775 Yemenis to flee their homes in the Hudaydah area since it began last Wednesday (13/06) – this figure is set to increase over the coming days.
Benin City – Representatives for IOM, the UN Migration Agency, recently went to Edo State, Nigeria to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor and the lyase (Prime Minister) of Benin, and discuss the recent steps taken to combat human trafficking in the region prone to irregular migration.
Richard Danziger, IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa, also met with over 80 returnees who were attending business skills training in preparation for their reintegration assistance under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Nigeria.
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) was briefed by the Head of the Reform Implementation Unit of the African Union (AU) in May 2018 about the options to reform the body and increase its effectiveness. This could include strengthening its working methods and its role in managing crises. However, the AU should also consider updating the PSC Protocol.
Roula is 16 years-old and from Yarmouk, the now largely destroyed Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Just as she was preparing for her 9th grade exams, intense fighting broke out in the camp, destroying her home. This is not the biggest challenge she has come to face. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) took over Yarmouk camp in 2014 and imposed strict limits on education, banning books and even beheading teachers who refused to comply.
A simple technique is saving farms from the crop-destroying pest
22 June 2018, Embu, KENYA - ‘With a good harvest, we have enough maize for ourselves, and then some to sell. But right now we have to buy the maize to feed the family,' says Agnes Waithira Muli, a smallholder farmer in Embu county in central Kenya. She and her husband lost most of their last crop due to Fall Armyworm (FAW), a potentially devastating insect pest that has spread across much of Africa.
Friday, 22 June 2018 – A three-day workshop organized by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to foster strong working relationship between police officers and community members has concluded in Baidoa, the administrative capital of South West state.
The workshop, which commenced on Tuesday, sought to enhance collaboration between the police and local residents through community policing to help promote peace and security in neighbourhoods.
Early Warning for Regions!
According to Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), during the months of mid-March to early April, most regions in the country have received slightly above average rainfall which is favourable for crop growth in the fields in this March to May growing season. This trend is expected to continue throughout the month of April across most regions.
West Nile: “Favourable” crop and pasture conditions reported across the region following persistent rainfall received throughout most of March to early April.
The Emergency Communications officers had been dispatched to support routine health messaging before a major international football championship. They had just arrived, but they could already sense that something was off.
The border guards were unusually tense, looming clouds threatened heavy rain, and radio talk shows were inundated with rumours and calls for protests.
Soon after settling in, their fears were confirmed. Unexpected outbreaks of both Zika virus disease and cholera were occurring, just as the international crowds were arriving.
Two women were seriously injured in a militia attack on farmers returning voluntarily to Kutum in North Darfur on Wednesday. This follows a similarly brutal attack which left at least 19 injured in nearby Tuma on Monday.
A farmer from Kutum told Radio Dabanga that a group of militiamen in a Land Cruiser carrying light weapons beat farmers who have voluntarily returned to Kutum while farming at Minan area of west of Kutum.
He said the attack caused injuries two sisters, Zahra and Fatima Nurelsham who were transferred to Kutum hospital.
NEW YORK, 21st June 2018 (WAM) - The United Arab Emirates is absolutely committed to maintaining and accelerating its cooperation and coordination with the United Nations and other international organisations to boost humanitarian relief and contingency planning in Yemen, said Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
DUBAI, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessmen and philanthropist, has announced the establishment of the "Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund", a new initiative to benefit Arab refugee youth in Jordan, and Lebanon and Arab children affected by wars and disasters residing in the UAE.
The announcement was made on the occasion of the annual ‘World Refugee Day’, being observed this year with the theme, ‘Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees’.
On Monday the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini announced he intends to geographically limit Italian naval and coast guard search and rescue operations to be closer to Italy’s shores. The announcement precedes last week’s decision to ban the Aquarius search and rescue ship and two further NGO ships this week.
This quarterly update is compiled by OCHA ROSEA to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better engage with disaster-affected communities across Southern and Eastern Africa.
Agnes Schneidt, Innovation Officer (Energy and Environment), looks back on UNHCR’s operations in Uganda and lessons learned for the future:
357 Joint External Evaluation in crisis countries – a perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean Region
362 Strategic response to an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, Syrian Arab Republic, 2017–2018
357 Évaluation externe conjointe dans les pays en situation de crise – perspective de la Région de la Méditerranée orientale
362 Riposte stratégique à une flambée de poliovirus circulants dérivés d’une souche vaccinale de type 2, République arabe Syrienne, 2017-2018
Venezuela: Continued impunity amid dismal human rights situation - UN report
GENEVA (22 June 2018) – A UN Human Rights report published on Friday spotlights the failure of Venezuelan authorities to hold accountable perpetrators of serious human rights violations that include killings, the use of excessive force against demonstrators, arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture. The report also lays bare the grave impact of the economic and social crisis in the country on the rights to food and health.
Peter Martell in Riwoto
The breath is shallow and ragged, as if the intake of air is painful for two-year- old Lotabo Loworet, his bony ribs visible through his ragged shirt.
“I had nothing to feed the baby,” says Lowerio Loworet, his aunt, who has looked after the boy since Lotabo’s mother died of a fever in the Kapoeta region, in the far southeast of war-torn South Sudan. “I was afraid he would die.”
As well as severe acute malnutrition, he is suffering from medical complications including pneumonia, causing a cough that wracks his tiny body.
A Briefing Note for policy makers and programme implementers
Cross-border movement remained low with the end of Ramadan and start of Eid holidays.
Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees and return of undocumented Afghans marked significant decreases as compared to the week of 3 to 9 June.
Some 72% (38 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 100% (9 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.
The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was revised to include response to the drought and now calls for $547 million.
In May, flash floods and flooding affected more than 46,000 people across the country.
In provinces like Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul or Uruzgan up to 85 per cent of all girls are not going to school.
In 2018, more than 320,000 Afghan citizens have returned from Iran, many of them deported by authorities.