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07 Dec 2018 description

07 December 2018, Harare – The Embassy of Sweden announced today SEK 45 million grant to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) to allow the timely roll out of the Crisis Modifier. Crisis modification is used in Resilience building as a tool to implement early actions based on early warning, in this case to better prepare the communities to withstand the shocks posed by the looming El Nino weather phenomenon. This new allocation brings Sweden’s allocation to ZRBF to SEK 120 million.

07 Dec 2018 description

Summary

As of September 2018, close to 240,0001 mostly Somali refugees reside in Dadaab refugee complex. With continued conflict, instability and drought, causing new displacement in Somalia as well as reduced humanitarian funding in Dadaab, there is need to strengthen the knowledge of future return intentions and movement patterns of the refugee population. Since May 2017, REACH has worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on developing tools and methodologies for data collection in the three camps of Dadaab refugee complex (Dagahaley, IFO, Hagadera).

07 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Refugee and migrant children and youth report severe deprivations while on the move – UNICEF

UNICEF releases alarming data from poll of nearly 4,000 refugee and migrant children and youth ahead of Global Compact for Migration Summit in Marrakech

GENEVA/MARRAKECH, 7 December 2018 – Two-thirds of respondents in a UNICEF poll of nearly 4,000 refugees and migrants – aged 14 to 24 – revealed that they were forced to leave their countries, while 44 per cent did so alone.

07 Dec 2018 description

Overview

So far in 2018, a total of 29,567 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (26%),
Afghanistan (26%) and Iraq (19%). More than half of the population are women (23%) and children (37%), while 40% are men.

Arrivals in November 2018, at 2,075 decreased in comparison to October, when 4,073 people arrived on the islands. Arrivals during January to November 2018 are 8% higher than those of the same period in 2017.

07 Dec 2018 description

**Juba (7 December 2018) – Ahead of the International Human Rights Defenders Day on Sunday, 9 December, the Director of the UNMISS Human Rights Division and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in South Sudan, Eugene Nindorera, expressed gratitude and admiration for the work of human rights defenders and called for an expansion of the civic space in South Sudan to promote the implementation of the peace agreement. **

07 Dec 2018 description

Overview

The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (39 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

07 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

Columbus Mavhunga

HARARE, ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's biggest food processing company this week said it is closing its wheat mills because it cannot import the commodity amid foreign currency shortages. Analysts say Zimbabwe's land reform program is the root cause of this and it is likely to cause shortages of products made with flour in the southern African country.

The CEO of National Foods Limited, Michael Lashbrook, Thursday said he hopes Zimbabwe's government will help the company pay wheat suppliers so it does not have to close its flour mills.

07 Dec 2018 description
report IRIN

“Hundreds have already been expelled from reception centres”

Lorenzo D’Agostino, IRIN contributor

Tens of thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers have lost their right to two-year residency permits and integration services in Italy after new legislation championed by the populist government’s right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was signed into law this week.

Read more on IRIN

07 Dec 2018 description
report Theirworld

To mark Theirworld's Safe Schools report, one of our youth activists tells us about the terrifying situation for many children in his home country.

One in six children around the world live in a war zone. Most people are aware of the major conflicts - in countries like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.

But there are also may "hidden crises". Where the spotlight isn't shone very often but where the effect on children and their education is the same.

07 Dec 2018 description

HODEIDAH, 7th December, 2018 (WAM) -- UAE and Sudan armed forces specialist teams, as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, have continued demining operations to remove landmines laid out by Houthi militias in civilian populated areas.

The minesweeping and demining focus areas include populated civilian infrastructure, roads and farmland across liberated regions of the Red Sea Coast in Yemen.

07 Dec 2018 description

In November, 26,000 new displacement were monitored by the UNHCR-led Protection and Returns Monitoring Network (PRMN), a decrease compared to last month. Half of the displacements occurred in Bakool region due to lack of livelihood as pastoralists search for greener pastures. In 2018 so far, PRMN has monitored 858,000 internal displacements due to conflicts, floods and drought.

It is estimated there are 2.6 million internally displaced people in Somalia.

07 Dec 2018 description

The Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) is designed to monitor humanitarian action, conduct multisector assessments, emergency non-food items distributions (NFI) and water, sanitation and hygiene interventions (WASH) when there is no capacity on site. Currently, RRM is made possible through the generous support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humaniarian Aid Office (ECHO), the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

07 Dec 2018 description

Digital trails could endanger people receiving humanitarian aid, ICRC and Privacy International find

Geneva (ICRC) – The humanitarian sector’s growing use of digital and mobile technologies creates records that can be accessed and misused by third parties, potentially putting people receiving humanitarian aid at risk, a joint report from Privacy International and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has found.

07 Dec 2018 description

87,051 refugee returnees (2014 - 2018)

This figure includes voluntary repatriation from Kenya (82,840) and Assisted Spontaneous return from Yemen (3,053) as well as 1,158 returns from other countries such as Djibouti (696), Libya (353), Sudan (64), Eritrea (34), Pakistan, Gambia, Angola, Cambodia and others. Somali refugees from these or other countries who return spontaneously without assistance from the UNHCR are not included.

82,840 refugee returnees from Kenya (2014 - 2018)

07 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

Heather Murdock

MOSUL, IRAQ — In the desert outside Mosul there is a giant sinkhole, once thought a natural wonder, with stories about it going back for generations.

There are believed to be as many as 10,000 or more bodies decomposing inside, unceremoniously dumped by Islamic State militants, after or during the killings.

And as Iraq marks the first anniversary of its victory over IS, this area is still strewn with so many bombs that authorities do not expect to recover those remains soon, if at all.

07 Dec 2018 description

Steep rise in health costs for refugees in Jordan has led Syrians such as 24-year-old Walaa to skip essential check-ups, putting their lives in danger

By Charlie Dunmore and Rima Cherri in Zarqa, Jordan | 07 December 2018