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16 Oct 2018 description

The African Union (AU) has started setting up a Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at its headquarters in Addis Ababa. This is to support the various efforts across Africa to make peace. Technical obstacles, such as where the unit should be based, as well as problematic coordination between the various AU departments, are, however, slowing down its implementation.

16 Oct 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – 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 by a fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sparked by mass returns from Angola over the last two weeks.

16 Oct 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – Young girls sold into forced labour are the largest group of trafficking victims identified by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps.

IOM counter-trafficking experts warn that more than a year into a crisis that has seen the number of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar soar to almost a million, more desperate families are sending their young daughters off into dangerous work situations because most households have no other way to earn money in the camps.

16 Oct 2018 description

N’DJAMENA – 16 octobre 2018, Après un recul constant depuis plus d’une décennie, la faim dans le monde gagne du terrain. Selon le dernier rapport de l’État de la Sécurité Alimentaire et de la Nutrition dans le monde, plus de 815 millions de personnes sont sous-alimentées. Au Tchad, autour de 4 millions de personnes sont affectées par l’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition chaque année.

16 Oct 2018 description

Kyiv – Thousands of people have been given help to start their own businesses since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. This initiative, conceived and managed by IOM, was celebrated at a festival in the capital Kyiv last weekend.

16 Oct 2018 description

World Food Day official ceremony highlights Zero Hunger goal still possible

16 October 2018, Rome - Speakers at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome today called for stronger political will and more financial support to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, urging the international community to step up its efforts until everyone has enough and quality food.

16 Oct 2018 description
report ActionAid

As World Food Day is marked at the 45th Plenary of the UN Committee on World Food Security in Rome, ActionAid International calls for urgent action from governments to address rising world hunger and climate change.

Adriano Campolina, General Secretary of ActionAid International, is due to address world leaders and food security decision-makers at a plenary session this afternoon.

16 Oct 2018 description


3 Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) at checkpoints on major routes connecting to Herat City at Armalek, Kamar Kulagh, and Chaharsoy Guzara

17,099 IDPs enumerated across all FMPs (inflow + outflow)

15,636 arriving IDPs displaced by drought (91% of all IDPs)

1,313 arriving IDPs displaced by conflict (8% of all IDPs)

14,696 arriving IDPs’ intended destination is Injil district (86%), mainly in informal settlements in Shedaye

10,964 arriving IDPs are from Badghis province (64%)

16 Oct 2018 description

BENI (Province du NORD KIVU), 15 OCTOBRE 2018. L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a remis quatre ambulances au Ministère de la Santé en vue de soutenir la coordination provinciale de la lutte contre la maladie à virus Ebola dans le Nord Kivu. ‘‘Ces ambulances doivent servir aux équipes de riposte pour transporter les malades de la communauté vers le centre de traitement Ebola. Cette contribution permettra de réduire de façon significative le délai de réponse de nos équipes lorsqu’une alerte est donnée.

16 Oct 2018 description

Ljubljana – With the arrival of the last group of resettled refugees at Jože Pučnik Airport on Wednesday, 10 October, the first Slovenian resettlement programme was completed.

Slovenia implemented its first ever refugee resettlement programme with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, by resettling 34 Syrian refugees from Turkey to Slovenia in 2018. The refugee resettlement programme came into effect after the signing of a Framework Agreement between the IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Slovenian government in April 2018.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday visited eastern Uganda's Bududa District where dozens of residents lost their lives in mudslides following heavy downpour.

The president was flanked by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees minister Hillary Onek.

His visit came just hours after the government delivered relief items to the victims.

The disaster, which left hundreds of people displaced in Bukalasi sub-county, was triggered by heavy rainfall last Thursday.

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16 Oct 2018 description

9,905 Newly registered Refugees

The reopening of the border crossing points between Eritrea and Ethiopia has resulted in a significant increase in the number of new arrivals from Eritrea. Between 3rd and 12th October, a total of 5,475 new arrivals were transferred from the border to Endabaguna Reception and Registration center. 6,987 new arrivals were transferred from Endabaguna to Adi Harush, Mai Aini and Hitsats.

16 Oct 2018 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

Through this Operations Update, the Nigeria Red Cross Society seeks a 2 months no-cost timeframe extension (New end date: 24 December 2018) of the operation to allow the National society to finalize the implementation of pending activities. The sectors and implementation areas remain the same with no changes being to the allocated budget.

16 Oct 2018 description

Lima – The United Nations, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have launched the Tu Causa es mi Causa campaign to strengthen solidarity, promote integration and mitigate xenophobia against Venezuelans in Peru.

The campaign was launched on 13 October in Lima, the main host city of Venezuelans in Peru. Parallel events took place in the border towns of Tumbes and Tacna.

16 Oct 2018 description


Kananga, le 15 octobre 2018 – C’est le sens du message du Gouverneur de province Denis Kambayi livré par son Directeur de cabinet lors de la célébration à Kananga de la journée internationale de la paix ce Week end.

16 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 88,736 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 14 October, with 40,598 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined. Spain’s numbers for the year are slightly higher than the figure printed (see chart below) and reflect arrivals only through last Wednesday.

16 Oct 2018 description

Dans le Nord du Tchad, un point de suivi a été installé depuis avril 2017 dans la ville de Kalait, suivi par l’installation de points de suivi à Faya et Zouarké en mars 2018. Ce rapport présente les données collectées pendant le mois d’aout à Faya et Kalait et les mois de juillet-aout a Zouarke, dans le nord du Tchad. Au cours de cette période, une moyenne de 1 293 individus par jour a été observée. Cette augmentation soudaine des mouvements en août est due au fait que le gouvernement tchadien a ordonné à tous les migrants/individus de quitter immédiatement Kouri.

16 Oct 2018 description

Category 1 incident reporting: On any day an incident occurs, the Site Management Sector, with technical support from IOM NPM, collates reports received from Site Management Support agencies. A report is then circulated each evening. This provides an overview of incident, needs, and immediate response provided. Please note that information provided through these initial incident reports is preliminary. Numbers are subject to change with more detailed assessment.

16 Oct 2018 description

Kinshasa – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has in recent days provided humanitarian assistance to 3,000 Congolese nationals expelled from Angola.

16 Oct 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Sheryl L Hendriks Professor in Food Security; Director, Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being, University of Pretoria
Elizabeth Mkandawire Research Assistant, University of Pretoria
Nosipho Mabuza Research Assistant, University of Pretoria, University of Pretoria

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