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22 Apr 2018 description

Pre-monsoon rains fell last week on what is now regarded as the most densely populated refugee settlement in the world – and certainly among the most acutely vulnerable – near Cox’s Bazar on Bangladesh’s southern coast.

On Wednesday, a “bout of rain lasted only an hour, but brought strong winds and left destruction in its wake,” the UK Guardian’s Kaamil Ahmed reported from the city.

22 Apr 2018 description
report UN News Service

The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of $4.5 million to the organization’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC.

The billionaire philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City, pledged last June to make up the Secretariat’s funding shortfall, caused by US President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

22 Apr 2018 description
  • 10,037 South Sudanese refugee and host community households who received NFI package in March

  • 9 ‘Open area’ refugee settlements in Khartoum

  • 90,145 Reported number of South Sudanese refugees living in ‘open areas’, as per assessment findings

22 Apr 2018 description

22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.

22 Apr 2018 description

PHRI held 3 house meetings in the course of March 2018 together with Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center.

22 Apr 2018 description

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday in Yemen's Taizz Governorate. The aid worker died following an attack by unknown armed assaillants on an ICRC vehicle on the outskirts of Taizz.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to armed groups in southern Libya to allow humanitarian access to thousands of people displaced by fighting to provide urgently needed relief.

Recent deadly clashes between armed groups in and around the southern Libyan city of Sabha have forced an estimated 1,900 families or more than 13,000 people to flee their homes.

U.N. refugee spokesman, Andrej Mahecic says humanitarian help in this region of Libya is desperately needed.

22 Apr 2018 description

Situation overview

The Gu rains started the first week of March across the country, with consistent, heavy rains continuing in flood prone areas of southern and central regions throughout April.

22 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: The UN faces severe access constraints to East Ghouta.

  • Since 15 March, the UN has not been able to reach Duma with life-saving assistance.

  • Since 3 April, the UN has not been given permission to carry out an inter-agency needs assessment mission to Saqba, Kafr Batna and Hammouriya in east Ghouta.

22 Apr 2018 description

Total number of refugees* 767,992
Pre-Dec 2013 refugees 352,462
Total arrivals in 2018 12,331
Total arrivals in Mar 2018 1,989
Post-Dec 2013 refugees 415,530

22 Apr 2018 description

Elections in Lóvua settlement have been completed. Refugees voted for three representatives per village. Seventy-four per cent of eligible refugees voted of which 35 per cent were women.
A Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) will be held from 17 April to end-May.

The findings will allow the re-design of partners’ emergency foodsecurity and nutritional response beyond July 2018. The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay by the contractor company; so far 84m of the 120m have been drilled.

Operational Context

22 Apr 2018 description

The Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) reports two sets of population figures: Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) and the RRRC’s Family Counting exercise. Their distinct yet complementary methodologies are outlined below.


• NPM is designed to give an overview of the total refugee population and basic needs information, and to track fluctuations in population due to internal movements or new arrivals.

22 Apr 2018 description

The March/April update on durable solutions for Syrian refugees focuses on UNHCR's Comprehensive Protection and Solutions Strategy for Syrian refugees, and on resettlement for Syrians.

Introduction and Intentions

22 Apr 2018 description


The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest displacement crisis in the world. There are over 5.4 million refugees across the region and over six million people remain internally displaced. While fighting continues in some parts of Syria, recent developments on the ground have also meant that people have returned to areas where fighting has receded.
There were over 840,000 returns in Syria in 2017: the self-organized return of over 77,0001 Syrian refugees, as well as over 764,000 IDPs.

22 Apr 2018 description

Steady rate of new arrivals continues, with majority crossing through East Darfur and South Darfur in March.

Fuel shortages slow logistics and field movements, limiting partners’ capacity to delivery humanitarian assistance.

Food pipeline breaks are ongoing across the response, with gaps in cooking oil, pulses and salt commodities.

4,348 New arrivals in March 2018

14,690 Total new arrivals in 2018

22 Apr 2018 description

Ahead of the Brussels conference on Syria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges the international community to scale-up healthcare funding for Syrian refugees in the region. A recent decision in Jordan to increase public health care fees for Syrian refugees could impact their access to healthcare and lead to increased vulnerability, says MSF.