The European Commission has provided €500,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support Dominica’s education sector in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last September.
The powerful Category 5 storm severely impacted infrastructure across the country, including the education sector, resulting in over one-third of primary and secondary schools being listed as severely damaged. Access to schooling was disrupted for students across the board.
Over the past two years, EU humanitarian support has been instrumental to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work in Djibouti. Every month, WFP ensures 18 500 refugees are given assistance in the form of food and cash. WFP’s Miguel Tomas meets Kalsouma who has been living as a refugee in Djibouti since more than 25 years.
By Miguel Tomas, Strategic Planning Consultant, WFP Djibouti
Sanyora, 35, is a divorced single mother, living with her six children and her brother at her parents’ home in Beit Lahia, north Gaza. Divorce in Gaza comes at a steep price. “I wouldn’t have had the courage to ask for a divorce without the support of my father. He gave away almost all of his savings earned as a fisherman to cede my rights and financially compensate my husband.” Divorced women are frowned upon by society, suffer from stigma and are often discriminated against in the workplace.
FACTS & FIGURES
22.2 million people (80% of population) in need of humanitarian assistance, of which, 11.3 million people in acute need
Over 3 million internally displaced (of which 0.9 million returnees)
17.8 million people food insecure
16.4 million people in need of basic health care
16 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation
EU humanitarian funding:: €120 million in 2015 & 2016 €76.7 million in 2017
Activity from Mayon Volcano (Albay Province, Bicol Region, south-eastern Luzon Island) has generated more lava flows and ash cloud, which drifted southwestward, over the last 24 hours.
Tropical Cyclone BERGUITTA continued moving south-west over the Indian Ocean. On 17 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 360 km north-east of Mauritius island and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 148 km/h.
The Central African Republic (CAR) conflict is one of the world’s most neglected yet most alarming. It has left the country poverty stricken and divided along ethnic and religious lines. Nearly a fifth of the population has either been internally displaced or forced to flee abroad.
FACTS & FIGURES
3.3 million people are experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity
1.2 million acutely malnourished children expected in 2018
1 in 7 children dies before age 5
2.1 million internally displaced
Over 870 000 Somali refugees in neighbouring countries (sources: FEWS NET, FSNAU, UNHCR, UNICEF)
EU humanitarian funding: €119 million in 2017
December issue of the Legal Alert focuses on the following:
Increase in Minimal Living Wage and Minimal Salary Rates
The Cabinet has Presscribed a Form for Technical Inspections Act for Living Premises
The Court has Quashed Cabinet Resolution No. 365 on the Ground of Discrimination of IDPs
The Cabinet has Adopted IDP Integration and Durable Solutions Strategy
Mayon Volcano (Albay Province, Bicol Region, south-eastern Luzon Island), started to erupt on 13 January at 8.21 UTC (4.21 PM local time) generated a phreatic eruption (steam-driven) that propelled a grayish steam and ash plume approximately 2 500 m high that drifted southwestward.
According to national authorities, as of 14 January at 17:00 UTC, 7 281 people were evacuated to nine evacuation centres across Albay Province.
Kadovar volcano (Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province, north-east of Papua New Guinea), which started to erupt on 5 January, continues its activity.
According to media, as of 15 January at 7:30 UTC, the Governor East Sepik province has ordered the evacuation of 5 000 people from the three interested islands (Kadovar, Blup Blup and Bam) to the mainland.
In addition, media reported,as of the same date, 700 people already evacuated from Kadovar island to Blup Blup island and to Bam island.
At 04:00 UTC of 13 January, the VAAC Advisory from VAAC Darwin remains Orange.
A new Tropical Cyclone named BERGUITTA formed over the Indian Ocean and started moving south-west, strengthening. On 15 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km north of Rodrigues island (Mauritius) and it had maximum sustained winds speed of 120 km/h.
Over the next 24 hours it is forecast to continue moving south-west toward Mauritius island strengthening and it might pass over or north of Mauritius on 17 January afternoon/evening UTC with maximum sustained winds of approximately 180 km/h (equivalent to a Category 3 in the Saffir-Simpson Scale).
An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 M occurred on 14 January at 9.18 UTC with a depth of 36.25 km offshore of Caraveli province (Arequipa region, Peru). Its centre was located 40 km south-southwest of Acari city (approx. population of 4 445 people, Arequipa region).
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid,
and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,
There are more than 3.4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Due to the challenges in getting a legal status, financial problems, language and cultural barriers, some Syrian refugees face difficulties in accessing health facilities and other public services. In order to improve access to the relevant services, and therefore their integration into the Turkish public system, Doctors of the World Turkey – Dünya Doktorları Derneği (DDD), with support from the European Union, helps refugees in addressing a variety of specific needs.