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22 Jan 2018 description

Papua New Guinea's Kadovar volcano continues to emit ash amid signs that the island may partially collapse.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 Jan 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — The lives and crops of residents living near the Bồ River bank in central Thừa Thiên- Huế Province are being threatened by riverbank landslides.

Landslides have occurred along the riverbank dike section in the province’s Quảng Điền District, threatening 1,000ha of land in the villages of Tân Xuân Lai, La Vân Thượng, Niêm Phò and Phước Yên in Quảng Thọ Commune.

22 Jan 2018 description

JAKARTA — The killing of at least seven protesters by police in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last week was a tragic event, which must be urgently investigated, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today.

“From reports, police action appears to have been wholly disproportionate in this case,” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament. “The incident should be thoroughly and impartially investigated, and perpetrators must be held accountable.”

22 Jan 2018 description
report Peace Winds Japan

In December, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) begun early recovery projects to support communities affected by the flood and mudslide in August 2017 near Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. It had been over 4 months since heavy rain caused the floods and mudslide on a scale previously unseen. People living in affected communities still need to rely on support from the government or NGOs to carry on their lives.

22 Jan 2018 description

The Republic of Korea has stepped up its long-running support for UNFPA’s response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Afghanistan with a recent contribution of $5.4 million.

These funds will help sustain UNFPA’s projects, established through the national government as well as local governments, to prevent and respond to GBV through the end of 2020. These projects are currently active in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, and will expand over the next year to reach 24 provinces.  

22 Jan 2018 description

As many as 4,500 migrants live in government-operated camps in Serbia, but rights activists say that hundreds of others are scattered in the capital Belgrade

BELGRADE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - After traversing several countries en route to the rich West, Najibullah, a former policeman from the Afghan town of Kholm, his pregnant wife and four children, got stuck in Serbia.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

22 Jan 2018 description

Mines planted during more than three years of war in Benghazi are taking a high toll on under-equipped deminers and residents trying to return to districts where protracted battles took place

By Ayman al-Warfalli

BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 21 (Reuters) - As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out - a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps.

22 Jan 2018 description

Penny Mordaunt hails the incredible power of technology to deliver aid in new ways on her first official visit to Kenya.

Penny Mordaunt has hailed the “incredible power of technology to deliver aid in new ways” on her first official visit to Kenya as International Development Secretary.

22 Jan 2018 description
report World Bank

$60.4 million is approved to prevent vulnerable children from stunting and help grow with adequate cognitive development and educational attainment

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2018--The World Bank today approved a total amount of $60.4 million (about FCFA32 billion) in the form of a credit from the International Development Association (IDA*--$50 million), and a grant from the Power of Nutrition Trust Fund ($10.4 million), to support the government of Cote d’Ivoire in its efforts to improve nutrition, cognitive development and education attainment for vulnerable children.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

On the morning of Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island and plunging all of its 3.4 million residents into a desperate humanitarian crisis.

Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an island territory of the United States, located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. It’s known for its white sand beaches, the historic city of Old San Juan, and El Yunque National Forest.

21 Jan 2018 description

Key Findings and Recommendations

Operational Context

3,172 refugees and asylum-seekers have been forcibly transferred by Australia to ‘offshore processing’ facilities in Papua New Guinea and Nauru since the introduction of the current policy in 2013.1 Of these, some 800 remain in Papua New Guinea.

21 Jan 2018 description

In many ways Yakeen is like any toddler. It’s December, and she’s approaching her second birthday. Her cheeks flushed a rosy red by the winter chill, she clings to her mother’s long skirt.

But unlike most two year olds she has spent most of her life living under ISIS in west Mosul, along with her two sisters, Rama, 3 and Hiba, 4. The girls’ early years were vastly different from how their parents had imagined.

21 Jan 2018 description
report Norwegian Capacity

The demand for cash transfer programming (CTP) expertise has grown significantly over the last decade, outstripping the increasing investments made in capacity building.

In order to improve the sustainable inclusion of CTP in the planning, implementation and analysis of humanitarian responses, capacity needs to be boosted across sectors. Standalone training sessions are not enough in themselves to address gaps at the individual and organisational level, or to overcome obstacles in the humanitarian architecture.

21 Jan 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is currently distributing blankets and other essential winter items to over 1,000 households including babies and children as part of its Cold Wave Response in Nepal.

The Irish aid agency is exclusively focusing on vulnerable and marginalised communities in southern Nepal, where people are severely exposed to the elements and have little or no access to warm clothes or humanitarian support. Many of their houses were damaged by floods and they are living in slum-like conditions.

21 Jan 2018 description

From tents to the delivery room

21 Jan 2018 description

Since 2014, the conflict in Iraq has forced an estimated 5.7 million children and adults to leave their homes and seek shelter from the fighting. More than 2.8 million displaced Iraqis have returned home, while more than 2.9 million people remain displaced (IOM). MSF has seen an increasing number of families leaving the camps and returning home. Those remaining in the camps are often the poorest and the most vulnerable who cannot afford to leave the camps and rebuild their destroyed homes. Others say they can’t go home because they don’t feel safe.

21 Jan 2018 description
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The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, concluded a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he met with the Yemeni President Mr. Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi as well as a number of Yemeni political and government figures. He also met with Dr Abdel Aziz Al-Zayyani, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi officials, Ambassadors of the permanent five members of the Security Council and the G18 (members of the diplomatic corps working on Yemen).

21 Jan 2018 description


  • Displacement from recently retaken areas to camps in Kirkuk, Erbil, Ninewa, Salah al-Din and Anbar continues, mainly due to the volatile security situation in these areas. In addition, retaliatory incidents amounting to collective punishment against people and families suspected of affiliations with extremists, lack of adequate housing, and/or lack of livelihood opportunities in areas of return are leading to re-displacement of recently-returned IDPs.

21 Jan 2018 description

688,000 new arrivals are reported as of 21 January, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Baseline survey prior to Round 8. The full dataset can be found here. The increase in the number is not as a result of a significant influx, but due to strengthened assessments.