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.
From tents to the delivery room
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.
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).
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.
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.
UNHCR is distraught by the death of 13 Syrians – including children, women and men – near the Masnaa border in eastern Lebanon during a storm Thursday night (18 to 19 January) while they were attempting to enter Lebanese territory by taking a smuggling route.
The victims were trying to cross an arduous and rugged passage in freezing temperatures. Others in the group, including a pregnant woman, were discovered in time and assisted by nearby residents and the Lebanese Armed Forces and Civil Defence to reach hospitals before they froze to death.
KATHMANDU, January 21, 2018 – The Government of Nepal and the World Bank today signed three financing agreements for $440 million in Kathmandu to invest in the country’s post-earthquake housing reconstruction, livestock innovation, and technical education and vocational training.
DUBAI – Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a stalwart supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Messenger of Peace, has contributed to the launch of a special fund to allow the rapid purchase and transportation of high energy biscuits in response to sudden onset emergencies. The highly fortified biscuits provide people caught in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, or conflict, with an immediate source of nutritious food that is packed with energy.
KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the Taliban-claimed attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul that killed at least six civilians, including one woman, and injured at least three others.
The Intercontinental Hotel was scheduled to hold a technology conference on 21 January, organized by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Also at the hotel, guests had gathered for a wedding ceremony.
Seven years into the Syria crisis, Syrian refugees remain in exile as their country continues to face a protracted conflict and an overwhelming humanitarian crisis. With 13.1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in Syria and 5.5 million Syrian refugees worldwide1 (mainly hosted in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt), this remains the world’s largest displacement crisis.