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22 Jan 2018 description
report World Vision

• World Vision raises alarm for significant child refugee psychological distress in Bangladesh

• World Vision warns of “mental health iceberg” with child refugees

• World Vision highlights donor funds are inadequate to address psychosocial needs

22 Jan 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

13 January 2018, 17H00: Mayon Volcano generated a phreatic eruption, generating steam and ash approximately 2,500-meter high.

14 January, 00H30: As more phreatic eruptions occurred, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) raises Mayon from alert level I (abnormal) to alert level II (increasing unrest).

22 Jan 2018 description

Geneva (ICRC) – Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss pressing humanitarian issues in an increasingly digitalized and interconnected yet fractured world. Mr. Maurer has just returned from Sudan, where ICRC is resuming operations in Darfur, and the Central African Republic, where violence and suffering remains largely invisible internationally. Mr. Maurer will speak about operational challenges in 2018 and ICRC's view on cyber warfare, innovative finance, and tech partnerships. Mr.

22 Jan 2018 description

As of 31 December 2017, there were 128,420 internally displaced people (IDP) in 23 IDP sites in Rakhine State, including camps and host families. (source: CCCM)

22 Jan 2018 description

DTM Burundi a identifié 179 901 Personnes Déplacées Internes (PDI) vivant au sein de 40 272 ménages. 81% des PDI sont des femmes et des enfants de moins de 18 ans, tandis que 29% des PDI sont des enfants de moins de 5 ans. 7 371 PDI (4%) vivent dans des camps de déplacés, 94 268 PDI (53%) vivent dans des familles d'accueil, 31 371 PDI (17%) vivent dans des maisons vides ou en paille, et 46 891 (26%) vivent dans des maisons louées. 68% des PDI ont été déplacées à la suite de désastres naturels, tandis que 32% des PDI ont été déplacées en raison de la situation socio-politique.

22 Jan 2018 description


Over 174 000 asylum seekers and refugees currently living in:
Thailand (over 7 600)
Malaysia (150 000)
Indonesia (18 000)
EU humanitarian aid: €2.1 million (in 2016 & 2017)


22 Jan 2018 description
report CARE

Geneva, January 22, 2018 - Today the international aid organization CARE launched a new report highlighting 2017's ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. The report, "Suffering in Silence", found that the humanitarian situation in North Korea received the least media attention globally. While much media focus has been on nuclear brinkmanship, the humanitarian situation has been overlooked. Other crises that rarely made the headlines were Eritrea, Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, DRC, Mali, Lake Chad Basin (Niger, Cameroon, Chad), Vietnam and Peru.

22 Jan 2018 description


The alert level for the Mayon Volcano has been raised to Level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. The volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 January, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. The eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Large-scale power outages in the beginning of January demonstrated the strength of the Red Cross volunteers’ aid in Kainuu. The situation was worst in Suomussalmi and Hyrynsalmi.

Juha Hankkila from Hyrynsalmi has been volunteering with the Red Cross for two years. When a power grid failure caused problems in the local community, volunteers were ready to act.

22 Jan 2018 description
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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is assisting displaced families across Iraq to acquire essential legal documents they need to access public services and assistance. More than 18,600 vulnerable Iraqis received legal documents and over 23,300 benefited from legal assistance related to documentation with the support of UNHCR and its partners during 2017.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese Face Prison if They Refuse to Leave

22 Jan 2018 description


At 31 December 2017, there were 1285 people in immigration detention facilities, including 958 in immigration detention on the mainland and 327 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 448 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 19,590 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

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

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 Reuters - 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.

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

by Jess Wanless, Emergency communications in Iraq, International Rescue Committee

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


  • 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.