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un migration agency assists newly displaced from hawija operations - iraq

military operations to retake hawija district and surrounding areas, which began on 21 september, have to date displaced more than 2,400 individuals from hawija, kirkuk governorate and shirqat, salah al-din governorate. the majority displaced to ninewa governorate, including 1,700 individuals bussed by iraqi authorities to iom’s haj ali emergency site 60 km south of mosul.most of these recently displaced people arrived to a secure area after fleeing their towns and villages, many walking five to 10 hours through desert lands, leaving them dehydrated and exhausted.the majority of idps arriving at haj ali are children, women and older people. as the military operations continue, thousands of additional families are expected to be displaced a...




somalia launches post disaster needs assessment and resilience framework as first step towards long term recovery and risk reduction - somalia

mogadishu, september 19, 2017. at a meeting in mogadishu on monday the federal government of somalia launched a post disaster needs assessment (pdna), to analyze the recurrent impact of drought in the country. the assessment will allow for the development of a recovery and resilience framework (rrf) which will provide a platform for development of investment into long-term resilience and reduction of risk to disaster. the assessment and framework will be a vital first step in enabling somalia to transition from humanitarian intervention towards sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness. the government led initiative is supported by the united nations (un), the world bank and the european union (eu).the prolonged drought currently affect...




caribbean countries start to build back better after hurricanes irma and maria - antigua and barbuda

new york, 22 september - governments in several caribbean countries are starting to rebuild infrastructures, houses and communities with undp’s on the ground support after hurricane irma left catastrophic damage in several countries.after experiencing a few days of delay due to the passage of hurricane maria, the government of barbuda kicked off debris removal efforts on 21 september, with technical support from undp to build back better, as part of a un-wide humanitarian-development strategy.undp’s expertise includes dealing with hazardous medical waste, as well as environmental aspects, such as recycling and landfill management. cash-for-work initiatives are to begin shortly to immediately inject needed cash in affected communities.ove...




burma: landmines deadly for fleeing rohingya - myanmar

military lays internationally banned weapon(new york) – burmese security forces have laid landmines during attacks on villages and along the bangladesh border, posing a grave risk to rohingya muslims fleeing atrocities, human rights watch said today. the burmese government should immediately stop using antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 mine ban treaty.“the dangers faced by thousands of rohingya fleeing atrocities in burma are deadly enough without adding landmines to the mix,” said meenakshi ganguly, south asia director. “the burmese military needs to stop using these banned weapons, which kill and maim without distinction.”according to witness accounts, independent reporting, and photo and video recordings, burmese soldier...




under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator mr. mark lowcock remarks at high-level event on yemen in the margins of the un general assembly, un headquarters, new york, 22 september 2017 - yemen

as deliveredministers, distinguished representatives,thank you for coming this morning to discuss the critical humanitarian situation in yemen. i especially want to thank the foreign minister of sweden, margot wallström, and the foreign minister of the netherlands, bert koenders, for co-chairing today’s event, as well as our keynote speakers, the president of the international committee for the red cross, peter maurer, and the yemen humanitarian coordinator, jamie mcgoldrick.yemen is facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with nearly 21 million people in need of emergency aid or protection. most of them are children. despite the extraordinary scale of the suffering linked to the brutal conflict, including the threat of famine a...




rohingya refugee crisis: humanitarian partners continue to scale up response as refugee numbers approach 430,000 - bangladesh

in the last three weeks, nearly 430,000 rohingya refugees have fled violence across the border from myanmar into bangladesh. refugees have arrived exhausted, hungry and traumatized by their weeks-long ordeal. some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, fire and landmines. thousands paid extortionate fees to make risky crossings from myanmar in small boats, and dozens of people reportedly drowned as a number of overcrowded boats capsized.bangladesh currently hosts more than 700,000 rohingya refugees, but this number continues to increase daily with new arrivals. humanitarian needs are considerable and growing rapidly.the majority of shelters in low-lying areas are flooded d...




un migration agency appeals for over usd 3 million to assist burundian refugees return home from tanzania - united republic of tanzania

kigoma – approximately 12,000 burundian refugees in tanzania have asked the government of tanzania and unhcr, the un refugee agency for assistance to get home. close to 280,000 refugees fled into tanzania from burundi following an upsurge in violence in 2015, of whom nearly 80 per cent are women and children. now, some see the areas from where they originated as safe and want to return.on 31 august, the governments of tanzania and burundi and unhcr signed an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of burundian refugees in tanzania, which initiated the return process. only refugees who have been fully briefed on the situation within their country in order to make an informed decision and then voluntarily sign up will return to burundi throu...




mali: violations and abuses as instability spreads - amnesty international submission for the un universal periodic review, 29th session of the upr working group, january 2018 - mali

introductionsince the universal periodic review (upr) of mali in 2013, instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country, with a growing number of armed groups carrying out attacks. the state of emergency, first imposed in november 2015, has been repeatedly extended, most recently in april 2017. amnesty international has consistently expressed its concern about a wide range of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law committed by malian security forces and international forces on one hand, and armed groups on the other hand.this document was prepared as a submission for the upr of mali in january 2018. in it, amnesty international evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to mali i...




move over malaria: mosquitoes carrying zika, dengue may thrive in warmer africa - world

hotter weather and migration to cities may make different diseases the scourge of the future in africa, scientists sayby kieran guilbert friday, 22 september 2017dakar, sept 22 (thomson reuters foundation) - from deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-saharan africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures.but the dangers do not end there. rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say.mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria.the aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from zika and dengue to c...




south sudanese refugees relocated to camps since september 2016 top 100,000 - ethiopia

addis ababa – unhcr, the un refugee agency, and iom, the un migration agency yesterday (21/09) announced that they had assisted the government of ethiopia in relocating to camps, more than 100,000 south sudanese refugees who had, since september 2016, fled renewed conflict in the world’s youngest nation.since the eruption of the brutal conflict in south sudan in december 2013, ethiopia has received some 330,000 refugees, including more than 115,000 since the renewed violence in september 2016. of these, some 30,000 arrived in july in maiwut, mathiang and pagak in upper nile region bordering gambella.“the sheer scale of the refugee influx which started in september 2016 quickly filled the existing camps in the gambella region to capacit...




unicef intensifica sus esfuerzos tras segundo terremoto en méxico - mexico

la organización requiere 4.6 millones de dólares para responder a las necesidades de la infanciapara apoyar este esfuerzo de unicef: www.unicef.org/peruciudad de méxico, 20 de septiembre de 2017.- unicef, el fondo de las naciones unidas para la infancia en méxico, ha intensificado sus esfuerzos en apoyo a la infancia tras el segundo terremoto que azotó al país en menos de dos semanas. “unicef tiene presencia permanente en méxico pero, en estos momentos, el país y organizaciones como la nuestra enfrentan un gran reto”, señala christian skoog, representante de unicef en el país.“nuestra prioridad en estas circunstancias es contribuir, según se requiera, a proteger la integridad física y emocional de niños, niñas y adolescen...




global action keeping famine at bay but failing to prevent suffering, un chief warns - world

21 september 2017 – nearly seven months after the united nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in south sudan, somalia, north-east nigeria and yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, secretary-general antónio guterres warned today.“to keep famine at bay doesn’t mean to keep suffering at bay,” mr. guterres said at a high-level event on famine prevention and response, organized by the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (ocha) and the world bank.“so, millions and millions of people suffer, millions and millions of people are not food secure, and we have people dying at this very moment,” he a...




un, businesses to expand cooperation on crises - world

new york — united nations aid and development chiefs, government officials, and business leaders today pledged to expand cooperation in preparing for and responding to crises through new networks engaging the private sector.“we cannot afford not to involve the private sector in humanitarian response,” un development programme (undp) administrator achim steiner said. “some 43 percent of people now live in areas especially vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters and crises or in areas of conflict, and by 2030 that number is expected to climb to a staggering 62 percent.”“economic losses from natural disasters alone stand at us$314 billion annually. these challenges pose major risks to the private sector, and small and medium-si...




los conflictos y los impactos climáticos lastran la seguridad alimentaria a pesar de la creciente producción mundial de alimentos - world

el informe de la fao indica un repunte de las cosechas en la mayoría de los países de bajos ingresos con déficit de alimentos21 de septiembre de 2017, roma - las abundantes cosechas en américa latina y la recuperación de la producción agrícola en áfrica austral van camino de mejorar la situación mundial de suministro de alimentos, pero los persistentes conflictos civiles y los impactos climáticos dificultan el avance hacia la reducción del hambre, según advierte una nueva edición del informe de la fao perspectivas de cosechas y situación alimentaria.los huracanes en el caribe y las inundaciones en áfrica occidental pueden mermar los rendimientos agrícolas a nivel local, pero las tendencias generales de la producción alimenta...




un officials urge sustained support for humanitarian efforts in lake chad basin - nigeria

21 september 2017 – united nations officials today underscored the need for sustained international support for the humanitarian response in nigeria and the lake chad region, where millions are in need of emergency assistance.“we can and must help the millions of people displaced by the crisis as well as those hosting the displaced across the beleaguered lake chad region,” under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs mark lowcock told participants at a ministerial event held on the margins of the general assembly’s high-level session.mr. lowcock, who is also un emergency relief coordinator, visited niger and nigeria earlier this month to raise the global profile of the lake chad basin crisis, which is affecting some 17 million pe...




volunteers propel mexico city earthquake response - mexico

manuel ruedamexico city awoke to a strange mix of calm and chaos on wednesday, fol...




who mounts high-impact health response in cox’s bazar, bangladesh - bangladesh

trauma. childbirth. anxiety. disease.these are some of the priority health needs of the more than 420,000 vulnerable people who have sought refuge in cox’s bazar, bangladesh, after fleeing their homes in myanmar’s rakhine state beginning late august. over 388,000 of them – mostly women, children and the elderly – now reside in a series of makeshift and spontaneous settlements wedged between the bay of bengal and the swollen naf river.their most pressing health need? “access to emergency and basic health care services,” says dr n paranietharan, who representative to bangladesh. “whether to treat infectious disease, identify and treat malnutrition, to provide psychosocial support or ensure a woman can give birth safely, access to...




new research finds 3.2 million iraqis living in informal settlements - iraq

baghdad, 19 september 2017 – a new mapping exercise carried out by the ministry of planning in iraq, in collaboration with un-habitat, found that there are currently 3,687 informal settlements in 12 governorates in the country, inhabited by about 3.2 million iraqis.the findings were presented during an event jointly held by the ministry of planning and the general secretariat of the council of ministers within the framework of the national programme for rehabilitation and regularization of informal settlements and idp areas in iraq implemented by un-habitat and funded by the office of refugees and idp affairs at the us embassy.h.e. dr. salman al-jumaili the minister of planning said: “the problem of informal settlements has been exacerba...




internment fears as myanmar plans new camps for scattered rohingya - myanmar

by laignee barronmyanmar plans to open new displacement camps for rohingya in violence-ridden rakhine state, sparking fears t...




niger floods leave tens of thousands homeless as rebuilding lags - niger

"i used to have two houses, both of which collapsed with the rain"by morgane le camniamey, sept 19 (thomson reuters foundation) - ankle-deep in mud, mahamane soumana hesitatingly throws a net in his home's flooded yard in banga bana district, in niger's capital."i'm a rice farmer, not a fisherman," he sighs, tugging at the net. "but my field has been completely flooded for the past two months. so i fish in my courtyard."widespread flooding has killed at least 56 people in niger since the rainy season began in june, and left over 185,000 homeless, according to the interior ministry.in one of the world's poorest countries, where most houses are made of earth or mud, flooding has destroyed thousands of homes."i used to have two house...