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occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza: Red Cross facilitates suspension of hostilities to evacuate wounded

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 1 hour 59 min ago
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: occupied Palestinian territory

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) used its services as a neutral intermediary to facilitate an agreement between the Israel Defense Force and Hamas to allow for the evacuation of the sick and injured people in Gaza city at the weekend.

"The Israel Defense Force agreed to suspend hostilities in Shuja'iyya neighbourhood for two hours,” said Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC's delegation in Israel and the occupied territories. “This will enable sick and injured people to receive the medical care they need. It will also give civilians a brief respite from the fighting."

Under the agreement, ambulances were able to move into Shuja'iyya district of Gaza, and civilians were able to evacuate to the west of the Gaza strip.

Since the conflict began, getting sick and injured people in the Gaza strip to hospital has been a top priority for the Red Cross Red Crescent. Staff and volunteers have been working around the clock in dangerous conditions to provide urgent medical care.

As a neutral intermediary, the ICRC maintains confidential bilateral dialogue with all parties to the conflict. The resulting coordination allows emergency access to people in need and the maintenance of vital infrastructure such as the water-supply system.

Under international humanitarian law, medical personnel, hospitals and ambulances exclusively assigned to medical duties must be spared and allowed at all times to carry out their duties. The parties to the conflict must take all measures needed to ensure access to all those in need and their safe evacuation, without any distinction. International law also obliges the parties to the conflict to respect the red crescent and red cross emblems and to duly protect those displaying those emblems.

Pakistan: US announce additional $9.3 million aid for IDPs

Pakistan - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Source: Frontier Post Country: Pakistan, United States of America

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk): The Embassy of the United States Tuesday announced an additional contribution of $9.3 million to help Pakistan meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency, a statement issued here stated.

“These funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),” a spokesperson for US embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

“The US government will provide $7 million dollars to UNICEF/Pakistan to improve health, hygiene, water, and sanitation services for IDPs with the remaining funds used to ensure the health of livestock.”

This new funding brings the total US contribution benefiting IDPs from North Waziristan to $17.3 million. The United States had announced $8 million in food assistance for IDPs last month.

“The United States stands ready to help the Government of Pakistan prepare for and respond to the considerable humanitarian needs emerging in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA),” US Ambassador in Pakistan, Richard Olson commented on the assistance package.

He said, “Our additional $9.3 million contribution reiterates the importance of the partnership between the Government of Pakistan, development organisations, and the United States.”

UNICEF/Pakistan will use the funds to strengthen the existing Lady Health Workers (LHWs) Program and train new LHW staff in places hosting the IDPs to ensure timely and consistent delivery of essential medicine, oral rehydration solutions, and other essential health services, said the statement.

The spokesperson also said that to help ensure the livelihood and economic survival of the displaced population, a portion of the $9.3 million will also be used to help maintain the health of animals belonging to the IDPs.

Support will include ensuring access to feed, water, and the provision of temporary shelter.

Central African Republic: Appel de fonds révisé de 210 millions de dollars pour l'aide du HCR aux réfugiés centrafricains

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

GENEVE, 22 juillet (HCR) – Le HCR et ses partenaires ont appelé aujourd'hui les bailleurs de fonds à contribuer davantage pour faire face à l'afflux continu et à la détérioration de la condition des réfugiés centrafricains.

En collaboration avec 16 autres agences humanitaires, le HCR a lancé mardi un Plan régional révisé pour l'aide aux réfugiés centrafricains. L'appel de fonds s'élève à 210 millions de dollars pour venir en aide aux réfugiés arrivant en nombre croissant dans quatre pays hôtes – le Cameroun, le Tchad, la République démocratique du Congo et le Congo – jusqu'à la fin 2014.

Ce nouvel appel de fonds est inférieur à celui qui avait été publié en avril et qui s'élevait à 274 millions de dollars. En effet, les prévisions sur les arrivées de réfugiés ont été revues à la baisse en RDC et les rapatriés au Tchad sont désormais exclus, contrairement au premier appel de fonds. Toutefois, les besoins ont augmenté au Cameroun, où arrive la majorité des réfugiés. Dans le plan régional révisé, la somme demandée pour les réfugiés centrafricains au Cameroun s'élève à 111 millions de dollars, soit presque le double de la somme initialement recherchée. Moins d'un tiers du Plan régional révisé est actuellement financé.

Plus de 357 000 personnes ont fui la République centrafricaine vers les quatre pays hôtes depuis l'éruption de la crise en décembre 2012. Ce nombre comprend quelque 160 000 personnes ayant quitté la République centrafricaine après l'intensification des combats entre l'alliance séléka et la milice anti-balaka en décembre 2013. Parmi les personnes ayant fui ces sept derniers mois – en majorité des musulmans – 118 000 d'entre elles se trouvent au Cameroun, 17 500 autres au Tchad, plus de 15 000 en RDC et 9 000 au Congo.

Le plan révisé comporte des mesures renforcées pour aider les nouveaux arrivants, y compris la réception, l'enregistrement et leur transfert depuis la zone frontalière vers des sites de réfugiés, et la fourniture de services essentiels comme la nourriture, les soins de santé, l'abri, la planification de site, la distribution d'eau et les installations d'assainissement. Des mesures urgentes sont également nécessaires pour aider les réfugiés vivant hors des sites officiels, ainsi que leurs communautés d'accueil.

« Les nouveaux réfugiés montrent des signes de la violence brutale qu'ils ont fuie en RCA. Ils ont marché pendant des semaines dans la forêt avec très peu à manger ou à boire. En avril et mai, jusqu'à 40% de tous les nouveaux réfugiés, les enfants comme les adultes, souffraient de malnutrition », a déclaré le porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch aux journalistes mardi à Genève. « Nous craignons que, pour certains enfants, il soit déjà trop tard. »

Babar Baloch a souligné que les taux de malnutrition sont particulièrement élevés chez les nouveaux arrivants au Cameroun, où « plus de 60% des réfugiés sont des femmes et des enfants, avec un nombre élevé d'enfants non accompagnés. »

Il demeure urgent de transférer les réfugiés hors des zones en proie à l'insécurité ainsi que des localités difficiles d'accès. Il faut également établir plusieurs sites de réfugiés pour assurer leur sécurité. Le début de la saison des pluies soulève des préoccupations quant aux sérieuses lacunes en termes de logement, de distribution d'eau, d'installations d'assainissement et pour l'hygiène.

Malgré les besoins croissants, la crise des réfugiés centrafricains demeure l'une des situations d'urgence les plus mal financées.

« Le manque de financement entrave notre capacité à fournir une aide vitale pour la survie des réfugiés, et l'aide aux communautés d'accueil est encore moins envisageable », a déclaré Babar Baloch.

Central African Republic: Appel de fonds révisé de 210 millions de dollars pour l'aide du HCR aux réfugiés centrafricains

Chad - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

GENEVE, 22 juillet (HCR) – Le HCR et ses partenaires ont appelé aujourd'hui les bailleurs de fonds à contribuer davantage pour faire face à l'afflux continu et à la détérioration de la condition des réfugiés centrafricains.

En collaboration avec 16 autres agences humanitaires, le HCR a lancé mardi un Plan régional révisé pour l'aide aux réfugiés centrafricains. L'appel de fonds s'élève à 210 millions de dollars pour venir en aide aux réfugiés arrivant en nombre croissant dans quatre pays hôtes – le Cameroun, le Tchad, la République démocratique du Congo et le Congo – jusqu'à la fin 2014.

Ce nouvel appel de fonds est inférieur à celui qui avait été publié en avril et qui s'élevait à 274 millions de dollars. En effet, les prévisions sur les arrivées de réfugiés ont été revues à la baisse en RDC et les rapatriés au Tchad sont désormais exclus, contrairement au premier appel de fonds. Toutefois, les besoins ont augmenté au Cameroun, où arrive la majorité des réfugiés. Dans le plan régional révisé, la somme demandée pour les réfugiés centrafricains au Cameroun s'élève à 111 millions de dollars, soit presque le double de la somme initialement recherchée. Moins d'un tiers du Plan régional révisé est actuellement financé.

Plus de 357 000 personnes ont fui la République centrafricaine vers les quatre pays hôtes depuis l'éruption de la crise en décembre 2012. Ce nombre comprend quelque 160 000 personnes ayant quitté la République centrafricaine après l'intensification des combats entre l'alliance séléka et la milice anti-balaka en décembre 2013. Parmi les personnes ayant fui ces sept derniers mois – en majorité des musulmans – 118 000 d'entre elles se trouvent au Cameroun, 17 500 autres au Tchad, plus de 15 000 en RDC et 9 000 au Congo.

Le plan révisé comporte des mesures renforcées pour aider les nouveaux arrivants, y compris la réception, l'enregistrement et leur transfert depuis la zone frontalière vers des sites de réfugiés, et la fourniture de services essentiels comme la nourriture, les soins de santé, l'abri, la planification de site, la distribution d'eau et les installations d'assainissement. Des mesures urgentes sont également nécessaires pour aider les réfugiés vivant hors des sites officiels, ainsi que leurs communautés d'accueil.

« Les nouveaux réfugiés montrent des signes de la violence brutale qu'ils ont fuie en RCA. Ils ont marché pendant des semaines dans la forêt avec très peu à manger ou à boire. En avril et mai, jusqu'à 40% de tous les nouveaux réfugiés, les enfants comme les adultes, souffraient de malnutrition », a déclaré le porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch aux journalistes mardi à Genève. « Nous craignons que, pour certains enfants, il soit déjà trop tard. »

Babar Baloch a souligné que les taux de malnutrition sont particulièrement élevés chez les nouveaux arrivants au Cameroun, où « plus de 60% des réfugiés sont des femmes et des enfants, avec un nombre élevé d'enfants non accompagnés. »

Il demeure urgent de transférer les réfugiés hors des zones en proie à l'insécurité ainsi que des localités difficiles d'accès. Il faut également établir plusieurs sites de réfugiés pour assurer leur sécurité. Le début de la saison des pluies soulève des préoccupations quant aux sérieuses lacunes en termes de logement, de distribution d'eau, d'installations d'assainissement et pour l'hygiène.

Malgré les besoins croissants, la crise des réfugiés centrafricains demeure l'une des situations d'urgence les plus mal financées.

« Le manque de financement entrave notre capacité à fournir une aide vitale pour la survie des réfugiés, et l'aide aux communautés d'accueil est encore moins envisageable », a déclaré Babar Baloch.

Central African Republic: Appel de fonds révisé de 210 millions de dollars pour l'aide du HCR aux réfugiés centrafricains

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

GENEVE, 22 juillet (HCR) – Le HCR et ses partenaires ont appelé aujourd'hui les bailleurs de fonds à contribuer davantage pour faire face à l'afflux continu et à la détérioration de la condition des réfugiés centrafricains.

En collaboration avec 16 autres agences humanitaires, le HCR a lancé mardi un Plan régional révisé pour l'aide aux réfugiés centrafricains. L'appel de fonds s'élève à 210 millions de dollars pour venir en aide aux réfugiés arrivant en nombre croissant dans quatre pays hôtes – le Cameroun, le Tchad, la République démocratique du Congo et le Congo – jusqu'à la fin 2014.

Ce nouvel appel de fonds est inférieur à celui qui avait été publié en avril et qui s'élevait à 274 millions de dollars. En effet, les prévisions sur les arrivées de réfugiés ont été revues à la baisse en RDC et les rapatriés au Tchad sont désormais exclus, contrairement au premier appel de fonds. Toutefois, les besoins ont augmenté au Cameroun, où arrive la majorité des réfugiés. Dans le plan régional révisé, la somme demandée pour les réfugiés centrafricains au Cameroun s'élève à 111 millions de dollars, soit presque le double de la somme initialement recherchée. Moins d'un tiers du Plan régional révisé est actuellement financé.

Plus de 357 000 personnes ont fui la République centrafricaine vers les quatre pays hôtes depuis l'éruption de la crise en décembre 2012. Ce nombre comprend quelque 160 000 personnes ayant quitté la République centrafricaine après l'intensification des combats entre l'alliance séléka et la milice anti-balaka en décembre 2013. Parmi les personnes ayant fui ces sept derniers mois – en majorité des musulmans – 118 000 d'entre elles se trouvent au Cameroun, 17 500 autres au Tchad, plus de 15 000 en RDC et 9 000 au Congo.

Le plan révisé comporte des mesures renforcées pour aider les nouveaux arrivants, y compris la réception, l'enregistrement et leur transfert depuis la zone frontalière vers des sites de réfugiés, et la fourniture de services essentiels comme la nourriture, les soins de santé, l'abri, la planification de site, la distribution d'eau et les installations d'assainissement. Des mesures urgentes sont également nécessaires pour aider les réfugiés vivant hors des sites officiels, ainsi que leurs communautés d'accueil.

« Les nouveaux réfugiés montrent des signes de la violence brutale qu'ils ont fuie en RCA. Ils ont marché pendant des semaines dans la forêt avec très peu à manger ou à boire. En avril et mai, jusqu'à 40% de tous les nouveaux réfugiés, les enfants comme les adultes, souffraient de malnutrition », a déclaré le porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch aux journalistes mardi à Genève. « Nous craignons que, pour certains enfants, il soit déjà trop tard. »

Babar Baloch a souligné que les taux de malnutrition sont particulièrement élevés chez les nouveaux arrivants au Cameroun, où « plus de 60% des réfugiés sont des femmes et des enfants, avec un nombre élevé d'enfants non accompagnés. »

Il demeure urgent de transférer les réfugiés hors des zones en proie à l'insécurité ainsi que des localités difficiles d'accès. Il faut également établir plusieurs sites de réfugiés pour assurer leur sécurité. Le début de la saison des pluies soulève des préoccupations quant aux sérieuses lacunes en termes de logement, de distribution d'eau, d'installations d'assainissement et pour l'hygiène.

Malgré les besoins croissants, la crise des réfugiés centrafricains demeure l'une des situations d'urgence les plus mal financées.

« Le manque de financement entrave notre capacité à fournir une aide vitale pour la survie des réfugiés, et l'aide aux communautés d'accueil est encore moins envisageable », a déclaré Babar Baloch.

Cameroon: Le Cameroun au péril de sa vie

CAR - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 55 min ago
Source: Solidarités International Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic

Responsable de notre équipe d’urgence, Sandra Lamarque est depuis juin au Cameroun où 100 000 réfugiés nécessitent de l’aide après avoir marché pendant des mois pour se réfugier ici. Parmi eux, il y a Ibrahim qu’elle a rencontré sur le site de transit bondé de Garoua Boulai.

Ibrahim vient de Gaga, ville de l’Ouest centrafricain qui vit de l’exploitation et du commerce de l’or. Ibrahim était un commerçant prospère. ‘’Mais l’or, m’a-t-il dit, est vite devenu une malédiction, suscitant tour à tour la convoitise et les attaques des milices de tous bords.’’ En décembre dernier, les anti-balaka ont fini par brûlé nombre de maisons et de commerces. Ibrahim n’a pas eu d’autre solution que de fuir vers le Cameroun avec sa famille.

La souffrance et la mort sur la route de l'exil

Il m’a raconté qu’il leur a fallu deux mois pour atteindre la frontière. Deux mois de peur et de privations. Deux mois de marche interminables à travers la forêt, pour tenter d’échapper aux milices et aux coupeurs de route. Quelques bâches les maintiennent à l’abri de la nuit. Le bétail qu’ils ont emmené avec eux leur permet de survivre. Mais un matin, des anti-balaka les surprennent, leur volent tout. Ibrahim, son épouse et sa fille ont juste le temps de s’enfuir. ‘’Pas mon frère, m’avoue-t-il avec pudeur, froidement exécuté avec ses deux enfants en bas âge.’’ S’en suivent alors les semaines les plus difficiles. La marche continue, la douleur et la faim au ventre. Il faut se contenter d’une soupe d’herbes bouillies, et de l’espoir d’atteindre la Cameroun.

"Avant nous donnions aux nécessiteux. Regardez aujourd'hui..."

Cela fait maintenant quatre mois qu’Ibrahim vit ici. Je l’ai rencontré dans le site de transit de Garoua Boulai. Les conditions de vie y sont précaires. Les premiers réfugiés ont pu bénéficier d’une tente ou d’un abri collectif. Les autres n’ont d’autre choix que de construire leur cahute avec des branchages et des matériaux de récupération.

‘’Avant, nous habitions une maison, dormions dans un lit, m’a confié Ibrahim. Ici, seuls les plus chanceux ont une natte. Les autres dorment à même le sol. Avec ce froid, c’est très dur. Surtout pour les enfants.’’ La nourriture fait également défaut. Les distributions sont incomplètes et irrégulières. A l’origine, le site de Garoua Boulai devait être un simple point de transit pour les réfugiés. Malheureusement, les camps du HCR sont saturés. Certains vivent ici depuis plus d’un mois.

Pendant l’entretien, l’épouse d’Ibrahim parle à peine. Son regard ne croise jamais le mien. ‘’C’est parce qu’elle a honte, finit par me dire Ibrahim. Avant, nous étions riches. C’était à nous de donner aux nécessiteux. Regardez aujourd’hui, nous n’avons même pas de quoi nous nourrir.’’

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Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Protection

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 57 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

As 30 June 2014, 220, 210 Syrians were registered with UNHCR (82,0020 households). An estimated 1% of the population is pending registration at the end of the reporting period.

During the reporting month, the Residency Department in Erbil commenced the issuance and renewal of residency permits for Syrian refugees residing in urban areas within the governorate. The process is comprised of several stages, including a screening by the security authorities and verification and renewal of UNHCR documentation. The documentation by the authorities in the improvement of protection situation of the urban refugee population which consitutes on average 55% of the total registered Syrian population in KR-I.

The Action plan for verification of Syrian refugee population was finalized as a result of series of discussions and consultations with host authorities, technical experts and various protection actors at the field level. At the end of the reporting period, procurement and training of staff is underway to ensure a smooth implementation of the exercise in all three governorates of the KR-I. Importantly, the planned exercise contains a biometrics component which is introduced at the operational level for the first time.
Multi-functional teams (MFTs) continued to monitor the situation at the border, assessing the nature of individual returns to Syria, as well as new arrivals to the KR-I. Advocacy for access to asylum for persons in need of international protection is ongoing, as well as interventions at various levels to prevent deportation of persons with international protection needs.

In course of the reporting month, the SGBV sub-Working group finalized the SOPs on SGBV and prepared an action plan on the roll-out. The plan includes specific training activities for the frontline workers from partner organizations involved in identification and referral of SGBV cases .

The situation for refugees in Al-Qaim continued to deteriorate due to the conflict in Anbar. Many refugees left the camp and crossed into Syria. However, some refugees returned to the Al-Obaidy camp as the situation in Albu Kamal (Syria) was dire.

From June 2014, Al-Obaidy camp became inaccessible to UN agencies and other humanitarian staff. Nevertheless, UNHCR’s partner, ISHO, continues to provide basic services to the refugees (distributing bread, kerosene, and cash for complementary food and ice blocks).

Afghanistan: From hidden struggles towards political participation: Afghan women’s perspectives on peace and security beyond transition

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 32 sec ago
Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation Country: Afghanistan preview

Summary

Women in Afghanistan have achieved significant progress in terms of working in public life since the international intervention in 2001. Despite of insecurity, patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory mindsets they have effective presence in parliament, media, government and civil society to contribute in democratization and stability of the country.

Portraying the story of their public life seems important because of certain interrelated reasons: to motivate other women to enter into public life, to promote women’s social acceptance and to strengthen their role in the traditional society of Afghanistan. In order to address these issues, Rahe Madaneyat Weekly Magazine and Heinrich Boell Stiftung (hbs) decided to highlight the individual and social role of Afghan women and to enhance awareness on the fact that there are successful women in Afghanistan who contribute towards democratization of the country and towards peace and stability through this series of interviews of “Successful Women”.

This publication combines all 31 interviews portraits published in Rahe Madaneyat Magazine during 2012 and 2013 as well as 4 interview portraits were published before the start of the project. The portraits include stories of women artists, film makers, and business women, women in the police, young leaders, and women members of the parliament and cabinet ministers, women rights activists and poets. They are friendly dialogues reflecting the visions and practices of Afghan women from a very personal level to socio-political affairs and they discuss their administration and working environment. The women interviewed describe how they interact with their husbands and govern their family. They describe how women fight against discrimination and injustice and how they support democracy and its values throughout their work. The interviewees present how women could play an effective role to safeguard the achievements made over the last 12 years also in the future.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Food Security

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 38 sec ago
Source: World Food Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

•Due to changes in the lab testing requirements before importation of food commodities into Iraq WFP faced a complete pipeline break resulting in the delay of food distributions in most of the Syrian refugees. Pending delivery of the new food consignment, beneficiaries in Akre received their partial rations to cover two weeks. The remaining rations were distributed after a two week delay before the end the month.

•In June 2014, WFP provided food assistance to 72,165 Syrian refugee men, women, boys and girls in Domiz camp through the provision of food vouchers . The decline in the number of beneficiaries targeted compared to previous months may be due to the new registration procedures implemented by the Duhok Modification Centre (DMC) requiring identification of the beneficiaries according to their actual place of residence.

•The food voucher programme injected over US$2.2 million into the local economy. Since the start of the programme, WFP's voucher programme has injected over US$32 million into the local economy. The participating retail shops continued to provide free transport between the camp and voucher redemption shops as well as inside Domiz camp.

•WFP also provided to in-kind food to 33,258 Syrian refugees in all ten Syrian refugee camps Iraq. •There was no school feeding assistance as schools are closed for the summer holidays.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Education

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 1 min ago
Source: UN Children's Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

UNICEF has supported the MOE to hold examinations for 6574 children in the camps. This is a major success for the education sector who has been advocating for the children who studied the Syrian curriculum to be certified.

Construction continued of 8 schools, 5 in the non-camp settings and 3 in the camp s . One 12 classroom school completed in Erbil was handed over to the Ministry of Education which appointed a head teacher. UNICEF continues to advocate with MOE to recruit teachers in order to open in September.

UNESCO has run catch up classes for 240 secondary school students (grades 10-12) in Darashakran and Kawergosk camps in partnership with Public Aid Organization (PAO). UNESCO, in partnership with KURDS NGO, is running two literacy campaigns including one in Kawergosk and one in Darashakran for 199 youths.

Save the Children, in partnership with UNICEF conducted awareness raising activities to encourage Syrian children to enrol in 3 catch up schools in the Erbil, urban area. 33 Teachers will be hired and trained to begin classes in July.

A dedicated cluster coordinator was seconded for six weeks through Save the Children to support increased coordination and joined up approach. Both Save the Children and UNICEF as co leads are recruiting cluster/sector coordinators.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Health

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 2 min ago
Source: World Health Organization, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

• More than 32,400 refugees utilised available primary, secondary and tertiary health care services provided by the Directorate of Health (DoH) and NGO partners with the support of UN agencies. The overall health care utilisation rate is stable, no outbreaks of communicable diseases occurred.

• PU-AMI started providing curative services in Domiz 2 camp to complement services provided by DoH and IMC. In Arbat, Sulaymaniyah, families started to reallocated to the new permanent camp. The Italian NGO EMERGENCY started to provide 24/7 health services in the new camp, for families remaining in the transit camp a referral system is established to ensure continuous access to health services.

• Since mid June frequent power cuts endanger health service provision in camp PHCs. UNHCR is assessing PHC and will provide generators to 4 facilities.

• UNFPA conducted a 3 days training on Minimum Initial Service Package for reproductive health for 20 health practitioners in Erbil.A comprehensive action plan has been developed jointly by participants and has been endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

A WHO cholera risk assessment mission visited refugee camps and public health experts conducted training for national health professionals on the management of diarrheal diseases, including cholera. WHO has also provided the Ministry of Health with ORS and diarrheal disease kits for the treatment of 1200 people.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Shelter

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 4 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

Gawilan Camp: 300 families relocated from transit site to the Permanent site after UNHCR implemented 1,632 tents foundation with kitchens and government did the electricity grid.

Arbat Camp: 500 families relocated from transit site to the Permanent camp (blocks A&B) after UNHCR implemented 2,040 tents foundation with kitchens. Kurdistan Regional Governement (KR-I ) provided the electricity grid and water net for blocks (A &B).

Afghanistan: The Age of Youth: The Peaceful Shaping of Afghanistan’s Transition Decade

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 4 min ago
Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation Country: Afghanistan preview

Summary

Since the fall of the Taliban, Youth have emerged as an important political and economic force in Afghanistan. They are one of the most important demographic groups, with nearly two-third of the population being under the age of 25 years.

In a country where leadership is traditionally concentrated in the hands of male elites of a certain age and standing, youth have started to push into the political and economic arena demanding their rights to be included as well as offering the skills they were able to hone over the past 12 years.

Youth feel that they have much to contribute to peace and reconciliation as well as regional stability due to:

  • Being untainted by past involvements in conflict and fighting; pledging to not repeat past mistakes.
  • Acceptance of the diversity of Afghan society and welcoming of inclusive and participatory democratic structures.
  • Commitment to a democratic process that offers peaceful change over more violence.
  • Ability to network across ethnic and tribal groups and reach out to their peers in the insurgency
  • Focus on regional cooperation rather than competition.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Basic Needs

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 7 min ago
Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic preview

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

During the reporting period, UNHCR in Duhok continued with the distribution of fans and water jerry cans to respond to the summer heat for refugees in both camps and non-camps. A total of 5,507 non camp families were reached with fans (UNHCR) and 298 with refrigerators from PWJ.

Since the beginning of summer, a total of 6,286 families in Domiz camp, 458 in Gawilan, 298 Akre castle, 5,172 non camp and 335 EVIs Host Community have received rechargeable fans and water jerry cans. IOM covered the needs of fans for the Gawilan and Akre camps, in addition they also provided cooler boxes, mats and plastic sheets to the families in Gawilan and Akre.

ORYX Oil Company distributed 425 Air coolers and 434 refrigerators to families in Gawilan to respond to the summer needs. In addition they also distributed 434 fire extinguishers. In total, for both camps and non-camps, 12, 549 families, including 335 EVIs Host Community, have been reached with the summer items.

DRC began implementation of 16 shaded areas in Erbil Governorate camps following receipt of funding from the Erbil Refugee Council.

In June, no cooking kerosene was distributed in due to subsidized kerosene being no longer available. Part from the summarisation plan, the Communal shades will be ready for the Erbil camps refugees use by July 2014.

PWJ still distributing summer clothes to the refugees Children (5-17 years) in all camps based on needs.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: WASH

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JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

Water consumption in the summer months in dramatically increasing as a result of both personal domestic use, and as a result of installation and use of air coolers. Meeting these increased needs, while considering the available resources is a tricky balance. Water conservation measures continue in camps through social mobilization activities, repairing faulty connections, reducing illegal connections and ensuring more equitable distribution.

There are two active sub-working groups: technical working groups for both technical solutions for Domiz camp and Disability working groups are moving into the warm summer months, and as part of cholera preparedness/preventions, hygiene promotion activities are focusing on key messaging to minimize the likelihood of diarrheal disease outbreaks.

Upwards of 101,314 people have been reached through hygiene promotion activities.

All refugees living in camps are benefitting from the minimum standard of water, sanitation, and hygiene services. Issue of equity remains, particularly in regards to equal access to water. A water conservatoin working group developing strategies to address these inequalities.

Iraq: Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Social Cohesion & Livelihoods

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JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • IOM is working in two refugee camps for Syrians namely Darasharakran and Basirma.
    In Darashakran 236 persons have been assisted with business management trainings, 332 beneficiaries in small business and 100 beneficiaries in vocational training such: (English course, tailoring and plumbing).

In Basirma camp 60 beneficiaries assisted in small business startup and 59 beneficiaries with Business management trainings.

  • DRC is following up with 2013 beneficiaries to assist in the business scale ups. Almost 50% of them have been contacted so far in both Erbil and Duhok.

NEEDS ANALYSIS:

According to the Needs Assessment conducted by REACH for camp-refugees in April 2014, 47 per cent of the respondents among camp residing refugees have reported no source of cash/income for their household. The survey response in Basirma,
Darashakran and Gawilan camps exhibit much lower figures of households having an income, 28 per cent, 35 per cent and 36 per cent respectively, which indicates refugees living in remote areas are in a disadvantageous position due to distance and the additional burden of transportation costs.

Forty per cent of non-camp in Sulaymaniyah answered that they do not sufficient income to afford essential items but only 21 per cent of the respondents in Duhok reported the same (the average in three governorates: 30 per cent). A comprehensive labour market survey on the growing economic sectors in the Kurdistan Region, such as construction, services (hospitality and tourism) and agriculture is needed to be conducted, to ensure skill matching to secure sustainable income sources in future programming.

A special attention needs to be paid to the refugees with vulnerability and special needs, such as women, youth, and people with disability. The MSNA study indicates that only 18 per cent of female members of non-camp households are earning an income. The Rapid Needs Assessment on refugees with disabilities in Domiz camp conducted by Handicap International in support of UNICEF indicates 99 per cent of refugees with disabilities were not working in comparison to 86 per cent of the non-disable control group.

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria Regional Response Plan ‐ RRP6 (all agencies) Funding status as at 22 July 2014

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Kenya: UNHCR Dadaab Update 11/14 Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya | 01 - 15 July 2014

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Ministerial Delegation from Juba Land visit to Dadaab

On 4th July, UNHCR Dadaab received a ministerial delegation from Somalia’s Juba Land.
The delegation visited camps and met with various leaders and refugees who have expressed interest to voluntarily return to Somalia. They expressed confidence that the three return pilot areas (Luuq, Baidowa and Kismayu) as outlined in the tripartite agreement have been pacified by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and are safe for return. They however pointed out that while it was imperative that return to Somalia is an individual’s decision, potential returnees should thoroughly be informed about the situation in Somalia particularly in the three pilot areas.

Donation of Non Food Items to Dadaab Refugee Host Community

On 15th July, UNHCR donated sets of Non Food Items (NFI’s) including sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and cooking items to the Dadaab refugee host community.

While handing over the items to members of Dadaab Sub-County at Dadaab constituency offices, UNHCR Head of Operations - Ahmed Warsame thanked all community members present and the entire community in general through radio for having hosted refugees for close to 24 years now.

He urged them to sustain their good will even as UNHCR continues to protect and seek lasting solutions for all refugees and asylum seekers.

Another bunch of similar NFI’s had earlier been donated to host communities in Wajir South and Fafi Sub-Counties. These two counties are also part of the larger Dadaab refugee host community.

The items will benefit community members living with disability as well as elderly members. UNHCR often supports the host community in its development agenda especially through funding of education projects, security and infrastructure as a way of encouraging coexistence between refugees and their Kenyan host community.

Kenya: UNHCR Dadaab Update 11/14 Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya | 01 - 15 July 2014

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Kenya, Somalia preview

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Ministerial Delegation from Juba Land visit to Dadaab

On 4th July, UNHCR Dadaab received a ministerial delegation from Somalia’s Juba Land.
The delegation visited camps and met with various leaders and refugees who have expressed interest to voluntarily return to Somalia. They expressed confidence that the three return pilot areas (Luuq, Baidowa and Kismayu) as outlined in the tripartite agreement have been pacified by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and are safe for return. They however pointed out that while it was imperative that return to Somalia is an individual’s decision, potential returnees should thoroughly be informed about the situation in Somalia particularly in the three pilot areas.

Donation of Non Food Items to Dadaab Refugee Host Community

On 15th July, UNHCR donated sets of Non Food Items (NFI’s) including sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and cooking items to the Dadaab refugee host community.

While handing over the items to members of Dadaab Sub-County at Dadaab constituency offices, UNHCR Head of Operations - Ahmed Warsame thanked all community members present and the entire community in general through radio for having hosted refugees for close to 24 years now.

He urged them to sustain their good will even as UNHCR continues to protect and seek lasting solutions for all refugees and asylum seekers.

Another bunch of similar NFI’s had earlier been donated to host communities in Wajir South and Fafi Sub-Counties. These two counties are also part of the larger Dadaab refugee host community.

The items will benefit community members living with disability as well as elderly members. UNHCR often supports the host community in its development agenda especially through funding of education projects, security and infrastructure as a way of encouraging coexistence between refugees and their Kenyan host community.

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