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occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA highly values additional United States US$ 15 million contribution to its schools and core programmes

oPt - ReliefWeb News - 1 hour 52 min ago
Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, United States of America

The United States has announced a generous additional contribution of US$ 15 million to the UNRWA General Fund, which will enable the Agency to open its schools on time for the 2015/16 school year. The latest commitment brings the total US contribution to the General Fund in 2015 to US$ 165 million. The United States is the largest bilateral UNRWA donor.

UNRWA announced on Wednesday, 19 August, that students will return to school according to plan at the start of the school year, after months of warnings that a funding shortfall of US$ 101 million to the General Fund meant it risked a delay in the school year at its 685 schools in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

“We are deeply grateful to the United States for this remarkable contribution, which will help ensure that the 500,000 Palestine refugee students who attend UNRWA schools across the region will continue to have access to quality basic education that is so crucial for their development and future prospects,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. “The United States’ continued support and proactive engagement with other partners and donor nations was critical in our efforts to fill the funding gap and start the school year on time.”

Emphasizing the importance of education in the Middle East, US State Department Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne C. Richard said, “Opening the doors of schoolhouses to refugee children isn’t just something that benefits these children – it benefits all of us. No child should be denied an education. This is why the United States is committed to helping provide education to this generation of refugee children in the Middle East.”

This is the second time this year that a US contribution has enabled services and salaries to be paid, allowing UNRWA to continue providing education, health, relief and social services to Palestine refugees. In May, the United States provided an earlier-than-planned contribution of US$ 20 million to cover funding shortfalls that would have adversely impacted the Agency’s capacity to maintain core programmes and service delivery. The United States’ exemplary and long-standing support is highly recognized and valued by UNRWA.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org

Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org

Yemen: International Medical Corps Calls on Yemen's Warring Parties to Enable Relief Agencies to Assist Civilians Trapped in the Violence

Yemen - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Source: International Medical Corps Country: Yemen

September 1, 2015

Los Angeles - Amid escalating fighting for control of Yemen’s third largest city of Taiz, International Medical Corps is calling on the warring parties to provide relief agencies the humanitarian space needed to get emergency aid to civilians trapped in the violence.

“Our courageous colleagues in Taiz, who through five months of conflict have continuously delivered lifesaving assistance to residents of the city and surrounding areas, are now unable to do their work,” said Chris Skopec, International Medical Corps’ Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “Our office in the city has taken direct hits, our team there can move only at great personal risk and our emergency relief supplies are inaccessible.

“To save the lives of those innocent civilians caught up in the fighting, emergency relief organizations operating in Yemen, who practice strict neutrality in the conflict, must be given the space needed to assist those in urgent need,” he stated.

International Medical Corps supports hospitals and clinics in Taiz, providing them clean water and medical supplies. It also provides mobile medical and nutritional care and distributes emergency supplies to conflict-affected populations from Aden in the south to Sana’a in the north. International Medical Corps is one of the few international humanitarian relief groups still operating in Taiz.

Skopec’s comment came as forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi engaged in an increasingly intense battle with Houthi militia units for control of the city. According to the United Nations, more than 4,000 deaths have been registered as a result of the current outbreak of violence that began last March. Roughly half of those deaths have been civilians. The true death toll is believed to be far higher.

Years of instability followed by the current war have caused great suffering in a country that is among the poorest in the Arab world. Four out of every five Yemenis are now in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN and the World Health Organization estimates that three of every five Yemenis now lack access to healthcare.

“The conflict has placed an immense toll on Yemen’s health care system, which is understaffed and under-resourced at a time when the demands on emergency and lifesaving care are increasing by the day,” Skopec added.

About International Medical Corps:

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Director of Global Communications
lellis@InternationalMedicalCorps.org
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Communications Manager
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London

Guinea: Collaboration Inter agences pour la réponse Ebola Guinée : Rapport de Situation No.05 (A la date du 01/09/2015)

Guinea - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Guinea

Faits saillants

• Au cours de la période du 24 au 30 août, deux (2) nouveaux cas confirmés de maladie à virus Ebola ont été notifiés en Guinée. Un (1) contact à haut risque, dans la préfecture de Mamou a été testé négatif.

• Les résultats de l'Enquête SMART sont disponibles. L’enquête indique un taux de malnutrition chronique de 25,9 pour cent (25,9%).

Democratic Republic of the Congo: RDC : le programme d’amélioration de l’accès et de la qualité de l’éducation évalué par 5 Caritas à Musienene

DRC - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 49 min ago
Source: Caritas Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Butembo, le 01 septembre 2015 (caritasdev.cd) : Financé par NORAD, à travers la Caritas Norvège, le programme d’amélioration de l’accès et de la qualité de l’éducation est exécuté dans le Nord-Kivu, le Sud-Kivu et la nouvelle Province de l’Ituri. Il vise l’amélioration de l’accès et de la qualité de l’éducation de 1.700 enfants (filles et garçons). Ce programme est en évaluation depuis lundi 31 août 2015 à Musienene, à 35 km au sud de Butembo / Nord-Kivu, à l’Est de la RD Congo.

En effet, pour des raisons d’efficacité et d’efficience dans les actions menées par ledit programme, il a été reconnu la nécessité de mettre sur pieds un comité de Pilotage, constitué des membres représentant 5 Caritas : Caritas Norvège, Caritas Congo Asbl, Caritas Butembo-Beni, Caritas Uvira et Caritas Wamba.

C’est dans cette optique que Mlle Ingrid Finess Evensmo (Coordonnatrice intérimaire des Programmes pour l’Afrique de Caritas Norvège), accompagnée du Coordonnateur National du Service de Promotion du Développement (SPD) de Caritas Congo (M. Thaddée Barega) et ses Collaborateurs, se sont joints aux délégués de 3 autres Caritas Diocésaines exécutant ce programme pour la tenue de ce 1er Comité de pilotage.

De manière spécifique, cette rencontre vise notamment à partager l’information et l’état d’avancement de l’exécution de ce programme ; examiner et approuver le rapport d’activités et celles du 1er semestre 2015 ; programmer les activités du 2ème semestre de la même année ; analyser et adopter le cadre de suivi-évaluation et les autres outils de pilotage du programme ; faire des suggestions d’amélioration du budget du programme sur base des pertes observées lors du transfert de fonds par rapport au taux de change entre la Couronne Norvégienne (NOK) et le dollar américain.

Après avoir présenté les civilités lundi à Mgr Melchisédech Sikuli (Evêque de Butembo-Beni) et au Chef de Chefferie de Baswangha, Mwami Bonane Nzazu, la délégation visite ce mardi deux écoles primaires (Ecole Primaire Masereka et EP Ivatama de Musienene) pour des entrevues avec les parents, élèves, enseignants et autres leaders communautaires.

Pour rappel, le programme d’amélioration de l’accès et de la qualité de l’éducation est exécuté à Musienene et Masereka (dans le Diocèse de Butembo-Beni), à Kidote et Ngando (dans le Diocèse d’Uvira au Sud-Kivu) ainsi qu’à Obongoni, Niania et Mambasa (Diocèse de Wamba en Ituri).

Guy-Marin Kamandji
(Envoyé Spécial)

Myanmar: Birmanie - Climat - Aide de la France (1er septembre 2015)

Myanmar - ReliefWeb News - 2 hours 53 min ago
Source: Government of France Country: France, Myanmar

Les inondations considérables qui frappent la Birmanie depuis août à la suite d’un cyclone ont causé une centaine de victimes. 300 000 personnes ont été déplacées et près de 1,5 million ont été affectées. Les dégâts matériels sont importants et une partie des récoltes perdue.

Face à cette catastrophe, Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’État chargée du développement et de la Francophonie, a décidé de débloquer 400 000 euros pour des actions liées à la sécurité alimentaire et à la nutrition, notamment des enfants.

La France est solidaire des pays frappés par des événements climatiques extrêmes. A l’approche de la Conférence de Paris sur le climat, elle est à l’initiative d’un projet de renforcement des systèmes d’alertes visant à prévenir les populations et ainsi réduire l’impact dévastateur de ces événements.

Colombia: REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe - Año 8 - Volumen 419

Haiti - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 10 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Destacados

  • TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: La quinta tormenta de la temporada dejó daños en Dominica, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Haití. Se estima que solo en Dominica, unas 20 personas murieron a consecuencia de la tormenta.

  • SEQUÍA: El Consejo Agropecuario Centroamericano (CAC) declaró emergencia agropecuaria en América Central y República Dominicana para atender a unas 1.6 millones de personas afectadas.

  • MIGRACIÓN: Alrededor de 1,088 colombianos han sido deportados o repatriados desde Venezuela, desde que inició la crisis en la frontera. El número de personas podría ser mayor, ya que muchos lo hacen por pasos no controlados por las autoridades.

the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Number of women and children passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek refuge in Europe triples in three months

Iraq - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, World

GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.

An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.

According to figures from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Interior, 80 per cent originate from Syria, while 5 per cent are from Afghanistan and another 5 per cent are from Iraq.

Since June 2015, more than 52,000 people have been registered at the border’s Reception Centre in Gevgelija after entering from Greece. It is estimated that just as many transit through the country without being registered.

Many families have been on the move with their children for months, enduring searing hot days, arriving with only the clothes and shoes they are wearing. They are physically exhausted and in desperate need of a place to rest. Many are suffering dehydration, blisters, cold, diarrhoea and sunburn.

Despite the best efforts of the government and partners on the ground, including UNHCR, they need more water and greater access to sanitation and hygiene facilities. Many are deeply distressed and some need medical assistance.

UNICEF is dispatching water bladders and two 72 square metre tents to Skopje. The 30,000 litre water bladders will give people transiting through the centre access to clean drinking water, which is currently limited to bottled water. The water may also be used for washing, as washing facilities yet to be established. The tents will be used for child-friendly spaces; the current space can accommodate 50 children at a time and provides art, play and educational materials for children. Since it was first set up on 23 August, it has received as many as 1,200 children. UNICEF is also procuring much-needed food for children.

Regardless of their status, children moving across borders, with their families or unaccompanied, should be given appropriate help and protection. Their applications for refugee status should be processed swiftly and fairly at border crossings with proper monitoring and enforcement. Authorities in Europe should apply existing laws and policies to safeguard and protect the rights of children.

UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation on the ground and is working with local authorities to ensure children are protected. UNICEF continues to advocate that all actions for children on the move must be guided by the best interests of every child, every step of the way.

Download broadcast quality video here: http://uni.cf/1IE07ny

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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For more information, please contact:
Kristen Elsby, UNICEF in Geneva, +41 79 938 82 72, kelsby@unicef.org
Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF in Geneva, +41 79 963 9244, cboulierac@unicef.org
Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York, +1646 209 1590, scrowe@unicef.org

the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Number of women and children passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek refuge in Europe triples in three months

Afghanistan - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, World

GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.

An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.

According to figures from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Interior, 80 per cent originate from Syria, while 5 per cent are from Afghanistan and another 5 per cent are from Iraq.

Since June 2015, more than 52,000 people have been registered at the border’s Reception Centre in Gevgelija after entering from Greece. It is estimated that just as many transit through the country without being registered.

Many families have been on the move with their children for months, enduring searing hot days, arriving with only the clothes and shoes they are wearing. They are physically exhausted and in desperate need of a place to rest. Many are suffering dehydration, blisters, cold, diarrhoea and sunburn.

Despite the best efforts of the government and partners on the ground, including UNHCR, they need more water and greater access to sanitation and hygiene facilities. Many are deeply distressed and some need medical assistance.

UNICEF is dispatching water bladders and two 72 square metre tents to Skopje. The 30,000 litre water bladders will give people transiting through the centre access to clean drinking water, which is currently limited to bottled water. The water may also be used for washing, as washing facilities yet to be established. The tents will be used for child-friendly spaces; the current space can accommodate 50 children at a time and provides art, play and educational materials for children. Since it was first set up on 23 August, it has received as many as 1,200 children. UNICEF is also procuring much-needed food for children.

Regardless of their status, children moving across borders, with their families or unaccompanied, should be given appropriate help and protection. Their applications for refugee status should be processed swiftly and fairly at border crossings with proper monitoring and enforcement. Authorities in Europe should apply existing laws and policies to safeguard and protect the rights of children.

UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation on the ground and is working with local authorities to ensure children are protected. UNICEF continues to advocate that all actions for children on the move must be guided by the best interests of every child, every step of the way.

Download broadcast quality video here: http://uni.cf/1IE07ny

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:
Kristen Elsby, UNICEF in Geneva, +41 79 938 82 72, kelsby@unicef.org
Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF in Geneva, +41 79 963 9244, cboulierac@unicef.org
Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York, +1646 209 1590, scrowe@unicef.org

Myanmar: Flood Affected Villages in Myanmar’s Dry Zone Get Recovery Support

Myanmar - ReliefWeb News - 3 hours 29 min ago
Source: UN Development Programme Country: Myanmar

Forty nine villages in Myanmar’s Dry Zone affected by monsoonal floods that hit the country last month are being assisted to recover from losses sustained. These villages are located in the five townships of Shwe Bo, Monywa, Chauk, Nyaung-U and Myin Gyan where the Addressing Climate Change Risk Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar project is being implemented.

The project will benefit more than a quarter of a million people in the Dry Zone by making available continuous freshwater during dry seasons, providing skills and tools for climate-resilient agricultural and livestock practices and climate risk information. The USD 7.9 millon, four-year project, the first in Myanmar to receive funding from the Adaptaion Fund, is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry.

In June, consultation at the township level helped identify the 280 participating villages. Forty nine of these villages have suffered varying degrees of damages following the floods of July and August. Discussions held amongst the Union, Region/State, District and Township level government representatives as well as the civil society members at the project inception workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw last week recommended that the affected villagers be assisted so that they can build back better. “The Addressing Climate Change Risk on Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar is an important project for the Government of Myanmar, as it is well-aligned to national development strategies and objectives and will contribute to the national policy of poverty alleviation,” said the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, U Khin Maung Yi.

UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Thuy Hang Thi To said that the project was of great importance for sustainable development in Myanmar. “This project is a stepping stone for Myanmar to build its institutional capacities, and to integrate climate risks in development planning. It is a strategic initiative, which will help increase access to additional climate change finance from funds such as the Green Climate Fund,” she said.

The inception workshop paved the way for the implementation of the project. Among others, it discussed and endorsed the project outcomes and outputs, including results framework, implementation arrangements, and the annual work plan for 2015.

Contact Information

Ms. Shobhna Decloitre,
Communications Specialist, UNDP,
09 250345158,
shobhna.decloitre@undp.org

Ms. Lat Lat Aye,
Team Leader, UNDP,
09-250-345168,
lat.lat.aye@undp.org

Guinea: Guinée : Prévalence de la malnutrition MAG (SMART 2015)

Guinea - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 10 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Guinea

Sudan: Sudan Measles Situation Report Week 32 (Ending 09 August 2015)

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 13 min ago
Source: Government of Sudan, World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund Country: Sudan

Highlights

  • A total of 37 confirmed cases of measles was reported during week 32 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3013 and suspected cases to 5403 as of 9 August 2015

  • Number of outbreak localities is 63 in 18 States.

  • Majority of cases are among children below 15 years (73%) while percentage of cases among children below five years stands at 54% of the total number of cases.

  • The cumulative rate of confirmed measles attack is 73 per million populations as of this reporting week 32. The highest number of reported cases was from West Darfur State (666), Kassala State (520), and Blue Nile State (11) cases.

  • Total number of deaths increase to 67 with (CFR: 2.2%). The highest is in North Darfur 23 (CFR: 6.8%), East Darfur State 14 deaths (CFR: 8.4%), West Darfur State 9 deaths (CFR: 1.4%), then in Red Sea State 9 deaths (CFR: 2%) and River Nile State 4 deaths (CFR: 11.1%). Three deaths were reported among gold mining workers in River Nile State during week 32).

  • The laboratory confirmed cases that show IgM positive for Measles are 1032 (34.3%) and the epidemiologically linked to a lab confirmed cases are 1980 (65.7%))

Sudan: Sudan Measles Situation Report Week 31 (Ending 2 August 2015)

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 16 min ago
Source: Government of Sudan, World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund Country: Sudan

Highlights

  • Sudan reported 80 confirmed cases of measles during week 31 bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases to 2933 cases during 2015

  • The total number of outbreak localities remained at 58 localities in 18 states, 5284 suspected measles cases (with 2933 confirmed) have been reported.

  • Majority of cases are among children in the age group <15 years (73%). The children in the age group <5 years are 54% of the total number of cases.

  • The cumulative confirmed measles attack rate as at week 31 is 72 per million populations, showing an increase compared with the previous week. The highest number of reported cases is from West Darfur state (666) followed by Kassala state (520) and the lowest (11 cases) were reported from Blue Nile state.

  • Total number of deaths increase to 58 with (CFR: 2%). The highest is in North Darfur 17(CFR: 5.1%), East Darfur State 14 deaths (CFR: 8.5%), then in West Darfur State 9 deaths (CFR: 2.1%) and Red Sea State 9 deaths (CFR: 2.1%). 2 deaths reported during week 31.

  • The laboratory confirmed cases that show IgM positive for Measles are 1009 (34.2%) and the epidemiologically linked to a lab confirmed cases are 1936 (65.7%)

Sudan: Sudan Health Sector Quarterly Bulletin, Issue No. 2, 2015

Sudan - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 28 min ago
Source: World Health Organization Country: Sudan

Pre positioning emergency stocks in high risk states as part of AWD/Rainy season Preparedness Plan

Under the patronage of His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Sudan on May 31st, the EHA and Epidemic Control department of the Federal Ministry of Health within the framework of early readiness for emergencies held buffer stock display and distribution ceremony. The buffer stock included kits, medical supplies, pesticides , spraying pumps etc. provided by MoH, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.

The importance of early distribution of the buffer stock is to meet the needs of high-risk states and areas inaccessible during the rainy season; help strengthening the response capacity of local authorities in these areas until the intervention of the federal level reaches the affected areas when necessary. The ceremony was attended by the officials from Federal Ministry of Health, other ministries, health partners and representatives of the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and the United Nations Population Fund.

Somalia: Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM base

Uganda - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 43 min ago
Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia Country: Somalia, Uganda

Mogadishu, 01 September 2015 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, strongly condemns today’s attack by Al-Shabaab militants on an AMISOM base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent.

“I send my deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in today’s attack as well as to the people and the governments of Uganda and Somalia,” said SRSG Kay. “These courageous peacekeepers sacrificed their lives in the ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace and security to Somalia.”

“The United Nations remains resolute in our support for the Somali people. Our solidarity with the African Union Mission in Somalia, and Somali security forces in their efforts to defeat Al-Shabaab and build peace and stability will not waver.”

Somalia: Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM base

Somalia - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 43 min ago
Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia Country: Somalia, Uganda

Mogadishu, 01 September 2015 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, strongly condemns today’s attack by Al-Shabaab militants on an AMISOM base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent.

“I send my deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in today’s attack as well as to the people and the governments of Uganda and Somalia,” said SRSG Kay. “These courageous peacekeepers sacrificed their lives in the ongoing efforts to bring lasting peace and security to Somalia.”

“The United Nations remains resolute in our support for the Somali people. Our solidarity with the African Union Mission in Somalia, and Somali security forces in their efforts to defeat Al-Shabaab and build peace and stability will not waver.”

Sierra Leone: Interagency Collaboration on Ebola - Situation Report No. 05 (1 September 2015)

Guinea - ReliefWeb News - 4 hours 58 min ago
Source: World Health Organization, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Highlights

  • For the week of 24 – 30 August, two cases have been reported, in Conakry in Guinea. One case was reported in Sierra Leone

  • Following the release of the last person undergoing treatment for Ebola in Sierra Leone on 24 August, a further case was identified on 30 August from a post-mortem swab. This highlights the need for ongoing vigilance.

Niger: Réfugiés maliens au Niger (31 Août 2015)

Niger - ReliefWeb News - 5 hours 18 min ago
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Mali, Niger

Martinique (France): Le soutien aux migrants haïtiens s’organise

Haiti - ReliefWeb News - 5 hours 31 min ago
Source: Groupe d'Appui aux Rapatriés & Réfugiés Country: Haiti, Martinique (France)

Après la Guadeloupe et la Guyane, le Collectif Haïti de France et le Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés, étaient en Martinique cette semaine afin d’aider à la mise en place d’un réseau de soutien aux migrants haïtiens.

« Les Haïtiens rencontrent des difficultés sur le territoire français, pour se faire régulariser, pour leurs démarches administratives…Souvent, même s’ils répondent aux critères, on leur refuse un titre de séjour. Cela s’explique par la politique migratoire de la France, mais aussi par la méconnaissance des Haïtiens de leur environnement administratif et juridique. Beaucoup sont isolés et ne connaissent pas leur droits.», a expliqué Anghie Lee Gardy Petit, représentante du Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés (GARR), le mercredi 26 août 2015, lors d’une rencontre organisée à la maison des syndicats par l’ASSOKA (Asosyasyon Solidarite Karayib), qui soutient les migrants de la Caraïbe.

Anghie Lee Gardy Petit connaît bien les problématiques que rencontrent les migrants haïtiens. Au sein du GARR, elle participe à des missions d’information en Haïti, interpelle les autorités et apporte son aide aux personnes désireuses de se rendre à l’étranger. Depuis 2011, le GARR, basé à Port-au-Prince, et le Collectif Haïti de France (CHF), à Paris, ont entamé une collaboration afin d’organiser un réseau de soutien aux migrants haïtiens aussi bien au plan local, que régional aux Antilles-Guyane.

La situation de la Martinique est particulièrement préoccupante, selon les témoignages recueillis par ces deux organisations auprès des associations locales.

« La politique de la préfecture est particulièrement répressive.», affirme Georges Arnaud, membre de l’ASSOKA.

NE PAS RESTER ISOLÉ

D’après les témoignages de Sylvie et Gérard, deux autres membres de l’ASSOKA, les migrants haïtiens rencontrent d’importantes difficultés dans leur rapport avec l’administration : « Depuis le début de l’année, nous avons reçu beaucoup de personnes qui sont en Martinique depuis plusieurs années, qui ont même déjà eu un titre de séjour, mais qui se retrouvent sans papiers. Au moment du renouvellement, tous les prétextes sont bons pour les leur refuser. Une jeune fille majeure inscrite au lycée a obtenu un rendez-vous pour déposer sa demande de titre de séjour. Finalement, on ne l’a pas reçue, la police l’attendait dehors, elle a été expulsée».

Eux aussi, ont insisté sur la nécessité pour les migrants de ne pas rester isolés. C’est d’ailleurs tout le sens de la démarche du GARR et du CHF : créer une collaboration entre toutes les organisations, les fédérer. Non seulement pour apporter une aide plus efficace aux migrants, mais aussi pour avoir une voix qui porte davantage auprès des autorités.

Cette rencontre n’était qu’un premier pas. Il va falloir maintenant organiser ensemble des structures qui travaillent jusque-là de manière isolée. Les associations envisagent de mettre en place une permanence d’information commune à destination des migrants.

L.H.

France-Antilles

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