Syria – Crisis (ECHO)
- According to UNHCR, there are 1,638,102 Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as of 14 June. The flow of Syrian families seeking refuge outside their country continues with Lebanon receiving the largest numbers in the past month since hostilities along border areas between Syria and Lebanon intensified.
- Up to 4,000 new arrivals in Lebanese municipalities were recorded in the first week of June. The evacuation and treatment of the wounded from Al-Qusayr to Lebanon by the Lebanese Red Cross with the support of the ICRC is underway, while humanitarian organizations in Syria focus their efforts on reaching the areas around Al-Qusayr where displaced families are today located.
- On 10 June, the Government of Turkey announced the completion of the new camp in Mardin. According to Turkish authorities, camp population keeps rising and accommodation capacities have been expanded with 18 camps now in the country.
Niger – Severe Malnutrition (ECHO)
- Week 21 of 2013 has recorded a worryingly high surge in the number of children affected by severe acute malnutrition in the country, with 9 724 admissions to therapeutic care compared to 6 814 cases in week 20. This represents the highest peak recorded this year, and a worrying increase compared to the same period in 2011 and 2012. Maradi district appears to be particularly affected, with 4 748 admissions in week 21. The causes of the situation include increasing food prices, which are linked to reduced production in, and import from, Nigeria.
- ECHO partners continue to provide support to malnutrition treatment in the most affected areas, and are expanding operations to meet the extra caseload.
Nigeria – Refugees (ECHO)
- Following violence in Nigeria, 6 240 people are reported to have crossed into the Diffa region of Niger so far. Population movements have also been reported crossing into Cameroon and Chad, however exact figures remain unconfirmed. The flow of refugees is expected to continue. The Government of Niger has officially requested assistance from UNHCR, and the humanitarian response is currently being organized.
Ethiopia – Refugees (ECHO)
- The number of refugees in Ethiopia continues to rise, with an increase of all major refugee caseloads (Somali Refugees in Dollo Ado, Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees, Eritrean Refugees in Tigray and Afar), and is now standing at almost 405 000.
Somalia – Conflict/Displacement (ECHO)
- Following armed clashes between political rivals in Kismayo in Lower Juba region of southern Somalia, clan elders brokered a ceasefire on 10 June and are engaged in mediation efforts to reach a solution. While displacements were reported, local sources indicate that there were no large population movements out of Kismayo. Humanitarian access to the affected areas remains limited.
Kenya - Polio (ECHO)
- In response to the outbreak of Wild Polio Virus Type 1 (WPVT1) polio in Kenya, a total of 512,610 children have been vaccinated (coverage of 95-96%). Also the entire population of the Dadaab refugee camps will be covered.
Angola – Drought (ECHO)
- A serious drought situation is affecting some 550 000 people in southern provinces of Angola, including Cunene, Namibe, part of Benguela, southern Huila and southern and eastern municipalities of Kuando Kubango.
- Humanitarian priorities include access to safe water, food security and protection of agricultural and livestock assets, as well as addressing impact of drought on the health and nutrition status of affected populations.
Angola - Dengue outbreak (ECHO)
- An outbreak of dengue has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and WHO, with more than 300 confirmed cases. Prevention and control measures being implemented.
Hungary – Floods (Hungarian National Disaster Management Department)
- On 13 June, Danube reached its peak in Mohács (Baranya county).
- Flood defense operations continue in Bács-Kiskun, Tolna and Baranya counties in southern Hungary.
- As of 13 June in the evening, in northern and central Hungary, including the capital Budapest, the cleanup and operations and the disassembly of flood defenses continue.
Germany – Floods (National Authorities)
- On 13 June, Elbe peaked in Hamburg.
- As of 14 June in the morning, the water levels throughout Germany are generally stabilized or decreasing.
- In Sachsen-Anhalt, levee breaches are still a threat for several villages.
Croatia – Floods (National Authorities, National Protection and Rescue Organisation)
- On 13 June, the flood wave on Danube arrived at the Croatian borders with Hungary. The tributaries of the main river in Osijek-Baranjska and Vukovar-Srijemska counties are consequently also expected to rise.
- The river is expected to reach its peak in the town of Vukovar on 15 June.
- As of 13 June, according to the Croatian National Protection and Rescue Organisation, the preliminary flood protection measures have been completed.
Serbia – Floods (Serbian Government, National Hydrometeorological Service, Local Media)
- On 13 June, Danube’s flood wave arrived in Serbia and peaked in Bezdan (West Backa).
- The river is expected to peak in Apatin on 14 June.
- As of 13 June, inspection and repairs of dams on all banks of Danube was completed.
- As of 11 June, there is an evacuation recommendation issued by the national authorities for residents along the unprotected parts of Danube’s banks.
Czech Republic – Floods (National Authorities, Czech Ministry of Environment)
- As of 13 June, water levels on all rivers are declining.
- As of the same date, there are still 3rd level activities in parts of Středočeský (area of Melnik) and Jihočeský (area of Spoli).
- In Ústecký, Elbe’s level slow decline complicates the return of evacuated people.
France – Exercise (French Civil Protection, ECHO)
- A large-scale Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear protection (CBRN) simulation exercise, co-financed by the EU Civil Protection Financial Instrument, in Lyon, France was concluded on 13 June.
- As one of the largest exercises in Europe, it brought together some 2500 participants, including intervention teams from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium. The exercise was observed by Commissioner Georgieva and the French and Spanish Ministers of Interior.
The Baltic See – Exercise (ECHO)
- On 13 June 23 ships from Baltic States took part in a major oil spill response exercise, BALEX DELTA 2013. The exercise was led by the German marine pollution response authorities in collaboration with HELCOM, the regional agreement for pollution response in the Baltic Sea.
- Offers of assistance including EMSA pollution response vessels were communicated via CECIS. The response was timely and effective and all objectives for the clearing up of the simulated spill were met.
Forest Fire risk in Europe (EFFIS)
- Extreme or Very High Risk in southern Portugal; in Mallorca, southern and north-eastern Spain; in Sicily and in parts of north-eastern, central-western and south-eastern coastal Italy; in central and south-eastern Cyprus; in central and southern Ukraine.
Reported high discharges during the last 24 hours by National services (EFAS)
- Norway: Still ongoing but decreasing high discharges in downstream part of Glomma.
- Germany: Ongoing high discharges of highest and second highest level on the Elbe, and second highest on the Elster, the Mulde and the Saale. All are decreasing slowly.
- Germany: Ongoing high discharges on Danube River but water levels are stable or decreasing. Warning levels 1 and 2.
- Croatia: Ongoing high discharges of highest level on Danube, and Second lowest level on Drava River.
- Slovakia: Ongoing high discharges of Second alert level on lower part of Danube River (decreasing), of Lowest level on Morava River (stable).
- Czech Republic: Ongoing but decreasing high discharges on the Elbe and in the tributaries upstream of Prague (Vltava, Berounka and Sazava).
- Hungary: Ongoing extreme discharges of alert level I. to III. on the Danube (decreasing).
- Serbia: Ongoing high discharges of Second lowest level on Danube River (increasing).
Factsheet on Refugees:
- Over 42 million people are in dire need of protection and assistance as a consequence of forced displacement: around 15 million refugees, 26 million people internally displaced (IDPs) and 895 000 million asylum-seekers.
- ECHO mobilizes a significant part of its annual humanitarian aid budget (28% in 2012) to projects which support refugees, as they are one of the most vulnerable groups in the aftermath of disasters and conflicts. Through its funding and partner organizations ECHO provides them shelter, food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, education and psychosocial support.
- More than 75% of the world's refugees, almost 10 million people, are trapped in protracted situations like being in exile for 5 years or more, without immediate prospects of a durable solution.
Factsheet on Afghanistan:
- The long drawn-out conflict in Afghanistan as well as frequent droughts and regular environment hazards including floods, landslides and earthquakes, has worn down the resilience of millions of Afghans.
- Total EU funding for Afghanistan in 2012 was €30 million and the same amount is programmed for 2013. Basic services like healthcare, drinking water and shelter are provided, as well as livelihood assistance for some of the food-insecure population.
- The number of beneficiaries supported by ECHO in 2012 was over 1.8 million.
- Over 2.7 million Afghans are still living as refugees in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan.
Factsheet on EU Children of Peace:
- Receiving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its achievements in peace on the European continent, the EU decided to dedicate € 2 million - the prize money of € 930,000 plus additional EU funds - to the most vulnerable who are often the hardest hit by wars: the children of this world.
- Because each and every girl and boy in the world should have the opportunity to develop their talents and grow up in peace, just like European children, the EU uses the prize money to support 4 projects providing 28,000 conflict-affected children with education, in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
- Promoting education is also giving peace a chance to be a lasting peace. We want "children of war" to become "children of peace".
- The 'EU Children of Peace’ initiative will continue beyond this first year, and will become a symbol of the European Union's commitment to those in need around the world.
Factsheet on EU Children of Peace with Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in North Kivu/DRC and Ethiopia:
- Under this project, Save the Children provides education to 5,000 Somali children living in refugee camps in the border town of Dollo Ado in Ethiopia. NRC on the other hand will focus on 9,000 children affected by the conflict in Petit Nord Kivu DRC. This area was deeply affected by combats between different militia groups thus causing heavy displacement between October-November 2012. The Goma crisis was reported at international level and what happened in Masisi is the mirror of complex situation affecting DRC form decades. In the DRC, the action is implemented in the camps of Lushebere and Bukombo, but children from the neighbouring camps and spontaneous sites such as Katale, Kalinga, Bihito, Bushani and Bonde are also be assisted.
- Overall the proposed projects will ensure that over 14,000 highly vulnerable children displaced by conflict have access to safe, protective and nurturing spaces, in which they can attend education classes, begin to recover from the trauma of conflict and be supported in building their resilience to cope with their lives ahead.
Factsheet on EU Children of Peace with ACTED at the Syria-Iraq border:
- Unrest and insecurity in Syria have led to a constant flow of Syrian refugees into neighboring countries since March 2011. As of May 2013 around 40,000 Syrian refugees are located in Domiz camp, near the border with Syria in Northern Iraq. Most Syrian families have faced traumatic situations and are struggling to find a sense of normality in their life in Domiz camp. The harsh living conditions in Domiz camp make it difficult for the children and youth to readapt to their lives: the lack of recreational activities, as well as the numerous hazards that children are facing in their day to day life are examples of the obstacles faced by Syrian children to their normal development and psychological wellbeing.
- As part of EU Children of Peace ACTED with support from ECHO recently opened a Child Friendly Space and a Youth Friendly space in Domiz camp offering the only two places where kids between the ages 5 to 15 can be engaged in supervised recreational and therapeutically activities. This will benefit up to 6,000 children.
- The intervention will also monitor the children’s general protection needs, will foster peace building, and increase knowledge in child protection and education in emergencies, promoting child protection measures and increasing children’s wellbeing in the long run.
Factsheet on EU Children of Peace with UNICEF in Pakistan:
- Camps and communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province have been receiving internally displaced people (IDPs) since 2008. However, a fresh influx of people due to heightened insecurity since the beginning of this year has placed added pressure on resources and services.
- Currently, there are 20 UNICEF-established primary schools in the camp which in addition to education, offer important health and hygiene lessons as well as recreation, psychosocial support and other features that engage the children and their communities. The recent contribution by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (DG ECHO) of € 300,000 from the Nobel Peace Prize funds will help UNICEF to increase the number of schools in Jalozai camp to 30, with 20 being funded directly by the EU (ECHO).
- This will benefit an additional 3,000 children, including 1,500 girls and will ensure support for children, especially girls, whose access to education has not been possible before. This is an opportunity to bring children to school that have never had the chance to receive an education, an opportunity that cannot be missed.
- The EU Children of Peace package includes school-in-a-box supplies, training for teachers, education for peace training and psychosocial counseling that will help children cope with traumatic experiences.
Factsheet on EU Children of Peace with UNHCR in Colombia & Ecuador:
- In Colombia and Ecuador, with UNHCR we are improving access to education for 5,000 children affected by the violence in Colombia. That includes children refugees in Ecuador but also indigenous children in Colombia. The project provides access to basic education, school uniforms and school materials, scholarships to be able to attend school in vulnerable areas and foresees renovation, construction or equipment of educational facilities as well as human rights education to prevent forced recruitment
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