A new report, Doors Wide Shut, documents how parents are being separated from their children by border authorities and pushed back across the border at different places without means of finding each other again. And this is only one of the illegal push-back practices registered as part of the Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB) Initiative.
As one of the largest informal settlements in Afghanistan’s Herat province, Shahrak Sabz is home to thousands of families from neighbouring provinces who were displaced during a drought in 2018. Three years on, they struggle to meet their most basic needs and cope with freezing temperatures.
In light of the recent and rapid security deterioration, national drought and the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, deportations of rejected asylum seekers from Europe should be suspended temporarily.
The provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, DR Congo, have seen a dramatic increase in armed violence against civilians over the past 18 months. Beyond being a threat to physical safety, the presence of armed groups also constitutes a severe threat to the mental health, livelihoods, food security, and education of people of concern – all with long-term consequences.