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27 Mar 2015 description

2014 IN REVIEW

This Annual Report sets out the collective achievements of over 155 actors - including host governments, UN agencies, NGOs, IOM, foundations and donors - to respond to the protection and assistance needs of refugees from Syria and impacted local communities under the Regional Response Plan (RRP6) in 2014.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

A new concept by the EU seeks to enlist the help of North African states to stem the flow of migrants. Refugee groups are worried about what might happen if these people are detained before they reach Europe.

25 Mar 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | | Wednesday 3/25/2015 - 16:31 GMT

A 10-year-old girl was killed on Wednesday when an improvised bomb she picked up near her school exploded in the Fayum province, west of Cairo, Egyptian police said.

The girl had tripped over a rudimentary bomb that was placed outside her school and it exploded once she picked it up, a police official said.

Egypt has witnessed sporadic bombings since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, mainly targeting security forces but which have killed several civilians in recent weeks across the country.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Council of Europe

In a report unanimously adopted today on the humanitarian consequences of the actions of the terrorist group called “Islamic State”, the Committee on Migration makes an urgent appeal to all member states to show solidarity and responsibility in the face of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

22 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean, a government planning paper showed, so that survivors could be taken back to African instead of European ports.

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19 Mar 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | | Thursday 3/19/2015 - 10:28 GMT | 223 words

Two people were killed Thursday when assailants threw a bomb at the entrance of a youth leisure centre on the outskirts of Cairo, Egyptian police said.

Police investigators could not confirm whether it was a criminal act or part of a bombing campaign by militants since the army's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

19 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WHO SYRIA reached 40,784 with medicines in Damascus and Aleppo;

  • WHO LEBANON continued health care worker training on the Mental Health Gap Action Program (MHGAP), finalizing in the South and Bekaa for 62 health care staff in 28 PHC centres;

  • WHO JORDAN sent one surgical kit to a secondary level health facility in Syria;

  • WHO IRAQ procured four additional new mobile clinics with funds from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the MoH;

18 Mar 2015 description

Since February 9, 2015 a group of at least 30 Syrian, Palestinian-Syrian and Somali refugees detained at Karmooz police station in Alexandria - Egypt, began an open hunger strike to protest against their arbitrary detention. The refugees have been kept in continuous detention after receiving a deportation order by Egypt's Homeland Security agency, despite an earlier order by the Public Prosecutor to release them. The lives of the hunger strikers will be put at grave risk if the Egyptian authorities continue to arbitrarily detain them.

16 Mar 2015 description

By Jonathan Fowler

SENDAI, 16 March 2015 – Granting property rights to slum dwellers is a key tool for reducing the risk of disasters striking such communities, Egypt’s Minister of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements Laila Rashed Iskandar said today.

“About half of the population of Egypt lives in informal settlements. Some of them are in habitable situations and others not,” Minister Iskandar said at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

15 Mar 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

UNFPA assists partners that are reaching out to 16,300 women of reproductive age in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Lattakia and Hama with 32,300 reproductive health and GBV services. UNFPA sends 100,000 hygiene kits and 5,400 female dignity kits to high risk areas in northern Syria through cross-border conveys from Turkey.

LEBANON

13 Mar 2015 description
report Refugee Council

A warm welcome for child refugees

Unaccompanied child refugees flee to Britain escaping war and persecution. They have often experienced significant trauma; including witnessing the death of a loved one or suffering abuse or exploitation themselves.

Unsurprisingly, child refugees are usually extremely frightened and completely bewildered when they arrive on British shores.

13 Mar 2015 description
  • The number of people affected by the crisis continues to rise.

  • Humanitarian needs increase while funding gaps get bigger.

  • 380,000 refugees are currently considered extremely vulnerable and best served by resettlement to other countries.

After four years of war, there is no real prospect of peace in Syria.

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate for Syrians across the region, and funding is not keeping up with the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance.