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19 Dec 2014 description

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has experienced unprecedented change since the start of the Arab Spring in 2010. The region is now encountering a series of conflicts and crises with humanitarian challenges which require immediate support. The war in Syria has killed over 191,000 people, with many more injured, 3.2 million displaced to neighbouring countries and an additional 10.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

19 Dec 2014 description

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The Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department’s goal is to help improve the capacity of DFID, Whitehall and the international community to prevent conflict, reduce the vulnerability of fragile states to crises, and respond to the effects of conflict, insecurity, violence and natural disasters on poor people, and especially women and girls

17 Dec 2014 description

East Jerusalem

The Government of the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), has contributed a further US $4.7 million) to the UNRWA Flash Appeal for Gaza.

This funding will help UNRWA meet the urgent shelter needs of Palestine refugees in Gaza as winter sets in – it is enough to provide rental assistance to 30,000 vulnerable individuals (over 5,000 families) whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed in the recent conflict.

17 Dec 2014 description

During a visit to Sierra Leone Justine Greening announced new support for children affected by Ebola.

The UK will provide new funding to protect the growing number of children and women affected by the Ebola outbreak, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The announcement came during her trip to Sierra Leone, where she visited the Don Bosco care home for children who have survived Ebola or who have completed quarantine and are waiting to be reunited with their families or rehomed.

16 Dec 2014 description

This autumn, Palestine refugee students in Damascus, Beirut and Irbid linked up with students in the United Kingdom in the UNRWA school partnership project #myvoicemyschool. As the students got to know each other, they quickly developed friendships that transcended conflict and cultural differences. Craig, a student at Eastbury Comprehensive School in Essex said, “I was surprised at how we interacted so quickly when we had never met before.”

16 Dec 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.