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Syria Crisis Response Updated 24 July 2014


According to UNHCR 2,929,646 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. In 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 51% of the refugee population. There are now an estimated 1,494,119 refugee children in the region.


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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghan returnees and IDPs receive hygiene training through UN-supported programme

23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.

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Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy


The first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever in the Middle East has been completed, reaching 25 million children in seven countries. But repeated vaccination rounds are necessary to end the spread of polio.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Iranˈs embassy in Lebanon delivers humanitarian aids to Palestinians

Beirut, July 20, IRNA – On the eve of World Quds Day and in the framework of Iranˈs constant assistances to Palestinians a new phase of Iranˈs humanitarian aids was delivered to Palestinians.

In a ceremony held in the venue of Iranˈs embassy in Beirut on Saturday, a large consignment of food products was delivered to the Palestinian authorities to be distributed among five thousand Palestinian refugee families who have lost thier residence camps in Syria due to the crisis there.

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Government of Australia Supports Refugee Healthcare in Iran

Tehran, 15 July 2014– A recent generous 47.2 billion Iranian Rial donation ( 2 million AUD) by the Government of Australia, will help vulnerable refugees living in Iran benefit from health insurance coverage and provide them with essential basic needs assistance, in line with the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR)- a strategy to assist both refugees and host countries.

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Iraq + 6 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Iraq Crisis (ECHO/-ME /BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 20/06/2014 Version 3

AMOUNT: EUR 12 000 000


June 2014: modification n°2 The political and security environment in Iraq deteriorated substantially during the past two weeks, following a string of large-scale, coordinated operations by armed opposition groups (AOGs) in Ninewa, Al-Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala and northern parts of Baghdad governorate.

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Somalia + 13 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 429 (3 July 2014) [EN/FR]

General Situation during June 2014 Forecast until mid-August 2014

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Afghanistan + 2 others
ACBAR: ECHO briefing

ACBAR was created in August 1988 and has been providing the framework within which NGOs and civil society, the Afghan Government, the UN and bilateral donors can exchange information, share expertise and establish guidelines for a more coordinated, efficient and effective use of resources providing humanitarian and development assistance to the Afghan people.

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Helping refugees help themselves

“Life skills can transform lives as they reduce domestic violence”, says Nemat who participated in the 2013 peer-based program on Gender Based Violence (GBV) run by one of UNHCR’s partners, the Association for Protection of Women and Children (HAMI). Focusing on prevention and life skills training, courses were developed in wake of the alarming concerns over the increase in domestic violence within some refugee communities.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2014) [EN/AR]

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Yemen + 5 others
Desert Locust situation update 24 June 2014

Swarms in Yemen

The Desert Locust situation is improving in the Horn of Africa, Oman and Iran but swarms have recently been sighted in Yemen.

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World + 7 others
Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation

Authors: Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, and Sarah Kreps, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow


The Obama administration should pursue a strategy that places clear limits on its own sale and use of armed drones lest these weapons proliferate and their use becomes widespread. These are the central findings of a new report by CFR Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security (A/68/910–S/2014/420 )

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2145 (2014), by which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

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Australia + 6 others
Australia offers asylum-seekers $10k to return home

06/21/2014 04:49 GMT

SYDNEY, June 21, 2014 (AFP) - Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.

Fairfax Media reported that those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru were offered the highest amount of $10,000.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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World + 33 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary June 20-26, 2014

Dryness continues in East Africa, Honduras and Nicaragua, with flooding possible in West Africa and Guatemala

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya are forecast to receive limited rains during the next week, which could sustain poor agricultural and pastoral conditions.

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World + 24 others
UNHCR Global Trends 2013: War's Human Cost

The massive increase was driven mainly by the war in Syria, while major displacements were seen in CAR and S. Sudan. UNHCR's annual report shows the immense costs of not ending wars and failing to resolve conflicts.

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World + 24 others
Les déplacements forcés dans le monde dépassent les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, selon un rapport du HCR

Un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR montre que le nombre de réfugiés, de demandeurs d’asile et de personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur pays à travers le monde a dépassé les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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Education opens doors for Afghan refugees in Iran

There are more than 840,000 Afghan refugees living in Iran. The Iranian government assists refugees with medical services, education, literacy classes and also employment.

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Madagascar + 29 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for May with a Forecast till Mid-July, 2014


During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

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Getting back into home following flash flood in Mazandaran

Posted on June 9, 2014

Last week, the city of Behshahr located in Northern Province of Mazandaran in Iran experienced harsh raining which led to the destructive flood. According to these severe raining, more than 150 residential units were damaged from 30 to 100 percent just in less than 3 hours.

On Friday 6 June 2014, Dr. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the flood affected regions especially Farash Mahaleh in this province where has been born the most damages due to the recent flood.