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Forced Migration Review No. 47: The Syria crisis, displacement and protection

The 6.45 million displaced people inside Syria make this the largest IDP crisis in the world, with possibly also the largest number of people who are ‘trapped’. In addition, the number of refugees from Syria continues to increase. The international community has an opportunity to set up, from now, an effective response to what will clearly become protracted displacement. These 20 articles discuss how to increase protection for the displaced and how to shape assistance to both the displaced and their ‘host

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq completes massive polio campaign for children with support of UNICEF and WHO [EN/AR]

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Erbil / Amman, 2 September 2014 – Despite the ongoing conflict, violence and displacement across Iraq, a mass polio immunization campaign succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of 4 million children under the age of 5.

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Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis Issue No. 24 Period covered: 1 - 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: UNFPA reaches 20,300 woman of reproductive age in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Raqa and Hama, Deraa, Tartus and Latakia with reproductive health and GBV services. Additionally 7,100 Iraqi refugees in Al-Hasakah receive dignity kits and reproductive health supplies to ensure safe deliveries. UNFPA facilitates training and awareness raising sessions on reproductive health and GBV for 42 community leaders and NGO staff in Sweida.

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SRSG Calls for Representation of Women and Minority Communities of Iraq in New Government [EN/AR]

Baghdad, 2 September 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq is closely following the completion of the government formation process. During his meetings with the Iraqi political leaders, he consistently encouraged them to ensure a fair representation of women and minority communities of Iraq in the new government.

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UNICEF Delivers Emergency Aid to Children in Amerli, Iraq [EN/AR]

Erbil, 2 September, 2014 – In response to a break in the two-month long siege of Amerli, UNICEF has delivered 45 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for the estimated 3,000 children, women and their families who have been trapped in dire conditions.

“UNICEF supplies are on the ground, and we will do everything in our power to bring relief to the children, women and families who have endured so much tragedy,” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative. “While this delivery was the first, more assistance is following immediately from the humanitarian community in Iraq.”

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Helping Iraqi Christian Families Fleeing ISIS

By Renee Targos

Food for the Hungry (FH) is giving shelter and other relief support to Iraqi Christian families and Syrians escaping violence from the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

With international news coverage of ISIS beheading Christians in Iraq and many surrounding countries closing borders, Iraqi families are arriving in Lebanon—a country already taxed with Syrian refugees—in desperate need. Others are remaining in their country trying to seek safety.

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When can I go home?

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War Child UK

Mark Bradshaw is War Child UK’s Programme Development Coordinator for Asia/Middle East. He visited Erbil this month to help our team there start a project and assist in identifying children's needs across the region.

It’s only been a few weeks since the extreme IS violence displaced hundreds of thousands of families across Iraq.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on supporting northern Iraq

At a joint press conference he gave with Defence Minister von der Leyen on 31 August, Foreign Minister Steinmeier spoke about the German Government’s decision on support for northern Iraq:

Zusatzinformationen Supplying arms is not the first undertaking in our help for Iraq and our action against ISIS, nor will it be the last. The Foreign Minister’s detailed statement was as follows:

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Education Cannot Wait: Education on the Brink in Iraq

Iraq is facing an unprecedented humanitarian emergency. A surge of violence in recent months between government forces and armed groups has resulted in the displacement of 1.5 million people from central Iraq to other parts of the country, especially to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 17 million people in Iraq have been affected. Over 500,000 IDPs are estimated to be of school‐going age (4‐17 years). The new academic year starts in September and all children should be going back to school.

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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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Ethnic cleansing on historic scale: the Islamic State’s systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq

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Amnesty

Fresh evidence indicates that the Islamic State have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities.

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UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

09/01/2014 17:17 GMT

by Nina LARSON

GENEVA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - The UN Human Rights Council on Monday unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was "facing a terrorist monster".

The 47 members of the United Nations' top rights body accepted without a vote a resolution urging the probe presented by Iraq and supported by more than 100 states.

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Macedonia detains 100 Syrian, Iraqi immigrants

09/01/2014 15:31 GMT

SKOPJE, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Macedonian police said Monday they have detained more than 100 Syrian and Iraqi immigrants, among them women and children, hiding in a train transporting coal from the Greek port of Thessaloniki.

"The immigrants are mainly from Syria and Iraq and they came to Greece from Turkey," Ivo Kotevski, spokesman for the Interior Ministry told AFP.

They were detained overnight Sunday at a train station in central Macedonian town of Veles, Kotevski said.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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UN Casualty Figures for August 2014, Anbar province excluded [EN/AR]

Baghdad, 1 September 2014 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of at least 1,420 Iraqis were killed and another 1,370 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence in August*.

The number of civilians killed was 1,265 (including 77 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,198 (including 105 civilian police). A further 155 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 172 were injured (not including casualties from Anbar operation).

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Media Updates from UN Agencies on Iraq Humanitarian Crisis - 1 September 2014

Headlines – September 1st:

Following the end of the siege in Amerli, aid agencies are looking at the possible humanitarian needs for the thousands of people that have been stranded for weeks.
UN agencies are on stand-by, and if security and circumstances allow, are prepared to assist those affected by the conflict in and around Amerli.