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26 Mar 2015 description

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Syrian refugees from Kobane and other areas continue to arrive through the Ibrahim Khalil border (3,025 individuals) and Peshkhabour border (450 individuals). Refugees report that conscription in the Kurdish controlled areas, and a deterioration of economic conditions in ISIL controlled areas, form the main reasons for the flight.
Refugees returning to Syria (1,362 individuals) claim family reunification, access to medical care, attending family events, and the high cost of living in the KR as their main reason for departure.

26 Mar 2015 description

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:

• More than 28,000 refugees utilized available primary, secondary and tertiary health care services provided by the Directorate of Health (DoH) and NGO partners with the support of UN agencies. The overall health care utilization rate is increased during winter, more than 50% of consultation for acute conditions are for upper and lower respiratory infections.
An increasing number of scabies cases were reported as well, action plans were developed and implemented with health, WASH and camp coordination partners.

26 Mar 2015 description

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:

On the 23rd February, IOM inaugurated a new market area in Qushtapa Camp which includes 20 business premises.

In-kind grants were distributed to Syrian refugees selected to run the businesses. Businesses established included a mobile repair shop, grocery, coffee shop, and barber shop. Mobile motorbike services and electrician businesses were also supported.

Vocational training activities for both non-camp and camp refugees were completed by DRC and IOM with over 150 beneficiaries across the two projects.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Caritas

Zakho, northern Kurdistan. Against a green backdrop surround by peaks still capped with snow, the town’s small colourful houses – blue, green and pink – are ranged in bright sunlight under a deep blue sky. Yet who knows what kind of scenes are being played out today in these mountains, whose tranquillity is only a facade, and which now protect what has become a refuge for thousands of Iraqis who fled the violence and massacres that took place in Iraq last summer.

26 Mar 2015 description
report JEN

In Kurdistan, currently, 24 camps for Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been operated. It is very difficult to manage and progress of it the environment due to the size of camps where it is under the government’s single work; therefore, UN agencies and NGOs, as they are undertaken similar acting roles, are working together with the government.

26 Mar 2015 description

Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

GENEVA – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today.

26 Mar 2015 description

ABU DHABI, 24th March, 2015 (WAM)--The UAE's aid aimed at alleviating the suffering of those affected by the Syrian Crisis has amounted to more than Dh 1.34 billion, or US$364 million, since 2012, according to the latest figures collated via the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population remains essential as the Syrian Crisis enters its fourth year, and the number of refugees in neighbouring countries approaches 4 million.

26 Mar 2015 description

War pushing water shortages to breaking point in the Middle East, says ICRC report

With heavy fighting continuing to tear apart Syria and Iraq, and many communities still recovering from conflicts in Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the region's water resources and aging delivery systems are reaching their breaking point, according to a new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

25 Mar 2015 description

FAO’s role and presence in Syria

FAO is working with partners to strengthen food security and build the resilience of households, communities and institutions in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. By integrating relief and development activities, FAO’s resilience building efforts save livelihoods while helping communities lay the foundations for their own longer-term recovery.

25 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten.