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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria

Madam President,

Seven months have passed since the adoption of resolution 2139, and two months since the adoption of resolution 2165 on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The resolutions aim to stop the relentless violence and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against Syria's people. They also seek to improve access to those in need.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 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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Lebanon + 5 others
Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ July 2014 - Food Security

Over 1.8 million refugees and vulnerable members of impacted communities are now receiving food assistance

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

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A lifeline amidst Syria crisis

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Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief has released the latest figures from its emergency operations to assist those caught up in Syria’s brutal conflict.

The update on our work in August highlights the scale and depth of the protracted crisis, which has so far left 10.8 million people inside Syria in urgent need of humanitarian aid – and which has forced more than three million people to flee the war-torn country.

Life-saving aid inside Syria

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Humanitarian needs in Syria will continue to grow

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World Vision

23 September 2014 – As news breaks about airstrikes in Syria by the US and five Arab nations, World Vision warns the immediate humanitarian needs in the region will continue to grow.

World Vision is gravely concerned about the impact of the escalating Syrian crisis on a generation of children. More than half of those needing humanitarian assistance are children, with 1.5 million children having now fled Syria. Twice that number remain, many under direct threat of violence, says World Vision.

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1.8 million reached by Syria response

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Islamic Relief

In just six months, Islamic Relief has provided aid to 1.8 million people caught up in Syria’s brutal conflict.

1.2 million reached in Syria

Islamic Relief continues to work deep inside Syria to provide much-needed aid. In the last six months alone, our GBP £8.6 million programme has reached over 1.2 million people in the north of the war-torn country. Our distributions included 6.3 million medical disposables, multivitamins, food parcels, hygiene kits and essential items such as clothing and blankets.

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USAID announces up to $90 million in education funding for Lebanon and Jordan

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAIDPress

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 3-16 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP food key to improving and maintaining food consumption scores of affected populations

  • Cross-border missions from Jordan deliver WFP food for 30,000 hard-to-reach civilians in Syria’s rural Dar'a Palestine refugees from Syria begin receiving food assistance in Lebanon

  • E-card pilot starts in Jordan’s Azraq and Al Za’atri camps

  • Construction of shops and distribution points starts as WFP moves from in-kind food to vouchers in Iraqi camps

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Factsheet: The UK's humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis (23 September 2014)

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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.

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Living on hope, hoping for education: the failed response to the Syrian refugee crisis

Four years into the Syrian crisis, over half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school – and the numbers are rising. The education crisis is fuelling an epidemic of child labour and early marriage. Lost educational opportunity risks driving young people into radicalised groups, including ISIS. That risk is most severe in Lebanon, where just one in five school-age Syrian refugee children is in formal education – an enrolment rate below that of sub-Saharan Africa.

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No Lost Generation Initiative: Protecting the Futures of Children Affected by the Syria Crisis

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A new UNICEF report reveals that increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by the Syria crisis, but millions more are at risk.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 August - 15 September 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • As the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there are now over 3 million refugees from Syria across Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Over 50 per cent of the Syrian refugees are children.

  • The crisis in Iraq is compounding the humanitarian situation in neighboring countries. There are now 5,000 Iraqi refugees in a camp in Al-Hassakeh region in Syria, and 16,000 Iraqi refugees in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sirnak who require humanitarian assistance.

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Syria Crisis Response Updated 19 Sept 2014

REGIONAL OVERVIEW SYRIA KEY FACTS

According to UNHCR 3,032,494 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 51.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,551,793 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

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Australia provides assistance to women and girls in Iraq

Today I announce that Australia will provide $2 million in assistance to support the hundreds of thousands of women and girls affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq.

This is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to help Iraq protect its people from the terror and brutality of ISIL.

Women and girls are bearing the brunt of this conflict as ISIL targets women, children and minorities for sexual violence and expectant mothers are forced to flee their homes.

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Ensuring quality education for young refugees from Syria : Mapping exercise on quality education for young refugees from Syria (12-25 years)

The Syrian crisis has uprooted the largest number of refugees in recent history. Half of the refugee population are children and young people forced to flee from home and rebuild their lives not knowing if or when return may be possible. It is clear that the initial emergency relief initiatives for Syria’s refugee crisis must now evolve to develop longer-term strategies. This mapping exercise focuses in on refugee youth education, a crucial yet often overlooked element in Syria’s humanitarian response. This report addresses the educational status of refugees from Syria aged 12-25 years.

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Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6 - Fiscal Year 2014

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  • USAID/OFDA airlifts approximately 54 metric tons (MT) of relief commodities from its warehouse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the city of Erbil

  • U.N. has expended approximately $308 million of the $500 million the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had pledged to the Iraq response in June

  • Iraqi refugee caseloads continue to increase in Jordan and Lebanon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Futures under threat: The impact of the education crisis on Syria’s children

From an almost 100 per cent enrollment rate, Syria has now descended to the second worst rate of school attendance in the world with 2.8 million children out of school.

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Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 18 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP is scaling back food assistance for Syrian refugees across the region from October as a result of funding shortfalls. Both the number of beneficiaries and the value of food vouchers will be reduced. As an example, monthly food assistance to around 440,000 Syrian refugees living in towns and villages in Jordan will be reduced from $34 to $16.

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 2 - 5 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Syria: During the reporting period, IOM distributed non-food items to an estimated 2,959 vulnerable and displaced individuals hosted in El Ifraj camp and in Kafar Amim village in Idleb.

Iraq: Between 7 July and 2 September, 2,834 Syrian refugees received inter-camp transportation assistance from IOM.

Jordan: During the reporting period, IOM screened 267 Syrian refugees for Tuberculosis (TB) and identified four new TB cases.

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