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30 May 2016 description

Experimental NGO offers chance for new arrivals to fulfil their potential, giving them access to online courses from the world’s top universities.

By: Josie Le Blond | 30 May 2016

BERLIN, Germany, May 30 (UNHCR) - Tuition fees, language barriers and missing paperwork mean most young asylum-seekers are unable to continue studying in their host countries. However, a fast-growing project in Germany aims to remove the barriers to higher education and give forcibly displaced people a chance to fulfil their potential.

30 May 2016 description

Even before commemorating World Health Day 2016 on 7 April, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) started promoting a series of events to stimulate healthier lifestyles for students and staff across its schools and fields of operations, with the generous support of the United States.

29 May 2016 description

The number of refugees at the point at which the Iraq, Syria, and Jordan borders meet is still increasing. When Tzu Chi volunteers held a distribution in February, there were 1,500 people, but now there are over 12,000. On the latest visit, Tzu Chi volunteers brought clothes and shoes to refugees and children.

At 4 am in the morning, Tzu Chi volunteers in Jordan left Amman from the border of Iraq and Syria, which is about 375 kilometers away. During the six-hour trip, the volunteers had to endure the desert dust.

27 May 2016 description
report IRIN

Fears of IS infiltration mean thousands of refugees are now trapped in a fenced-off compound

Rana spent more than five months at the Jordanian border with Syria, with very little in the way of food, water, medical care or shelter. She eventually made it into Jordan, but for the past 20 days the 15-year-old has been trapped, alongside thousands of others, inside what is euphemistically known as “Village 5”, a fenced-off compound within the UN-run Azraq camp, some 80 kilometres east of Amman.

27 May 2016 description

Dozens of Palestine refugees are gathered in the yard of Husn distribution centre, holding their ration cards and canvas bags while waiting to receive their food rations – a routine start for a food distribution day. On a quarterly basis, Palestine refugees registered under the UNRWA Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP) receive basic food commodities and cash subsidies. In 2015, some 58,729 Palestine refugees in Jordan benefited from the SSNP, which focuses on the ‘abject poor’ – those who cannot meet their basic food needs.

26 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Donors continue to support expansion, improvement of Jordanian education system

AMMAN (May 26, 2016) – The European Union, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and United States, together with UNICEF, today announced their support to the Government of Jordan’s landmark commitment, made at the Syrian Conference in London earlier this year, to educate every child in Jordan in the 2016/2017 school year.

25 May 2016 description

Bern, 24.05.2016 - Having attended the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where he discussed measures to jointly tackle violent conflict, major humanitarian challenges and the refugee crisis, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, stopped off in Lebanon. In the capital, Beirut, he visited a number of projects in a show of support for the efforts being made by Switzerland and its partner organisations to improve the future prospects of people in Lebanon.

25 May 2016 description
report Kuwait News Agency

By Mahmood Bushehri

AMMAN, May 24 (KUNA) -- The International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) sent on Tuesday its second shipment within a week of relief aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan aboard a Kuwait Airways aircraft. The aid mainly consisted of 22 tons of basic food staples for Syrian refugee families getting ready to welcome the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, said IICO chief for relief aid services Mohammad Al-Holi, in a statement to KUNA and state-run Kuwait TV.

24 May 2016 description

Today in Geneva, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched its 2015 Annual Report of the Department of Health, which highlights the remarkable gains achieved by UNRWA in reducing mother and child deaths, infectious and communicable disease transmission, and achieving nearly 100 per cent vaccination coverage rates.

24 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

For the seventh decade, UNRWA Health programme continues to deliver comprehensive preventive and curative primary health care (PHC) services to Palestine refugees through a network of 143 primary health care facilities, and helps them access secondary and tertiary health care services. The total number of registered Palestine refugees has reached some 5.7 million, out of whom; about 3.5 million are served at our health centres.

24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

24 May 2016 description

The Zarqa Preparatory Girls’ School No. 1 has become “like a lighthouse for students and the community,” said Asma al-Diqis, the school’s principal.

Al-Diqis is the woman behind a number of initiatives at the school that promote a healthy lifestyle as part of H.M. Queen Rania’s Healthy Schools National Accreditation project, implemented in Jordanian schools by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

24 May 2016 description
infographic Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 4,844,111 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. In 2014 more than 895,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,500 per day.

In 2015 more than 877,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,400 per day. Children now make up 52.6% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,548,002 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

24 May 2016 description

The six-year-old Syrian crisis has torn the country apart, and caused population displacement on a previously unprecedented scale. More than 4.8 million Syrians fled the country to live in neighboring countries, including some 638,000 registered in Jordan. Since 2012, Handicap International teams, with support from the European Commission (ECHO), have been assisting refugees in communities and camps. Staff members Nowar, Ansam, Noor, and Amer have focused their work on the refugees. Here is their story.

24 May 2016 description

Press release | Published: 2016-05-24

'Norway is entering into a multi-year cooperation agreement with Unicef, and will provide up to NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is a follow-up to the donor conference for Syria earlier this year. It will give Unicef greater predictability in its efforts to help children and young people,' said Minister of Foreign affairs Børge Brende.