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01 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015

Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.

30 Aug 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

When Abdul-Ahad Hanna realised that even the smallest tasks exhausted him, he know something was seriously wrong.

He had previously had a cancerous tumour on his lip which was surgically removed. In ordinary circumstances, he would have had radiotherapy following surgery, but, as a Syrian living in Jordan, Abdul-Ahad could not afford the treatment.

The 71-year-old man, who has lived in Jordan since 1983, said: “After six months, I felt pain in my neck and was constantly sweating at night.”

He went for a scan and found out the cancer had spread.

28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

28 Aug 2015 description

A generous pledge of US$ 15 million from the Government of Kuwait will help enable UNRWA to open its schools on time for the 2015/16 school year. UNRWA had been facing a budget deficit of US$ 101 million in its General Fund that risked delaying the school year for the Agency’s 685 schools, potentially affecting half a million Palestine refugee children in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

28 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.

• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

26 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – To help prevent more people from Syria fleeing into Europe, the UN refugee agency has repeated calls to increase and improve essential support in the countries of first asylum, such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey which are now home to more than four million refugees.

However, UNHCR noted that despite the urgent need for funds the Syria situation Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) remained under-funded, with just 33 per cent of the target figure currently met.

26 Aug 2015 description
report ActionAid

Oriana Lauria

How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it.

25 Aug 2015 description
report The New York Times


BELGRADE, Serbia — The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.

25 Aug 2015 description

25 August 2015 - Over 250 representatives from the Government, UN agencies, donor governments and national and international NGOs gathered yesterday at the Dead Sea for the first of a three-day workshop to develop a comprehensive national response plan to address the short and medium-term impacts of the Syria crisis on the country.

25 Aug 2015 description

In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees and others who have now arrived there in the wake of the dramatic scenes of the last few days at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

At the Greece-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people have been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, we anticipate these arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day.

25 Aug 2015 description

PRRO: Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation / EMOP: Emergency Operation


24 Aug 2015 description
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  • WFP will cease assistance to 229,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in communities in Jordan from September.
  • Based on the results of Iraq’s Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment, WFP will reduce its caseload by almost half starting next month.
  • WFP has developed plans until the end of 2015 for each of the countries in the region, channelling its limited available resources to support the most vulnerable among Syrian refugees.
24 Aug 2015 description
report Jordan Red Crescent

The Jordanian Red Crescent’s Vocational Center concluded, yesterday, various training courses aimed at Syrian-refugee and local community women sponsored by the International committee of the Red Cross and the German Red Cross.

The courses that were initiated at the beginning of the year covered many manual skills such as soap making, accessory design and assembly, basket weaving, candle making and shaping, as well as a literacy course.

24 Aug 2015 description

3RP partners supporting education ministries' initiatives for access to quality education

During the month, education partners continued to work with the education ministries in refugee hosting countries on initiatives to ensure that vulnerable children from the refugee and host communities are able to access education.