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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 10 - 16 August 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis (“Level 3”) in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcibly displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 5 - 18 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria: On 13 August, IOM completed shelter repair and rehabilitation works in four collective shelters in Sa’sa’, a cross line area in Rural Damascus.

  • Iraq: IOM began vocational training for 20 Syrian refugees living in Qushtabah camp in Erbil.

  • Jordan: From 5 to 18 August, 1,912 Syrian refugees were transported from the Rabaa’ al Sarhan Screening Centre to Azraq and Za’atri camps.

International Organization for Migration:

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WHO Response to the Syrian Crisis - Regional SitRep, July 2014

Highlights

United Nations security council resolution 2165 Allows WHO and UN agencies to deliver Humanitarian Assistance to previously unreached in Syria through Cross border activities.

Heightened risk of epidemic-prone diarrhea diseases during the summer months across the subregion.

WHO and UNICEF in Syria urge all parties to the Syrian conflict not to deny vulnerable populations access to safe drinking water.

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Syria Crisis: IOM Regional Response - Transport Assistance for Refugees and Stranded Migrants (from January 2013 to 18 August 2014)

Lebanon - Emergency evacuation and repatriation of 1,401 extremely vulnerable migrant workers since January 2013 from Syria

IOM assists stranded migrants to leave Syria and to transit through Lebanon in order to fly home from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut. A land-bridge was set up between Damascus and Beirut in February 2013 after frequent insecurity prevented convoys to reach Damascus international airport.

International Organization for Migration:

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Kuwaiti aid to WHO improves health for Syrians affected by conflict

21 August 2014, Geneva -- A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.

The much needed funds have been used to provide essential health care in both government- and opposition-controlled areas within Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries struggling to cope with 2.9 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey.

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Syria crisis Humanitarian Bulletin Highlights of response: June - July 2014

Now, in the fourth year of the conflict, there are 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. The number of refugees continues to increase and camps and informal settlements are growing, some into sizeable cities. The highest number of Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, followed by Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt; 75 per cent are women and children and 25 per cent are women and girls of reproductive age.

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Jordan + 1 other
Iraqi Chrisitians find safety in Jordan

Report
Caritas

By Dana Shahin

“We were given no choice but to leave,” said Nagham, who has just arrived in Jordan with her family after fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul after Sunni Muslim extremists seized it.

“We are people of peace and this is happening to us,” she said, speaking from the Melkite convent hall in Marka area where she is staying with 40 other refugees.

Known as ‘Daesh’, ‘Islamic State’ or ‘Isis’, the armed men gave Christians like Nagham, her husband and two children a stark choice: either leave, convert to Islam, pay a heavy tax or be executed.

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Renewed Support for Relief Efforts in Syria

Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria.

FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous.

“The project will provide a three-month distribution of much needed food items and rent subsidies to help mainly displaced women, children and elderly cope with the severely deteriorating economic conditions, and to aid in restoring dignity of life,” FMEEC stated.

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Jordan + 1 other
The Need to Teach

Posted by
Richard Corbridge

Stories of refugees typically focus on their suffering, their plight, significant loss and conflict. Yet there I was, in Irbid, Jordan close to the Syrian border, an area inundated by hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, with a group of heroic Syrian teachers. And yes, they’re also refugees, mostly fleeing violence from Homms and Derra, cities in Syria reduced to rubble during Syria’s four year long civil war.

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World + 6 others
Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

Report
CARE

This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

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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Iraq + 4 others
UNHCR in major air, land and sea humanitarian aid push into northern Iraq

The major focus is on improving living conditions for IDPs, particularly people without shelter or housing. People are struggling to find food and water and gaining access to primary medical care.