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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.

01 Sep 2015 description

Since March 2011, the Syrian crisis has displaced nine million individuals with an estimated 1.5 million in Lebanon. The government of Lebanon has consistently resisted the establishment of formal refugee camps, so the refugee population is widely dispersed. As a result, WASH sector assistance has been highly individualized, providing services to small scale settlements. With mostly impermanent infrastructure, maintenance and aid dependency have become primary concerns.

31 Aug 2015 description

About the Conflict Mapping and Analysis Project

31 Aug 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

Thousands of dollars have been crowdfunded for a Palestinian-Syrian refugee and pen seller, after his image went viral.

Beirut - Abdul Halim Attar looked drained, puffing on a locally manufactured Cedars cigarette as he paused to collect his thoughts on everything that has happened to him over the last few days.

31 Aug 2015 description

GENÈVE, 26 aout (HCR) – Le chef du HCR, António Guterres, a réitéré mercredi la nécessité de protéger les réfugiés fuyant vers l'Europe en les protégeant contre les passeurs et en créant un système efficace pour leur permettre de demander l'asile en toute légalité.

30 Aug 2015 description

Beirut (ICRC) – Today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held events across Lebanon to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. In Tripoli, Baalbek and Tyre, families of people who have gone missing gathered with national associations and civil-society representatives to remember their loved ones and urge the authorities to take action. Decades have passed since the end of the civil war in Lebanon, but thousands still remain unaccounted for.

29 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Response Falls Short

(Beirut, August 29, 2015) – Lebanese authorities should move forward on proposals to set up an independent national commission to investigate the fate of people forcibly disappeared during the country’s 1975-1990 civil war and aftermath, Human Rights Watch said today on the eve of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The United Nations designated August 30 as the International Day of the Disappeared to raise awareness about enforced disappearances around the world.

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

Highlights   

• 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

Funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW, Maharat Foundation in cooperation with the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project launched the first study in the context of monitoring the implementation of the “Journalists’ Pact for strengthening Civil Peace in Lebanon.”

A number of Editors in Chief and Media representatives gathered in Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel - Ein Mreisseh on the 31st of July 2015 and discussed the entitled study “The representations of the “Syrians” and “Palestinians” in news media coverage.”

27 Aug 2015 description

Sidon, Lebanon | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 06:42 GMT

Two people were killed when gunmen briefly opened fire in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, breaching a tense ceasefire, Palestinian sources said on Thursday.

A source from the Fatah Palestinian faction said a Fatah official and a civilian had been killed in fire by "unidentified gunmen" overnight in Ain al-Hilweh in southern Lebanon.

The breach threatened a ceasefire that ended several days of clashes between Fatah and an Islamist group in the camp.

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.

27 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency head António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated the need to protect refugees fleeing to Europe by ensuring they are protected from human traffickers and that a properly functioning system is created to allow them to apply for asylum legally.

At a joint press conference with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Geneva, he said such a system would help replace the currently "dysfunctional" approach within the European Union to the handling of the influx of refugees to Europe.

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.