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Child marriage takes a brutal toll on Syrian girls

DAMASCUS, Syria – “No girls want this life,” said Nour,* a 12-year-old girl from Aleppo, Syria, who was married to a 30-year-old man earlier this year. “Teenage Syrian girls are being forced into early marriages to save their families.”

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 20 October 2014

UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and the fact that increasing tensions and resort to armed force have disrupted its efforts to alleviate the desperate plight of civilians. UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also urges all concerned parties to immediately allow and facilitate the resumption of food distribution to civilians inside Yarmouk. UNRWA further demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access will follow.

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Turkey + 1 other
UN Humanitarian Chief calls for continued assistance and a political solution for Syria

During a visit to Turkey, Valerie Amos reminded the international community of the gravity of this humanitarian crisis and said that additional support is needed ahead of the long winter.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report 7th - 13th October 2014

Highlights

  • During the reporting period, an estimated 180,000 people have been internally displaced from Heet City and surrounding areas in Anbar Governorate .

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Situation update for Kobani, Aleppo Governorate, Syrian Arab Republic (17 October 2014)

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UNOSAT

This report provides an overview of the situation in the town of Kobani as of 15 October 2014, using high resolution imagery collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite. UNOSAT reviewed the town for indicators of damage and destruction and signs of ongoing fighting such as active fires, craters and fortifications. Imagery shows widespread damage along the city and numerous destroyed and severely damaged structures and craters caused by munitions impacts. Roadblocks were detected and vehicle traffic is almost entirely absent throughout the town.

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Iraq Crisis (ECHO/-ME /BUD/2014/91000) Last update:07/10/2014 Version 5

AMOUNT: EUR 20 000 000

MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

October 2014: modification n°4

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British Government in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council

The British Government, already a key humanitarian actor in the Syrian crisis, has further increased its engagement through a two-year partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Syria and Lebanon. £21 million will ensure vital emergency relief operations during this two-year period.

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World + 31 others
IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

International Organization for Migration:

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 19 October 2014

UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and the fact that increasing tensions and resort to armed force have disrupted its efforts to alleviate the desperate plight of civilians. UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means. UNRWA also urges all concerned parties to immediately allow and facilitate the resumption of food distribution to civilians inside Yarmouk. UNRWA further demands that continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access will follow.

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In Syria and neighbouring countries “winter puts Syrian families at risk of disease and death”

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CARE

People affected by the conflict have to survive the upcoming cold winter weather with meagre assistance, CARE supports with blankets, winter clothes and cash assistance.

Amman, Jordan (XX, 2014) - As another harsh winter season approaches in the Middle East, CARE International calls for the immediate release of further funding to support millions of people caught up in the conflict in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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Turkey + 1 other
Humanitarian aid for Kobani’s Kurds from Syria

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Islamic Relief

Amidst increasingly complex conflict in the region, Islamic Relief has provided life-saving aid to Kurds fleeing armed groups in northern Syria.

In late September, over 138,000 people – mainly Kurds – crossed the Turkish border from northern Syria, according to the UN refugee agency. Most of the refugees are women, children, and elderly people, who are exhausted after having walked several kilometres on dusty roads with their luggage.

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World + 4 others
United Nations Development Group affirms support for Arab Region at a “turning point”

Amman, 14 October – Today the regional leadership of the United Nations Development Group met in Amman and confirmed its support for the Arab States, Middle East and North Africa region at the critical juncture it faces.

“We meet today at a turning point, between progress and crisis, between development and regression, between a brighter future and a darkness that is terrible to contemplate,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional United Nations Development Group. “We come together today to ensure that this turning point we face, is a turning point for the better.”

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 16 October 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA distributed 200 food parcels and 200 hygiene kits to civilians in Yarmouk today, 16 October. The Agency also provided primary health services to 180 civilian patients from Yarmouk and completed the delivery of textbooks for Grades 5 to 9. The UNRWA team arrived at the distribution point at 12:05, with distributions commencing at 12:40. All activities came to a close at 16:00 and the team departed the area safely.

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Cash assistance in Syria: a vital lifeline for the most vulnerable

“Without the cash assistance we receive we would be lost,” says double amputee Imad Ali Mdardas. Like the majority of Palestine refugees living in Syria, Imad and his family have been left in desperate circumstances by the ongoing armed conflict. Before escaping the besieged area of Yarmouk in Damascus, Imad could not access the healthcare or medicine he needed to treat his condition. As a result, his second leg was amputated in a makeshift clinic in Yarmouk to prevent the spread of a serious infection. He is now wheelchair-bound.

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Egypt + 1 other
Egypt: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Food Security

US$2.8 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers in August

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Food voucher distribution commenced on 17 August and finished on 23 August. WFP reached over 63,000 beneficiaries in Greater Cairo, 22,900 in Alexandria, 11,100 in Damietta, 2,700 in Mansoura, 600 in Marsa Matrouh and 500 in Tanta. Over US$2.8 million was injected into the local economy through food vouchers.