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19 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

Canadian-style scheme run by government says volunteers’ offers of support have been ‘stuck’ for six months

By Amelia Gentleman

Only two Syrian refugee families have been resettled under the government’s community refugee sponsorship scheme, six months after it was unveiled by the home secretary and the archbishop of Canterbury.

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18 Jan 2017 description

Amman, 14 January 2017: The UNESCO Office in Amman, with the generous funding of the European Union, concluded a one-year vocational training programme for over 350 Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth. The graduates earned a BTEC Level 3 diplomas from Al Quds College in Amman, Jordan. The international accredited diploma programmes offered students the choice to study one of five specializations and also take additional courses in English language, life skills, computer literacy and study skills.

18 Jan 2017 description

“Changing the World of Refugee Girls Through Education”: this is the aim of a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), UNESCO and Save the Children showcased during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, on 17 January.

Marking the launch of the commitment, P&G brought together a panel to raise awareness of the extreme vulnerability of refugee girls and to secure solutions to their future through education and skills development.

18 Jan 2017 description

UNESCO welcomes the announcement by the Iraqi authorities of the retaking of Mosul University by Iraqi military forces. During the period of occupation by ISIL/Daesh, the University of Mosul suffered considerable physical damage, and its academic staff and students were subject to grave violations of the right to education.

18 Jan 2017 description

Snow and freezing temperatures have made it impossible for refugees in Greece to continue living in tents. NORCAP experts are alarmed and urge the EU to accelerate the relocation process. "It is extremely sad and worrying that refugees have to stay in these conditions and that the EU is not doing more to help relocate and speed up the asylum process," says our expert Patric Mansour, deployed to UNHCR on Lesvos.

He has worked on the island since the start of the refugee influx in August 2015, where he coordinated large parts of the humanitarian response on the island.

18 Jan 2017 description

With no chairs or desks, around 250 children huddled in classrooms on mats

By Khalil Ashawi

AL-RAI, Syria, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Sifting through ripped up textbooks and writing on broken whiteboards, Syrian children returned this week to a dilapidated small-town school that was used by Islamic State militants as a prison for more than two years.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

18 Jan 2017 description
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The UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Ali Al-Za’tari approved US$19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in Aleppo.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage east of the city of Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic. Using satellite imagery acquired 02 April 2016, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 17,043 affected structures within and around the Jobar neighborhood and the city of Irbin. Approximately 4,492 of these were destroyed, 7,032 severely damaged, and 5,525 moderately damaged.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage density east of the city of Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic. Using satellite imagery acquired 02 April 2016, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 17,043 affected structures within and around the Jobar neighborhood and the city of Irbin. Approximately 4,492 of these were destroyed, 7,032 severely damaged, and 5,525 moderately damaged.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage and destruction in a portion of the city of Hama, Hama Governorate, Syria. Using satellite imagery acquired 06 July and 30 June 2016, 05 March 2014, 26 September 2013, and 06 August 2010, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 5,968 affected structures, of which 4,969 were destroyed, 345 severely damaged, and 654 moderately damaged. This analysis does not include pre-war military bases and facilities. This analysis was done as part of the REACH initiative for the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage density in the city of Daraa, Syrian Arab Republic. Using satellite imagery acquired 16 April 2016, 04 June 2015, 01 May 2014, 07 September 2013, and 14 December 2010, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 1089 affected structures, of which 174 were destroyed, 384 severely damaged, and 531 moderately damaged. This analysis does not include pre-war military bases and facilities. Trend analysis shows an increase in the number of damaged structures since 04 June 2015 and 232 structures are newly damaged.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage density in the city of Hama, Hama Governorate, Syria. Using satellite imagery acquired 06 July and 30 June 2016, 05 March 2014, 26 September 2013, and 06 August 2010, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 5,968 affected structures, of which 4,969 were destroyed, 345 severely damaged, and 654 moderately damaged. This analysis does not include pre-war military bases and facilities. This analysis was done as part of the REACH initiative for the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage density in the city of Daraa, Syrian Arab Republic. Using satellite imagery acquired 04 June 2015, 01 May 2014, 07 September 2013, and 14 December 2010, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 1011 affected structures, of which 157 were destroyed, 367 severely damaged, and 487 moderately damaged. This analysis does not include pre-war military bases and facilities. Trend analysis shows an increase in the number of damaged structures since 1 May 2014 and approximately 78 structures are newly damaged.

18 Jan 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage density in the city of Hama, Hama Governorate, Syria. Using satellite imagery acquired 05 March 2014, 26 September 2013, and 06 August 2010, UNITAR - UNOSAT identified a total of 4,916 affected structures, of which 4,587 were destroyed, 102 severely damaged, and 227 moderately damaged. This analysis does not include pre-war military bases and facilities. This analysis was done as part of the REACH initiative for the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Identify People with Disabilities; Ensure Access to Services

18 Jan 2017 description

2,876 arrivals by sea in 2017

219 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 17 January

387,487 arrivals in 2016