- Syrian Network for Human Rights: Children of Syria … The drowned hope, 21 Nov 2015
- UNHCR: Syrian Refugees Inter-Agency Regional Update, Oct 2015
- OCHA: Developments in Northern Governorates - Situation Report No. 3 (as of 20 Nov 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- 2015 Strategic Response Plan: Syrian Arab Republic
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Regional Strategic Overview
- UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2015
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Guide to Giving (January 2014)
Today, Sweden is taking a decision on support to the areas in Iraq that have been liberated from ISIL, as well as to areas in Syria controlled by the opposition and in affected neighbouring countries. The increased support totals SEK 79 million.
“This support to Iraq and Syria is important to enable a long-term solution to the conflicts. Sweden continues to work on both the political and the military track, as well as through aid measures,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.
The emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has met for the seventh time and assessed that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). They also expanded the temporary recommendations to outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus, due to the importance of stopping all types of poliovirus as we near the finish line of polio eradication. Learn more about cVDPVs.
Imagine you are an elderly woman, the only one who can work in your family, with hungry mouths to feed but your mobility is limited and you cannot go far from home for work. Imagine you are an old woman with a prosthetic leg with no male to earn any income in your household, and a young and troubled son to look after. Imagine you’re a young woman whose husband is in jail in Syria, whose infant son passed away, and who has a young daughter depending on you to clothe, shelter, and feed her.
Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT
Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.
At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.
All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.
· To continue assisting Iraqis affected by the current crisis, WFP requires USD 7.5 million to fund operations until December 2015; a further USD 7.6 million is needed for the Syrian refugee response in Iraq until December 2015. To extend assistance for as long as possible amid funding shortfalls, WFP is continuing tiered distributions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees until the end of 2015, adjusted by location and assessed vulnerability to food insecurity.
• Since the beginning of the year 2,951,863 individuals have been supported with a total of 9,902,720 [NFIs 16.7 Items per family in average].
• The Sector endorsed its Monitoring Format and reviewed the mapping of contingency stock/pipeline as well as the NFIs catalogue.
SCENARIOS FOR DECEMBER 2015–DECEMBER 2016
Key facts and figures:
6.5 million people internally displaced
4.5 million in hard to reach areas, including 0.39 million people besieged.
13.5 million require humanitarian assistance
8.7 million require food assistance
7 million Food and Cash
2.5 million Agriculture
*Approximately 2 million receive both
Met: USD 391,730,946 (32.2%)
Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, responds to the Spending Review
“The government’s renewed commitment to spending 0.7% of our national income to help the poorest people around the world is very welcome and will transform the lives of millions of children. It is something we can be very proud of as a country.
By John Engedal Nissen, IFRC
Ahmad Beshar’s epic journey from his war-torn home has already taken months. On arrival at the Slavonski Brod transit camp in Croatia, the former Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) medical volunteer was able to have a much-needed clean-up, a quick rest and something to eat.“I finally took a shower and now I’m waiting for the train [to Slovenia],” said Beshar.
Iraq faces a complex, and growing humanitarian crisis with at least 8.7 million Iraqis requiring humanitarian assistance. This includes about 3.2 million people who have fled their homes since January 2014. While people have dispersed to more than 3,500 different locations in the country, nearly 50 per cent are hosted in three governorates: Anbar, Baghdad and Dahuk. Over 440,000 people have returned to newly accessible areas, but have found widespread destruction and continue to require humanitarian support.
Office of the Spokesperson
November 25, 2015
Myth: All Syrian refugees are dangerous.
Fact: 2,234 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since October 1, 2010 (the beginning of fiscal year 2011), and only after the most extensive level of security screening of any category of traveler to the United States. None have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.
Refugees are not terrorists. Many refugees are victims of terrorists.
54th & 55th Meetings (AM & PM)
For the first time since 2009, delegates today requested a recorded vote on a draft resolution on the rights of the child, as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) sent a package of 13 texts to the General Assembly on a range of issues, from preventing violence and women migrant workers to involving youth in paving a way to a sustainable future.
By Samya Kullab
BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.
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BERLIN, Nov 24 (UNHCR) – Gripping the handlebars of the unfamiliar, borrowed bicycle, Shiraz peers down at her right foot and places it hesitantly on the raised pedal. Lifting her head, eyes fixed on the wide sweep of park beyond, she glides off as her left leg falls irresistibly into a pedalling rhythm.
By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Italian counterpart Gentiloni, the Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkans met in Berlin on Tuesday, 24 November. The main focus of the talks was the current refugee crisis. The Ministers also discussed economic issues regarding investment and economic growth in the region.
The refugee and migrant crisis does not just pose a major challenge for the European Union but also for the countries in the Western Balkans.
Turkish officials say their fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday 24 November after warning it ten times in the space of five minutes that it was violating Turkish airspace. Moscow said that a SU-24 was downed but could prove the aircraft never left Syrian airspace, with President Vladimir Putin himself saying it was 1km inside Syria. Drawing on the expertise of its analysts covering Syria, Turkey and Russia, International Crisis Group has compiled this background Q&A on possible dangers ahead.