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04 Sep 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 19:57 GMT

At least 15 Syrian Christians who had been held by the Islamic State group in the central village of Al-Qaryatain were released Friday, monitoring groups said.

"A group of 15 Christians who had been under house arrest by IS in Al-Qaryatain were released and arrived in Fayrouzah," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

IS jihadists had taken at least 230 civilians hostage, including dozens of Christians, in the village in Syria's Homs province in early August.

04 Sep 2015 description

By Tommaso Della Longa, IFRC They come from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Thousands of migrants crossing through Serbia every week – families with children, the disabled, the elderly, the young – all hoping to make it further into Europe. Depending on where they are coming from and their financial resources, their journeys last anywhere from 15-48 days.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Salvation Army

AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

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Refugee Crisis

The terrible images from Turkey that have dominated the news this week have rightly focused Canadians attention on the ever worsening refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Sadly, this is not a new narrative for War Child. The tragedy unfolding on our TV screens is the result of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis affecting many parts of Africa and the Middle East.

04 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

BEYROUTH/ISTANBUL, 4 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - Imaginez que la Syrie n'existe pas, que la guerre n'y ait jamais eu lieu. La crise des migrants en Europe ne paraîtrait alors pas si terrible.

Les deux pays de l'Union européenne (UE) où sont arrivées le plus de personnes par bateau sont l'Italie et la Grèce.

04 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, le 3 septembre 2015 – Les images déchirantes de corps d’enfants rejetés par la mer sur les rives de l’Europe… gisant à l’arrière de camions franchissant les frontières… passés à travers des barbelés par des parents désespérés…

Alors que la crise des réfugiés et migrants en Europe s’aggrave, ces images choquantes ne seront pas les dernières à circuler à travers le monde sur les réseaux sociaux, sur nos écrans de télévision et à la Une de nos journaux.

04 Sep 2015 description

Updates on how the UK government is helping to address the Syrian refugee situation

In the first 6 months of 2015, more than 220,000 people were detected crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. Many of these are fleeing the conflict in Syria: the conflict has killed over 220,000 and forced more than 11 million to flee their homes.

The UK government is taking part in the UN’s programme to resettle refugees who have fled from their home countries, including those affected by conflict or civil war.

04 Sep 2015 description

Amman, Jordan | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:25 GMT

The UN food agency said on Friday it has ceased assistance to 229,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan because of a lack of funds, but will continue to provide for 211,000 others.

"Due to a lack of funds we had to suspend from the first of September assistance to 229,000 Syrians who live in Jordan, outside (UN) refugee camps," World Food Programme spokeswoman Dina El-Kassaby said.

However, the WFP will continue to provide aid to 211,000 vulnerable Syrians outside refugee camps, she added.

04 Sep 2015 description

Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:16 GMT

The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday proposed creating a rail corridor for Syrian refugees linking Hungary and Germany, as Central European leaders rejected an EU-wide quota system taking in refugees.

"The Czech Republic and Slovakia can create a rail corridor for Syrian refugees travelling from Hungary to Germany, if Berlin and Budapest agree," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a joint press conference in Prague.

04 Sep 2015 description

Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:09 GMT

by Peter MURPHY

Hungary's parliament pushed through emergency anti-migration laws Friday to halt a surge in numbers crossing into the EU state as crowds of refugees and migrants defied the security forces in their quest to reach western Europe.

04 Sep 2015 description

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 15:17 GMT

Britain will provide an extra 100 million pounds (137 million euros, $153 million) in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis, bringing its total contribution to more than 1.0 billion pounds, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.

"That is the UK's largest-ever response to a humanitarian crisis. No other European country has come close to this level of support," he told a news conference in Madrid.

04 Sep 2015 description
report UN News Service

4 September 2015 – Declaring that Europe is facing “a moment of truth” with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

04 Sep 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 13:28 GMT

The 71 migrants found dead in an abandoned lorry in Austria last week had most likely suffocated soon after they were picked up by a smuggler in Hungary, police said Friday.

Preliminary autospy results indicate that "if you take into account the number of people and lack of oxygen, it's fair to assume that asphyxiation occurred within no time at all," police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said.

The final coroner's report was expected to take another five or six weeks, he added.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker Security Database, which provides statistics and analysis about attacks against aid workers.

04 Sep 2015 description

Lisbon, Portugal | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:37 GMT

by Roland Lloyd Parry with Brigitte Hagemann in Lisbon and Dario Thuburn in London

Britain promised Friday to take in thousands more Syrian refugees and give 100 million pounds in extra aid, as their plight raised pressure on European leaders.

"Given the scale of the crisis and the suffering of the people, today I can announce that we will do more, providing resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees," Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters on a visit to Lisbon.

04 Sep 2015 description

In its fifth year, the Syrian conflict has devastated the lives and livelihoods of millions of Syrians. Equally shattered are the lives of the 560,000 Palestine refugees who called Syria home.

The 67,000 Palestine refugee students enrolled in UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) schools before the crisis have not been spared. UNRWA was established in 1949 to carry out direct relief programmes for Palestine refugees displaced following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.

04 Sep 2015 description

Hungary - Scenes of chaos continue at train stations in Hungary as migrants and refugees try to leave the country and reach Germany via Austria.

Following the tragic death of 71 people in the back of a lorry bound for Austria, the Hungarian government allowed refugees who were camped at Budapest’s Keleti station to board trains to Vienna on Monday (31/8).

On Tuesday (1/9) the government reversed this policy and thousands of migrants and refugees who had bought tickets that they were unable to use protested outside the station.

04 Sep 2015 description

Greece - Over the past week, IOM Greece estimates that over 5,000 migrants and refugees a day have crossed the Aegean Sea into Greece.

The largest group are Syrians, followed by Afghans. They mainly include men, families with children, and minors accompanied by close relatives. Many of the families, especially the Afghans, include pregnant women and new-borns.

On Monday (31/8), according to IOM staff on the island of Kos, the Hellenic Police estimated that there were approximately 4,000 migrants on the island – of whom 2,000 had yet to be identified.

04 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkan - Regional Overview

• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.

• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.

ECHO involvement

04 Sep 2015 description

Many residents of Za'atari refugee camp for Syrian refugees have installed and are now using private bathrooms in their homes, which has left a number of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) centres unused. As ACTED did not want these areas to become useless, they hosted group discussions with members of the community to discuss the best way to make use of these empty spaces. The community's first answer was: a community garden.