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Syria crisis: three million refugees

Three million people have now fled Syria to escape fighting, and the crisis is getting worse by the day. [Please donate to our Syria Crisis appeal>>]( According to the United Nations, more than three million people have now fled Syria to escape fighting – and a further 6.5 million have been forced from their homes within the country.
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Helping Iraqi Christian Families Fleeing ISIS

By Renee Targos

Food for the Hungry (FH) is giving shelter and other relief support to Iraqi Christian families and Syrians escaping violence from the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

With international news coverage of ISIS beheading Christians in Iraq and many surrounding countries closing borders, Iraqi families are arriving in Lebanon—a country already taxed with Syrian refugees—in desperate need. Others are remaining in their country trying to seek safety.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 1 September 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed hygiene kits to 295 families, while its health team supported 264 individuals with medical supplies in Yarmouk on 1 September.

"The UNRWA team arrived at the northern Bateekhah entrance to Yarmouk at 10:10 and began operations inside Yarmouk at 11:00. The distribution proceeded in an orderly manner until 15:00, when the authorities signaled an end to the process.

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Iraq + 1 other
When can I go home?

War Child UK

Mark Bradshaw is War Child UK’s Programme Development Coordinator for Asia/Middle East. He visited Erbil this month to help our team there start a project and assist in identifying children's needs across the region.

It’s only been a few weeks since the extreme IS violence displaced hundreds of thousands of families across Iraq.

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Humanitarian response to the Syria crisis July 2014


This document provides an overview of Australia's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.


The Syrian conflict is the biggest humanitarian, peace and security crisis facing the world today. Intensified fighting and a deteriorating humanitarian situation continue to cause massive people flows within Syria and into the region.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014


• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Jordan + 2 others
Health centers provide medical assistance to displaced Syrians in Jordan (September 1, 2014 )

Within programs of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers, the Saudi specialized ‎health centers continue to provide medical services to displaced Syrians in Zaatari Camp in Jordan. Doctors at the clinics said Sunday they have treated more than 2,360 patients last week. There are currently 13 ‎specialized health centers operating in the camp and are part of the Kingdom’s national campaign at ‎supporting the Syrian refugees and to provide health care to the camp residents.

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Iraq + 1 other
Education Cannot Wait: Education on the Brink in Iraq

Iraq is facing an unprecedented humanitarian emergency. A surge of violence in recent months between government forces and armed groups has resulted in the displacement of 1.5 million people from central Iraq to other parts of the country, especially to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 17 million people in Iraq have been affected. Over 500,000 IDPs are estimated to be of school‐going age (4‐17 years). The new academic year starts in September and all children should be going back to school.

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UN chief demands immediate release of seized Fijian peacekeepers

UN News Service

1 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday again called for the release of 44 Fijian peacekeepers seized in the Golan.

The peacekeepers are serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), monitoring a ceasefire established in 1974 between Israel and Syria.

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Exodus from Hasakeh as Syria hunts jihadists: NGO

09/01/2014 18:20 GMT

BEIRUT, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Raids by Syrian forces hunting suspected Islamic State infiltrators in the northeast town of Hasakeh have sparked an exodus of more than 60,000 civilians in three days, a monitor said Monday.

Hasakeh is split between zones controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, Kurdish groups and militants from the radical IS group, which is sowing terror in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

Agence France-Presse:

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Macedonia detains 100 Syrian, Iraqi immigrants

09/01/2014 15:31 GMT

SKOPJE, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Macedonian police said Monday they have detained more than 100 Syrian and Iraqi immigrants, among them women and children, hiding in a train transporting coal from the Greek port of Thessaloniki.

"The immigrants are mainly from Syria and Iraq and they came to Greece from Turkey," Ivo Kotevski, spokesman for the Interior Ministry told AFP.

They were detained overnight Sunday at a train station in central Macedonian town of Veles, Kotevski said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Lebanon + 1 other
Syrian Refugee Response: Lebanon Inter-Agency Update, 29 August 2014


  • The number of Syrian refugees registered in the region crossed the 3-million mark on 29 August. 1,175,000 are in Lebanon;

  • The number of children enrolled in non-formal education in 2014 reached 48,651;

  • 23,000 primary and secondary healthcare consultations were provided;

  • 51 per cent of registered Syrian refugees have benefited from shelter support as of this month;

  • 1,900 Syrian refugees accessed food in Arsal.

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World + 5 others
KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents



Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3


Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6


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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]



Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 7 others
Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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UNRWA and WFP partner to secure food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon

UNRWA and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support cash for food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon.

The signing ceremony was hosted by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in his office in Baabda, and attended by ambassadors and heads of United Nations agencies in Lebanon.

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Evidence of Islamic State Cluster Munition Use

Continued Government Use as Well

(Beirut) – Credible evidence has emerged that Islamic State forces used ground-fired cluster munitions in at least one location in northern Syria in recent weeks. The use of cluster munitions by non-state actors such as the Islamic State shows the urgent need for Syria and all nations that have not yet done so to join the ban on cluster munitions and destroy their stockpiles.

Human Rights Watch:

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World + 1 other
International freedom of expression rapporteurs urge stronger protection of journalists covering conflicts

GENEVA / WASHINGTON / VIENNA / PRETORIA,1 September 2014 – Recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary and unjustified incarcerations of journalists around the world must be condemned and opposed by the international community, a group of international freedom of expression rapporteurs* said today.