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28 Aug 2016 description
report UN News Service

27 August 2016 – Stressing that “time is of the essence” amid the increasingly dire situation in Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today called for all sides in the conflict to agree by Sunday on allowing aid delivery and repairs for the war-ravaged city's power and water systems to provide some relief for the nearly two million people trapped there.

27 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

Today, more than half of the world’s displaced people live in urban areas1 and the average length of displacement is 25 years.2 The humanitarian sector must adapt to meet the challenges of an urbanising world and the increasing role of cities as places of refuge and economic opportunity, as well as sites of heightened risk of crisis, marginalisation and inequality.

27 Aug 2016 description

This brief takes stock of how Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have been affected by the violence in Syria. Its author argues that none of the countries are in danger of a near-term meltdown, although Turkey is beginning to suffer from greater amounts of instability. Lebanon and Jordan, in turn, have managed the flows of refugees and militants out of Syria far better than anticipated and are in many ways more stable today than they were in especially chaotic 2013.

27 Aug 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 12:49 GMT

At least 15 civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria's Aleppo city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The Britain-based group said regime aircraft had dropped two explosive-packed barrel bombs several minutes apart on the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo.

27 Aug 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 09:03 GMT

A first group of rebels and their families evacuated from the Syrian town of Daraya after four years of government siege have reached opposition-held territory, a monitor said on Saturday.

At least five buses carrying fighters and their families arrived in the rebel-held city of Idlib in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The arrivals were the first since the evacuation of the town just outside Damascus began on Friday under an agreement between the government and the rebels.

27 Aug 2016 description
report UN News Service

26 August 2016 – In the first full, completed, cross-line delivery via road in August, inter-agency convoys have reached some 75,000 people in al-Waer in Syria’s Homs province with life-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations humanitarian arm has reported.

27 Aug 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Saturday 8/27/2016 - 03:48 GMT

by Vassilis KYRIAKOULIS

Inside the sleepy canteen of Idomeni, the Greek railway post on the border with Macedonia, the ring of a phone breaks the endless silence.

Stratos, the manager, jots down the order: five portions of okra, three of chicken, four salads, 10 bottles of water.

There is no address. The delivery is made out to the wooded hills nearby -- the home of a ghost community of migrants.

26 Aug 2016 description

Oakville, ON –UOSSM Canada with the help of volunteers will load a 40 foot container with assorted medical supplies to be shipped to Syria. These supplies will enter Syria through Turkey and be distributed among the medical facilities inside the war­torn country. Volunteers will come out to UOSSM Canada’s Oakville warehouse this Saturday at 1p.m. to help load the container with 700 boxes of supplies, as well as a variety of crutches, wheelchairs, and hospital gowns.

26 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 26 August 2016 -“ Today is another sad and dangerous day for the children in Syria, in particular those living in Aleppo.

“Every child there – everyone affected – needs an immediate pause to the fighting in Aleppo, and every second of every minute counts when it comes to protecting and saving the lives of children.

“UNICEF continues to be at the ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, including medicines, vaccines and nutritional supplements.

26 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

ATHENS/GENEVA 26 August 2016 – With the sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece with critical needs such as education and protection, says UNICEF. 

26 Aug 2016 description

Daraya , Syria | AFP | Friday 8/26/2016 - 14:49 GMT

by Rim Haddad

Rebels and civilians, many in tears, began evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya on Friday after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.

The evacuation came after a deal struck by President Bashar al-Assad's government and opposition forces in the town, which is near Damascus and was one of the first to rise up against the regime.

26 Aug 2016 description

This week, the Danish Refugee Council held an open medical day in Amman, Jordan for Syrian and Jordanian families.

More than 450 people attended the open medical day this week at the Danish Refugee Council Tarabot Community Centre, held in collaboration with the Institute of Family Health of Nour alHussien Foundation (IFH).

26 Aug 2016 description

Region-Country:: Europe and Central Asia / Greece

Greece - A group of 160 asylum seekers left Greece on Thursday (25/08) and arrived safely in France with IOM’s support under the European Union’s Relocation Programme.

The group comprised 128 Syrians, 30 Iraqis, and two stateless individuals. Of these, there were 93 men, 67 women, and 53 children under the age of 18.

IOM staff accompanied the asylum seekers on the chartered flight from Athens to Lyon, ensuring assistance throughout the journey and safe disembarkation in France.

26 Aug 2016 description

Posted: 08/26/16

Turkey - The recent escalation in violence in Aleppo City has left hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

IOM has responded through a “Whole of Syria” coordination mechanism, reaching over 7,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in both west and east Aleppo since 11 August, during brief pauses in fighting. Each day as the fighting continues, the humanitarian situation becomes more dire.

26 Aug 2016 description
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2014 Annual Narrative Report of IASC Gender Standby Capacity Project

26 Aug 2016 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 8/26/2016 - 13:03 GMT

by Nina LARSON

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were meeting in Geneva on Friday for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria.

They were briefly joined by the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who had said Thursday the talks would be "important", and could help his drive to revive the stalled negotiations.

Asked during a break how the meeting was proceeding, Lavrov responded: "Excellent".

26 Aug 2016 description
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2016 budget (in USD): US$ 3.88 million

Implementation period: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016

2016 deployments: 188 months of GenCap Adviser gender mainstreaming deployments and 12 months of Regional Gender Based Violence Adviser deployments, for a total of 200 deployment months for the project.

26 Aug 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a network of depots around the world (Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that stores and manages relief items on behalf of the humanitarian community. Strategic stocks of emergency relief goods are available at any given time and, at the onset of an emergency, UNHRD is ready to dispatch immediately.

26 Aug 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

Syria: REACH rapid assessment in Hasakeh highlights displacement trends and priority needs

On 18th August, airstrikes on Hasakeh city began for the first time since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, alongside increased clashes inside the city. Although airstrikes subsided after three days, clashes continued, triggering mass displacement of an estimated 70,000 people.