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Amman, 25 March 2017

The United Nations marked the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members with a renewed call for the immediate release or information of over two dozen staff still being held in detention or missing in Syria.

27 Mar 2017 description

27 March 2017 – Forty-year-old Ghada* from Aleppo faced devastating loss after loss that led to her becoming acutely depressed. Just weeks after her home was destroyed in a shell attack, her father and brother were killed when a shell hit their building. Soon after, her son was kidnapped and she was forced to sell her destroyed home and land to secure his release.

27 Mar 2017 description

Introduction

This paper presents descriptive statistics from a limited sample survey of Jordanian and Syrian refugee households in the city of Mafraq in northern Jordan. The main objective is to enhance our understanding of the communication between public schools and the households of their students through information from parents. The paper answers such questions as: To what extent is there contact between the schools and the parents; how do they communicate; and who initiates the communication?

27 Mar 2017 description

27 March 2017 – The World Health Organization expresses grave concern at the deteriorating health situation in East Ghouta, Rural Damascus, where more than 300 000 people are besieged, and calls for immediate access to deliver lifesaving assistance.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, March 27, 2017) – The European Parliament should ensure that European Union funds for refugees also reach those with disabilities, Human Rights Watch and the European Disability Forum said in advance of an event at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow, March 28.

27 Mar 2017 description

This document seeks to provide clarification on the 2017 4Ws child protection activities with an aim to consolidate, strengthen and ensure Whole of Syria coherence. This guidance is consistent with the 2017 HRP child protection results framework and the broad child protection results outlined in the No Lost Generation initiative.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

Attacks on Medical Units

Deliberate attacks against medical units, personnel, and patients in Syria reached an unprecedented level in 2016. Breaches of International Humanitarian Law have become commonplace, and impunity the norm.

The impunity for serious violation of IHL committed during the conflict in Syria has created a fertile ground for further violations and abuses on a wider and evermore devastating scale.

In 2016, WHO and partners recorded confirmed reports of 338 attacks on healthcare facilities.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Harikar

INTRODUCTION

Harikar NGO is a neutral, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization established in 30th May 2004 by group of social activists. Harikar NGO as stated in its mission statement strives toward the fulfilment of human and women rights in Duhok Governorate as stipulated in the new Iraqi constitution of 15th October 2005. Harikar is committed to- within its resources- contribute towards the achievement of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

World leaders must take decisive action to immediately stop the targeting of schools and students in dozens of conflict-affected countries worldwide and hold perpetrators accountable, Save the Children is warning.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Fighters with the 'Islamic State' (IS) group have reportedly ordered Raqqa residents to evacuate the city following reports that a Euphrates River dam could collapse. The group alleges that US air strikes had damaged it.

Fierce fighting between so-called "Islamic State" (IS) jihadists and the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the Tabqa Dam has put it out of service. A technical source from Syria told the AFP news agency that water levels in the reservoir were rising, which could inundate the surrounding area.

26 Mar 2017 description
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Conflicts and protracted crises hamper progress made to end hunger in the Near East and North Africa

Severe food insecurity affects more than 30 million people

27 March 2017, Cairo - Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when food production had increased and the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty had decreased, a new FAO report said today.

26 Mar 2017 description

The Syrian conflict has been characterised by the damaging or destruction of a high number of medical units. The sheer number of incidents recorded alone indicates that in many cases such facilities may have been either deliberately targeted or otherwise damaged/destroyed as a result of a failure to adhere to international humanitarian law- in particular the prohibition of launching indiscriminate attacks and the principles of proportionality and precautions in attack.

26 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 273,720 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

  • 34,514 core relief item kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 182,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

  • 7,976 family plots currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor

  • 3 million IDPs since January 2014

26 Mar 2017 description

An increasing number of localised ceasefire agreements are being agreed between armed opposition groups and the Government of Syria. While efforts aimed at ending the fighting are to be encouraged, the terms of the agreement must be in conformity with international humanitarian law and international human rights law.