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03 Sep 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand.

But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them. Our lifesaving work is only possible with your knowledge and support.

03 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Arabic press release

Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.

The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.

02 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) - Imagine Syria didn't exist - that the war never happened. Suddenly Europe’s migration crisis doesn't look so bad.

The two EU countries that receive the vast majority of arrivals by boat are Italy and Greece.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Situation Overview

  1. Humanitarian Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.04 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 908.8 million, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and HRPs are 32.1% funded.

  2. The Syria Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.42 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.5 billion (33.7%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.92 billion (66.3%).

02 Sep 2015 description

Changing Dynamics and Fresh largescale Displacements

The first six months of 2015 has seen fresh fighting, changing dynamics and the massive displacement of over 1 million people, some multiple times, throughout Syria.

02 Sep 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 18:07 GMT

by Katy Lee with Peter Murphy in Budapest

Tensions between European Union countries escalated Wednesday over how to tackle the huge influx of refugees and migrants, as thousands more arrived on the Greek mainland, hoping to push north.

At least 12 Syrian refugees drowned trying to make the perilous sea crossing from Turkey that has seen more than 160,000 people land on Greek shores this year.

02 Sep 2015 description

Near Idomeni , Greece | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 09:35 GMT

by Serene ASSIR

"However hard you try, you just can't imagine how hard this journey is for me," says Abu Fahed, 25, who lost both his legs in a bombing and is fleeing Syria's war through the Balkans in a wheelchair.

02 Sep 2015 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 14:38 GMT |

At least 12 Syrian migrants trying to reach Greece drowned Wednesday when two boats sank in Turkish waters, the Turkish coastguard and media said, as an image of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore sparked horrified reactions on social media.

The Turkish coastguard said in a statement that two boats had sunk after separately setting off from Turkey's Bodrum peninsula for the Greek Aegean island of Kos early Wednesday.

02 Sep 2015 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 9/2/2015 - 13:18 GMT

by Katy Lee with Peter Murphy in Budapest

Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on Wednesday, piling further pressure on increasingly divided European nations as they struggle to cope with the unprecedented influx.

Fresh protests also erupted in Hungary, a key transit point for the huge numbers of people trekking up from Greece through the Balkans in search of a new life in northern Europe.

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

01 Sep 2015 description
report Voice of America

VOA News
Last updated on: September 01, 2015 2:35 PM

The International Organization for Migration said Tuesday that more than 350,000 migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, fleeing turmoil and poverty in the Mideast and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan

01 Sep 2015 description

Information Bulletin
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Turkish Red Crescent Society responded to the emergency using its own capacity and determined that international assistance was not required during the initial response. Hence, no funding or other assistance from partners have been provided at this point in time.

31 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

LESVOS, 31 August 2015 (IRIN) - Two seasonal migrations are taking place in Greece’s eastern Aegean islands. One is welcomed as the lifeblood of the local economy. The other is part of an escalating humanitarian crisis on Europe’s eastern flank.

Air terminals and ferry ports are packed with holidaymakers wearing minimal clothing in the sweltering heat.

At the same time, every day, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people land on Lesvos’ northern beaches wearing all they possess in the world.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Monday 8/31/2015 - 03:06 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

European Union leaders on Sunday called for action to defend the "dignity" of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc's eastern borders over the escalating crisis.

Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and "strengthen the European response" to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency.

31 Aug 2015 description

GENÈVE, 26 aout (HCR) – Le chef du HCR, António Guterres, a réitéré mercredi la nécessité de protéger les réfugiés fuyant vers l'Europe en les protégeant contre les passeurs et en créant un système efficace pour leur permettre de demander l'asile en toute légalité.

30 Aug 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 17:11 GMT |

Three policemen, a 12-year-old boy and three Kurdish rebels died Sunday in continuing violence in Turkey's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, a local security source said.

Two policemen were shot dead by gunmen in the centre of the provincial capital Diyarbakir while a third was killed in Silopi in the neighbouring Sirnak province.

30 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

DIYARBAKIR, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A child and a police officer were killed in two separate attacks in Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey on Sunday following the breakdown of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish militants, security sources said.

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