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01 Jul 2015 description

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is being forced to implement deeper cuts in food assistance for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan because of a severe lack of funding.

“Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, we are forced yet again to make yet more cuts,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. “Refugees were already struggling to cope with what little we could provide.”

01 Jul 2015 description
report Kuwait News Agency

ISTANBUL, July 1 (KUNA) - For the third consecutive day Kuwait Society for Relief continued its efforts to provide urgent assistance to the Syrian refugees in Turkey on Tuesday.

General Director of the Kuwaiti Society for Relief Abdulaziz Al-Obaid told KUNA that this aid distribution reached 500 families in Kerk khan area, noting that such aid consist of first aid, food, and financial assistance.

30 Jun 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:04 GMT
Author: Reuters

By Tulay Karadeniz and Daren Butler

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 30 (Reuters) - A top aide of Tayyip Erdogan rejected accusations the Turkish president was ready to pitch the country's armed forces into war in Syria and said any security measures it took would be intended only to secure its southern frontier.

Read the full article on Reuters-AlertNet

30 Jun 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In Syria, between 17 May and 28 May 2015, more than 305,600 children wrote the grade 9 national exam, across 2,310 schools or centers countrywide.

• In Jordan, through UNICEF partners the Makani-My Space integrated approach, offering alternative education, psychosocial support services and life skills training has been implemented in 145 locations nationwide targeting vulnerable children and youth.

26 Jun 2015 description
report IRIN

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - For the past few months, Kobani and the surrounding area have been something of a sanctuary in Syria. Since the withdrawal of self-declared Islamic State from the northern town in January, it had been peaceful. The threat of violence seemed low enough for reconstruction efforts to begin. Foreign aid workers started shuffling in and out. It was seen as a place of relative calm, where the future, at least, looked positive. Not any more.

26 Jun 2015 description
report CARE

This report examines the issue of child marriage in the Syrian context, and what we can learn from our experiences there. It is the first in CARE’s Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Contexts: Critical Issues Series which aims to highlight promising practices and/or gaps in programming, and critically analyse work in the field of gender and protection in humanitarian contexts.

26 Jun 2015 description
report IHH

IHH organized three fun game shows for 350 Syrian orphans as a part of ‘Shall We Play?’ Campaign.

Civilians have been targeted in the civil war going on in Syria. Therefore the number of orphans keeps rising. Currently around six hundred thousand orphans are living in Syria who have many psychological problems.

“Shall We Play?” Campaign

25 Jun 2015 description

The United States today announced more than $360 million in additional life-saving assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This announcement was made by U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice at a White House event marking World Refugee Day. This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $1.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 and over $4 billion since the fighting began in 2011.

25 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The USG announces an additional $360 million in humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis

• Up to 150,000 people remained displaced in Idlib Governorate as of June 11 following increased conflict that began in late March

• Attacks on medical facilities in Syria persist, resulting in the deaths of more than 600 health care personnel since the start of the conflict

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Jun 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

  1. The present report is the sixteenth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

25 Jun 2015 description
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Funding shortage leaves Syrian refugees in danger of missing vital support

AMMAN, Jordan, June 25 (UNHCR) – Humanitarian and development assistance efforts for 3.9 million Syrian refugees and more than 20 million people living in hosting communities in neighbouring countries are in serious danger as a result of a severe funding crisis, the UN refugee agency has warned.

25 Jun 2015 description

At the end of 2014, a wide range of national and international partners launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) to address the most challenging needs of refugees and host communities, as well as the longer-term socio-economic impact from the ongoing crisis in Syria.

As a broad regional platform, the 3RP brings together plans developed under the leadership of the governments of Syria’s neighbours – Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt – which house 98 per cent of the four million refugees resulting from the crisis.

25 Jun 2015 description
report IRIN

By Isabel Hunter

ISTANBUL, 25 June 2015 (IRIN) - Eight international NGOs delivering desperately needed food, blankets and medical aid to war-torn Syria have finally been granted legal status in Turkey after years of deadlocked applications.

Organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Norwegian’s People’s Aid were given the green light in the lead-up to Turkey’s parliamentary elections on 7 June.

25 Jun 2015 description

Leaders at EU Summit must do more to resolve global refugee crisis

A sharp increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International ahead of the EU Summit which starts today.