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Syria Kurds flood into Turkey, fleeing IS jihadists

by Bulent Kilic

TURKEY-SYRIA BORDER, September 20, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the jihadist Islamic State group, as Kurdish and opposition officials called for international help.

The massive influx came as 49 Turks kidnapped by IS jihadists in Iraq in June were freed and returned to Turkey for emotional reunions with their families.

On Saturday, Turkey's deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said at least 45,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country.

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Yemen clashes ground planes, close schools

09/20/2014 14:40 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, September 20, 2014 (AFP) - Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second straight day Saturday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Forces allied to the government have been battling to halt Shiite rebels who have swept into Sanaa from their stronghold in the rugged northwestern mountains.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 19 September 2014

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM continued to monitor the non-use of weapons provision of the Minsk Protocol, noting sporadic shelling around Donetsk and Mariupol cities, and in an area west of Luhansk city. Elsewhere in Donbas, however, calm prevailed, most notably in Luhansk city, where, in addition to a cessation of violence, normal services are beginning to be restored.

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Noon Briefing Media Headlines – Friday, September 19

The Iraqi Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, successfully concluded a mass polio immunization campaign in all 18 governorates on Thursday, immunizing millions of children across the country.

The five-day campaign which was conducted between 14 and 18 September is part of an ongoing national response to the re-emergence of the polio virus in Iraq earlier this year and comes at a time when the number of children displaced by ongoing conflicts continues to increase.

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 54 (as of 18 September 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 3.1 million people have been reached with humanitarian assistance.

  • Malaria was increasing with the highest incidence in Renk and Malakal, both in Upper Nile State.

  • There was increased insecurity in parts of Jonglei, Lakes, and Upper Nile States - as well as in the area around Bentiu, Unity State.

Situation overview

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pakistan: Daily Emergency and Response Situational Information Report, 19 September 2014

Update includes the following:

Sindh Updates ............................................................................................................................................... 1

Sindh Safe Evacuation Updates by NDMA as of 19-9-2014 ................................................................ 1

Updates on Flood Situation in Sindh as of 16-9-2014......................................................................... 2

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Lebanon + 2 others
UNICEF Announces US$ 300,000 to the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme

Beirut

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme in Lebanon with a generous new donation of US$ 300,000 to address the urgent needs of children with disabilities. This amount is in addition to the US$ 80,000 that UNICEF has already contributed to the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme as part of its pledge to ensure a better life and future for Palestine refugee children in Lebanon.

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UN agencies ‘shocked and saddened’ by vaccination deaths in Syria

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UN News Service

19 September 2014 – Some 15 children died and 50 others were reportedly affected by a contaminated measles vaccination in Idlib, Syria, according to the United Nations.

“How this could have physically happened is unclear. It is not the first time, but is, nonetheless, the biggest tragic incident of that kind,” Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists in Geneva today.

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Protection of civilians weekly report | 9-15 September 2014

Key issues

  • One man killed amidst a general decline in clashes across the West Bank

  • 11 structures demolished in Area C, displacing 14 Palestinians

  • Four Palestinians, including two children, died of wounds from the conflict in the Gaza Strip

  • Rafah Crossing remains open but travel is restricted

  • Resumption of Gaza Power Plant pending fuel supply

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #54 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Efforts to improve living conditions continue at the UNMISS protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu town, Unity State

  • Health actors are responding to an increase in the number of reported cases of kala-azar disease in endemic areas of the country

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Ensuring quality education for young refugees from Syria : Mapping exercise on quality education for young refugees from Syria (12-25 years)

The Syrian crisis has uprooted the largest number of refugees in recent history. Half of the refugee population are children and young people forced to flee from home and rebuild their lives not knowing if or when return may be possible. It is clear that the initial emergency relief initiatives for Syria’s refugee crisis must now evolve to develop longer-term strategies. This mapping exercise focuses in on refugee youth education, a crucial yet often overlooked element in Syria’s humanitarian response. This report addresses the educational status of refugees from Syria aged 12-25 years.

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Ukraine: Situation report No.12 as of 19 September 2014

Highlights

· The long outstanding IDP legislation was not adopted by Parliament on 16 September. The next parliamentary session to review the draft law is scheduled for 14 October. This is a major setback in terms of initiating standardized registration procedures and facilitating IDP access to Government services and humanitarian assistance.

· The UN Resident Coordinator led a high-level donor mission to Kharkiv, Sloviansk and Sviatohirsk from 17 – 19 September to highlight priority needs and response.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Guatemala: Dengue - DREF Final Report

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Summary: 129,671 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 9,500 beneficiaries.

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Pakistan’s state of Punjab makes fortification mandatory

GAIN’s work in improving nutrition in Pakistan received a massive boost today with the announcement that the state of Punjab is making the fortification of wheat flour mandatory.

This success comes as a result of the Punjab Food Authority, part of the Government of Punjab, approving standards for wheat flour fortification.

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Iraq + 4 others
Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6 - Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA airlifts approximately 54 metric tons (MT) of relief commodities from its warehouse in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the city of Erbil

  • U.N. has expended approximately $308 million of the $500 million the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had pledged to the Iraq response in June

  • Iraqi refugee caseloads continue to increase in Jordan and Lebanon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Bringing Education to South Sudan, One Village at a Time

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Voice of America

Karin Zeitvogel

More than three years ago, President Salva Kiir pledged to build schools in all of South Sudan's 10 states within 100 days of independence.

That has not happened, says former "Lost Boy" Michael Kuany. So Kuany has taken things into his own hands.

Around seven years ago, Kuany went back to his village in Jonglei state and asked the people there what he could do to help them. He expected them to ask for food. They asked for something else.

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Iraq + 2 others
Geographical Divide in Maternal Health for Syrian Refugees

By Shelly Kittleson

DOHUK, Iraq, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - At the largest refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, young Syrian mothers and pregnant women are considered relatively lucky.

The number of registered Syrian refugees surpassed 3 million in late August, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (over 1.1 million), Turkey (over 800,000), and Jordan (over 600,000). In all of the above, serious concerns have been expressed about the availability of healthcare services for expectant mothers.

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Liberia + 12 others
Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Appeals (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Africa Coordination) - Emergency Appeal Operation Update No 1

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Summary
To help National Societies combat the unprecedented Ebola outbreak affecting West Africa, IFRC has launched large-scale international Emergency Appeals in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Additionally, it is supporting smaller preparedness and response operations financed under the IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Central African Republic, Senegal, Chad and Gambia.1