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20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP food reaches 60,000 besieged civilians in Homs, Syria.

  • Food deliveries to Al Hasakeh through Nusaybin corridor underway for second consecutive month.

  • WFP supports Government of Lebanon's assistance to vulnerable Lebanese

  • WFP to expand assistance to non-camp refugees in Turkey.

  • Iraq’s Akre and Darashakran camps to transition to voucher assistance.

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Introduction

2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

Turkey: Syrian refugees shot at border with hundreds of thousands destitute

The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

20 Nov 2014 description

Dead Sea, Jordan

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, has said that “the pressures on Palestinians and Palestine refugees are immense and the threats to their lives, livelihoods and future are of such magnitude that hope is needed somewhere on the horizon. Hope”, he added, “in this most unstable region - can only and must be brought about by resolute political action”. He was speaking at the Agency’s Advisory Commission at the Dead Sea, which brings together donor governments and host authorities

20 Nov 2014 description
report CARE

It may not be a circled date on your calendar, but every November 19th we celebrate World Toilet Day.

Good hygiene and sanitation are essential to the health and safety of vulnerable populations, especially during an emergency.

Today, thousands of Syrian refugees are struggling with harsh water and sanitation conditions, especially with the weather becoming colder during the looming winter.

19 Nov 2014 description

MSF has provided comprehensive treatment of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, at the Dar Al-Zahra hospital in Tripoli and four clinics in the Bekaa Valley since 2012. The program was developed in response to the high morbidity rate observed among the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon during the first months of the crisis. To date, more than 50,000 people with chronic illnesses have benefited from free care over two years, confirming the importance of such a program for thousands of people.

19 Nov 2014 description

Beirut

Palestinian refugees arriving in Lebanon from Syria are facing harsh winter conditions in the northern Bekaa Valley, where whole families have little or no means of survival. Today, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Lebanon signed an agreement that will ensure that ICRC winter assistance reaches the Palestine refugees living in the coldest areas of Lebanon. This is the first agreement of its kind between the two organizations.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

On 28 October, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl addressed a conference in Berlin on the Syrian refugee situation, hosted by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his address, Mr. Krähenbühl emphasized the unique vulnerability of Palestine refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries. To read the full speech, please click here.

18 Nov 2014 description

September developments

Institutional support

  • In cooperation with UNHCR and WHO, the Ministry of Public Health launched the Mother and Child Health Care initiative in Rachaya. The initiative capacitates primary health care centres in Rachaya and other locations in Lebanon with full healthcare services for non-insured pregnant women including antenatal and delivery services, in addition to child healthcare and vaccination for children up to two years of age.

18 Nov 2014 description

September developments

  • 27,654 patients received primary health care (PHC) with UNHCR support this month and 4,654 people received life-saving hospital care and support. The most common reason for hospitalization remains maternal care.

18 Nov 2014 description

September developments

  • The municipality of Ardeh (North Lebanon) received from CISP a truck for collecting solid waste. This will ensure an increased capacity for the municipality to keep public spaces clean and the community of over 3,000 Lebanese and 500 Syrian refugees will benefit from improved sanitation conditions.

18 Nov 2014 description

September developments

  • Over 26,011 families (130,056 individuals) have benefitted from shelter assistance in 2014.

  • 137 families received cash-for-shelter in Koura, Batroun, and Tyre, provided by UNHCR in partnership with COOPI and SHIELD.

  • 3,624 refugee families living in informal settlements and unfinished houses in Bekaa, Hasbeya, Tyre, Saida, Jezzine, Chouf, and Aley were provided with weatherproofing kits.