Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on 25 January to respond to the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in the town of Kobane. The new camp, located in the southeastern border town of Suruc will have the capacity to house up to 35,000 people. The facility has two hospitals, seven medical clinics, enough bathrooms and sanitation facilities to service all of the refugees and classrooms for 10,000 children. Another camp is set to open in Mardin next month.
BEIRUT, Jan 30 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has launched a project entitled "The Ninth Loaf of Bread" to help feed the displaced Syrians living in makeshift shelters nationwide in Lebanon.
This move was made in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross.
"At least 6,000 Syrian families living in the areas of Tripoli, Akkar, Beqaa and Sidon will benefit from this project over a month," Dr. Musaed Al-Enezi, KRCS' envoy in Lebanon, told KUNA in a statement on Friday.
BEIRUT, 30 January 2015 – A top European humanitarian official visited a public school in Lebanon, supported by European Union funding through UNICEF. The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Mr. Christos Stylianides, accompanied by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon Mrs. Annamaria Laurini, visited the intermediate public school in Geitawi, Beirut today.
"I am sorry but the medication you see is not for you, it is for the Syrian refugees", says a Lebanese nurse with a shrug, and waves the Lebanese patient away. Loud protest and raised voices fill the room.
Until recently this has been a common situation in healthcare centres across Lebanon, which are struggling to deal with the effects of the Syrian crisis. Supplies are short and medication for the Syrian refugees is more regularly in stock than that for the locals.
Last October, Suzy McIntyre travelled to Lebanon to visit Syrian refugees who have been facing a number of struggles after being displaced by the 4 year war. Now, these same refugees face another challenge – freezing weather conditions.
By Suzy McIntyre, Humanitarian Programs Coordinator
Last Sunday evening, I received an email just before midnight from our Caritas partner, Michelle Ryan of CRS (Caritas USA), in the Middle East.
SECRETARY-GENERAL | PRESS RELEASE
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the serious deterioration of the security situation in southern Lebanon and violations of the cessation of hostilities and resolution 1701 (2006). A rocket attack on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) patrol killed two IDF soldiers and injured others; the attack was claimed by Hizbullah. The Israel Defense Forces retaliated.
With the humanitarian situation worsening every day, growing numbers of people inside Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of assistance. The European Union is increasing its assistance to the Syria crisis by €136 million in humanitarian funding, half of which will go to needs inside Syria via cross-border assistance from neighbouring countries, and the other half to Syrian refugees and host communities in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
In Egypt, RRP partners continued the implementation of the socio‐economic assessment, with interviews being carried out in Greater Cairo and preparations underway for the start of interviews in Alexandria and Damietta. Training was also carried out on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Livelihoods for 16 caseworkers from partner agencies implementing the graduation project. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, almost 550 individuals had been employed and 370 supported to start a business.
March 2015 will mark the fourth anniversary since the beginning of the crisis in Syria. More than 1 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon. In a visit to the refugees in the country, our colleague Caroline Gluck met Abd and his family. Abd has lost everything from the conflict, but with help from humanitarian organisations he has found shelter and started to rebuild his life again.
In Egypt, 97,312 beneficiaries were reached with food assistance in November, with more than USD 2.7 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers during the month.
Projects to enhance social cohesion take on a wide variety of forms across the region. In Egypt, the Outa Hamra (Red Tomatoes) Troupe, composed of Egyptian, Syrian, and European artists, gave a performance during October on personal stories and songs from different cultures to a large audience from the Syrian and Egyptian communities. The troupe’s performances are part of a Community Support Project (CSP) which aims to engage impacted Egyptian communities and refugees from different countries through theatre and other artistic events.