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ICBL-CMC Newsletter (March 2014)

News from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines - Cluster Munition Coalition

The latest news from ICBL-CMC includes the welcome announcement from Denmark that it has completed destruction of its stockpiled cluster munitions well ahead of the mandated treaty deadline, as well as disturbing reports of recent use of landmines in Crimea and cluster bombs in South Sudan. Also included is ICBL's challenge to states to finish the job as the Mine Ban Treaty turns 15, a spotlight on mine ban advocacy and action in Turkey, and lots more.

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UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 14 April 2014

Highlights

● On 13 April 2014, AFAD - the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Government of Turkey - announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 222,912. AFAD reported that during the period of 09-13 April 2014, a total of 849 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 1,539 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 28 March - 10 April 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than one million Syrian refugees have approached UNHCR for assistance in Lebanon. Refugees from Syria now equal one-quarter of the resident population. The host country has experienced serious economic shocks due to the conflict in Syria, including a decline in trade, tourism and investment and an increase in public expenditures.

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Update: TSF's third year of presence in Syria

TSF has been providing ongoing support to the millions of victims of the conflict as well as Syrian refugee children for more than 2 years. TSF's mission focuses on two priorities:

• Supporting medical teams; • The education of Syrian refugee children.

Below is a summary of the actions performed by TSF in its first 2 years of presence in Syria.

Supporting medical teams

12 hospitals of the most important cities and 2 coordination centres of the Al Salama refugee camp have been connected by TSF since March 2012.

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Turkey + 1 other
Bilal smiles again thanks to music

By Ayberk Yurtsever

ADANA, Turkey, April 2014 – Youth worker Sevgi Biçer first noticed the boy at the opening of Adana Sarıçam Camp’s Child Friendly Space. “He was serious and aggressive, like an adult,” she said. “The other children were painting fabric, while he just walked around, watching.”

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Polio this week - as of 9 April 2014

  • First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days. For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio in a six-month-old boy from northern Baghdad was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March.

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10 April 2014: Syria – Internally Displaced Persons and Syrian refugees in the region

Syrian refugees 2 654 589 (including 19 697 registered in North African countries)

IDPs 6.5 million countrywide (UN estimate , December 2013)

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Syria Crisis Response Updated 7 April 2014

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

  • According to UNHCR 2,649,493 have now fled Syria.

  • More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. In 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day.

  • Children make up 51% of the refugee population. There are now an estimated 1,351,241 refugee children in the region.

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Monthly Summary on Syrian Refugees in Turkey (as of 31 March 2014)

The total registered Syrian refugee population in Turkey stood at 667,496 (34% in camps; 66% outside camps) at the end of March 2014. It should be noted that the biggest contribution to the increase in refugee population since the previous month has been the rapid registration of Syrians outside the camps as facilitated by the introduction of the mobile registration centres at the beginning of the year. Out of the 12 mobile registration units deployed in the field, 8 were fully operational by the end of March and more are yet to be deployed/ operationalised.

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UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 09 April 2014

Highlight

● On 08 April 2014, AFAD - the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Government of Turkey - announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 223,731. AFAD reported that during the period of 07-08 April 2014, a total of 158 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 225 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of individuals killed in the first three years of the Syria crisis surpasses 150,000, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

  • The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) expects below-average harvests in May due to persistent insecurity and drought conditions.

  • U.N. official reports access restrictions continue to impede assistance delivery.

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UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 08 April 2014

Highlights

● On 07 April 2014, AFAD - the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Government of Turkey - announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 223,798. AFAD reported that during the period of 06-07 April 2014, a total of 409 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 252 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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UNHCR Iraq Factsheet Quarter 4 2013

UNHCR in Iraq

UNHCR has been present in Iraq since the 1980s. Working with the Government of Iraq (GoI), UNHCR protects and assists people of concern (PoCs) including refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people, returnees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in all 18 governorates. Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. However, the country has hosted and assisted, with UNHCR’s support, refugees of Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish, and Syrian origin.

Refugees /Asylum Seekers

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UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 07 April 2014

Highlights

● On 05 April 2014, AFAD - the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Government of Turkey - announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 223,641 persons. AFAD reported that during the period of 04-06 April 2014, a total of 880 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 1,509 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 19 March - 1 April 2014

Highlights

  • WFP dispatches food for over 4.1 million people in all 14 Syrian governorates during the March cycle.
    Two inter-agency convoys reach besieged Douma in eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus, for the first time since October 2012, delivering food for 8,000 people.

  • WFP provides assistance for 50,000 people in Al-Hasakeh through unprecedented UN inter-agency convoy across the Turkey border.

  • Worsening security in northern areas of Lebanon restricts access to beneficiaries for WFP and partners.

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April Regional Analysis for Syria - RAS

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Talks allowed for limited humanitarian aid to be delivered to Homs although greater improvement is needed, stresses the first quarterly Regional Analysis of the Syria Conflict (RAS).