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Iraq + 1 other
The Child Soldiers Of Islamic State

This week, Islamic State (IS) group social-media accounts circulated an image of a young boy of perhaps 12 or 13 years old. Clad in a black balaclava with the phrase "la ilaha illallah" (there is no god but Allah) printed in white -- just as it is on the all-too-familiar IS black flag -- the child, Abu Usama al-Salafi, raises his index finger in a self-conscious pose.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: Education

KEY FACT OF THE MONTH

The 2014/15 school year started despite pending enrollment of Syrian refugees

HIGHLIGHTS:

In September, the 2014-15 school year commenced in Lebanon. A total of 6,105 children have enrolled, the majority being PRS and PRL enrolled in UNRWA schools and a handful of affected Lebanese. Syrian refugee children have not enrolled yet and are awaiting decisions from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE).

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School Children in Malawi Receive Sanitation Facilities and Hygiene Education

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Africare

Africare/Malawi’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene project has brought sanitation facilities as well as hygiene education to hundreds of school children in the Mulanje district. In addition, at this moment, three rural schools have benefited from the establishment of three freshwater boreholes, and two more schools from well repairs. School staff and children have rejoiced with the supply of this dependable source of fresh water.

These efforts help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

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Katanga: More efforts are necessary - A report on humanitarian response and the remaining challenges in DRC’s Katanga Province

BETWEEN INSTABILITY AND A PRECARIOUS LULL

After years of calm, Katanga has become a powderkeg, like other provinces in the eastern part of the DRC. With some 580,000 internally displaced people and about 300,000 returnees since March 2013, Katanga is, after the two Kivus, the third most affected province by displacements.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Katanga: Encore plus d’effort pour sortir de la crise - Rapport sur la réponse et les défis humanitaires dans la province cuprifère congolaise

ENTRE INSTABILITÉ ET ACCALMIE PRÉCAIRE

Apres quelques années d’accalmie, le Katanga est redevenu depuis le dernier trimestre 2011, une poudrière à l’instar d’autres provinces de la partie orientale de la RDC.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Supporting internally displaced teachers: Key to achieve global education in Iraq

With the aim to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq and guarantee their basic right of access to quality education, UNESCO Office for Iraq organized two roundtables in Baghdad and Erbil to discuss the main challenges facing teachers in IDP communities, and identify opportunities for them to be the leading players in ensuring education for all.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Special Focus - Lebanon : Is the Syrian crisis jeopardizing the economy and food security in Lebanon? October 2014

Highlights

  • The crisis in Syria has had an immense impact on Lebanon, because of the economic slowdown and the arrival of over 1.5 million refugees.

  • The economic slowdown, demonstrated by a sharp decrease in annual growth from almost 10 percent pre-crisis to 1 to 2 percent in 2011–2014, is a result of high insecurity, disrupted trade and the declining consumer and investor confidence.

  • The influx of refugees is particularly evident in the housing and labour markets and in the availability and quality of public services.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan: humanitarian workers return to a glimmer of hope despite floods in Maban

Maban, 30 October 2014 — As the World Food Programme (WFP) flight evacuated 240 humanitarian workers from four camps in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Pau Vidal SJ remembers looking down at a crowd of refugees congregated on the airstrip. The evacuation came after violence erupted in Maban county in August, killing five humanitarian workers and an unknown number of civilians.

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Syria Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA)

INTRODUCTION

After nearly four years of conflict, Syria is still the most complex humanitarian emergency in the world. 6.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in at least one sector. The Syria Multi Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA) estimates that 4.8 million people are internally displaced out of a current total population of 15 million in the assessed areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Matambanadzo builds bright future

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The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.

Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).

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Zimbabwe + 6 others
UNHCR and WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Tongogara Refugee Camp, Zimbabwe

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.

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Govt to mainstream disaster reduction in education

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New Vision

By Francis Kagolo

The education ministry, with the help of UN education agencies, has embarked on a process to mainstream conflict and disaster risk reduction in the various school curricula.

The move also aims at ensuring that students are taught to be peaceful and school facilities like buildings are resistant to disasters like lightning and strong winds.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Monthly Report September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

●Ongoing assessments of the impact of the July- August conflict reveals that 29 per cent of Gaza’s housing stock has been affected and 100,000 people remain displaced in collective shelters or with host families.

●Although extensive repairs have restored 70 to 80 per cent of the water and sanitation network in Gaza to pre-conflict conditions, significant constraints still impair the delivery of these services.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Ten Schools within Bandarawsela Education Zone closed until Nov.3

Ten schools within the Bandarawela Education Zone will be kept closed until Monday (Nov.3) following the adverse weather conditions. Bandarawela Zonal Director Ariyadasa Ratnayake said that among the schools are those which are sheltering the displaced families.

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Restoring Hope to Palestine Refugee Community in Syria

Syria

UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus. The Alma-Yarmouk School has been closed since the conflict forced the majority of the camp’s 25,000 residents to seek refuge in safer areas. Although it was severely damaged by the intense armed exchanges, the school is now a symbol of UNRWA efforts to restore services to Palestine refugees in Qabr Essit.

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Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing Syria crisis - UN relief official

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UN News Service

Rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground.

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Madagascar + 1 other
Minister Paradis Announces Canada’s Support for World Food Programme’s School Feeding Program in Madagascar

Canada’s leadership is helping to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition, improve learning, and increase school attendance

October 29, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada's continued support for the Madagascar school feeding program of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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Iraq + 2 others
Displaced children need hope

With support from German Development Ministry, UNICEF reinforces support for refugee children

27.10.2014 |