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Iraq + 2 others
Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: Islamic state’s systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq


The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS)has carried out ethnic cleansingon a historic scale in northern Iraq .

Amnesty International has found that the IS has systematically targeted non - Arab and non - Sunni Muslim communities, killing or abducting hundreds , possibly thousands , and forcing more than 830,000 other s to flee the areas it has captured since 10 June 2014.

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UNICEF Delivers Emergency Aid to Children in Amerli, Iraq

Erbil, 2 September, 2014 – In response to a break in the two-month long siege of Amerli, UNICEF has delivered 45 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for the estimated 3,000 children, women and their families who have been trapped in dire conditions.

“UNICEF supplies are on the ground, and we will do everything in our power to bring relief to the children, women and families who have endured so much tragedy,” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative. “While this delivery was the first, more assistance is following immediately from the humanitarian community in Iraq.”

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Handicap International to expand its humanitarian operations

29th July, Gaza crisis

More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza over the last 20 days, three quarters of whom were civilians. The use of explosive weapons in heavily populated areas constitutes a serious violation of international humanitarian law. Handicap International’s team in Gaza, which witness the devastating effect of these strikes on civilians on a daily basis, is preparing to extend its humanitarian relief effort over the coming weeks.

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In pictures: Healing through play after China earthquake


29 August 2104: View the slideshow and see how more than 200 children affected by the earthquake in China’s Yunnan Province now have safe spaces to play, learn and develop thanks to Plan’s emergency response.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake on 3 August caused widespread devastation – destroying houses, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands injured. Vital support

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Iraq + 1 other
When can I go home?

War Child UK

Mark Bradshaw is War Child UK’s Programme Development Coordinator for Asia/Middle East. He visited Erbil this month to help our team there start a project and assist in identifying children's needs across the region.

It’s only been a few weeks since the extreme IS violence displaced hundreds of thousands of families across Iraq.

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CAR Crisis IOM Regional Response Situation Report 12 - 25 August 2014


CAR: 2,000 new IDPs were registered by IOM in Kabo and Moyen Sido as a result of displacement from clashes in Batangafo and surrounding areas.

CHAD: On 21 August, IOM relocated 301 returnees and 160 CAR-claiming nationals from Sido transit site to Maigama temporary site.

CAMEROON: On 18 August, IOM provided evacuation assistance to 319 Chadian migrants from Kentzou and Garoua Boulai to return to Chad.

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Thailand + 7 others
Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

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UNICEF Mobilizes Disadvantaged Communities and Generates Demand for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices

By: Fatima Shahryar

Dera Ismail Khan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Village Chandna is a small rural settlement about 100 kilometres from the city of Dera Ismail Khan (D.I. Khan) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It has a population of nearly 900 people living a disadvantaged life as they neither have a school for their children, nor a health facility for even the basic healthcare services.

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Humanitarian response to the Syria crisis July 2014


This document provides an overview of Australia's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.


The Syrian conflict is the biggest humanitarian, peace and security crisis facing the world today. Intensified fighting and a deteriorating humanitarian situation continue to cause massive people flows within Syria and into the region.

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Gaza Situation Report 55, 01 September 2014


Almost one quarter of UNRWA school buildings (156) continue to serve as collective centers. 55,086 IDPs – Palestine refugees and non-refugees – continue to take shelter in 36 UNRWA schools.


Past 24 hours: The situation in Gaza remains calm.


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Iraq + 1 other
Education Cannot Wait: Education on the Brink in Iraq

Iraq is facing an unprecedented humanitarian emergency. A surge of violence in recent months between government forces and armed groups has resulted in the displacement of 1.5 million people from central Iraq to other parts of the country, especially to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 17 million people in Iraq have been affected. Over 500,000 IDPs are estimated to be of school‐going age (4‐17 years). The new academic year starts in September and all children should be going back to school.

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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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With rebels at the door, Ukrainian children start school

09/01/2014 19:35 GMT

by Nicolas GAUDICHET

VOLNOVAKHA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem?" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students.

It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine."

But as the crowded classrooms in this school in eastern Ukraine go to show, there is little unity to be found outside the school walls.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - around 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people without a home.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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From one mother to the other: Yemeni women tackling malnutrition


With malnutrition costing the lives of over 1.3 million Yemeni children every year, the solution ought to stem from within. That is why the efforts of our partner, International Medical Corps, training volunteers on the ground who then educate their own communities about how to tackle this problem, is essential.

Dr. Doah Kutbi Omer Kutbi tells us about the experiences of Ekhlas, a highly-motivated volunteer from the Lahij Governorate, in the south of the country.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
WHO Afghanistan Monthly Programme Update:August 2014


  • Around 16,177 families displaced from Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency have been assessed in Khost prov-ince and necessary assistance has been provided by humanitarian agencies. In Paktika province, 6,333 families who fled the conflict have been assessed and assisted

  • In addition to vaccination activities at border entry points, mop-up, subnational and national polio immun-ization campaigns were conducted in the southeastern region targeting all children under 5

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South Sudan + 3 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep 25 – 31 August 2014


South Sudan: Peace is in sight as warring leaders sign ceasefire deal.

Ethiopia: IOM has moved a total of 171,794 refugees from both Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions, since December 2013.

Uganda: IOM has supported 2,897 households with WASH sensitization and latrine construction.

Sudan: IOM has tracked and registered 47,008 South Sudanese Refugees since the onset of the crisis.


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Innovative campaigns in Nigeria help Africa edge closer to polio eradication

The final frontiers to polio eradication in Nigeria are being addressed through an increased focus on immunization in border settlements.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Syrian Refugee Response: Lebanon Inter-Agency Update, 29 August 2014


  • The number of Syrian refugees registered in the region crossed the 3-million mark on 29 August. 1,175,000 are in Lebanon;

  • The number of children enrolled in non-formal education in 2014 reached 48,651;

  • 23,000 primary and secondary healthcare consultations were provided;

  • 51 per cent of registered Syrian refugees have benefited from shelter support as of this month;

  • 1,900 Syrian refugees accessed food in Arsal.

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Philippines: Zamboanga Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 Aug 2014)

On 9 September 2013 in Zamboanga city in Western Mindanao, fighting broke out between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The fighting lasted three weeks leaving at least 140 people dead, over 10,000 houses completely destroyed and more than 120,000 people forcibly displaced during the height of the conflict.

One year later, over 24,000 people are still in evacuation centres and transitional sites, mainly from the minority Moro ethnic group.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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