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Croatia + 5 others
Radio Refugee
report Médecins du Monde

In 2016, Doctors of the World Belgium began providing medical care and psychological counseling to asylum seekers at two centers in Croatia.

Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Iranians are among those living at the centers who have fled due to dire circumstances such as war, persecution and crippling poverty.

In Croatia, our team consists of general health practitioners, nurses, community workers and interpreters who provide primary healthcare check ups and conduct health screenings of newly arrived applicants to ensure their well being and protection.

18 Jan 2018 description

This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).

KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 9 JANUARY 2018)

18 Jan 2018 description

Key figures

  • 795,360 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)

  • 82,548 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)

  • 64,008 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in west Anbar

  • 582,453 Individuals (122,396 households) currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

  • 2,6 million IDPs remain displaced since January 2014

18 Jan 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Throughout Germany, Salesian missionaries operate several projects and facilities for young refugees who have sought asylum and arrived in the country without their family. The goal is to help these youth with their daily lives and assist with finding them a home and employment, along with integrating them into their new communities.

18 Jan 2018 description

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

Just a few months ago, it appeared that the Kurds of Iraq and Syria were the biggest winners in the war against the Islamic State. Bolstered by alliances with the very Western powers that had once betrayed and divided them, they dared to dream that they were on the verge of undoing what they perceived as a historic wrong, when geopolitical maneuvering denied them a state following the end of World War I.

18 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beirut) – Lawless armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) morphed into disastrous trends for the region in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its 2018 World Report.

18 Jan 2018 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 74.

  • The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez - Zor governorate.

  • The first round of the second phase of the outbreak response started in Deir Ez-Zor city and in Hasakah and Homs governorates on 14 January. The round will commence in other parts of Deir Ez-Zor and in Raqqa in the coming days.

Immunization response

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report Voice of America

A Syrian volunteer group has pleaded for immediate help from the international community and aid organizations to help stop the massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, one of the remaining rebel-held areas in Syria.

Regime forces have stepped up their airstrikes and ground operations against rebels in the region in recent weeks. Siraj Mahmood, a spokesperson for the White Helmets rescue group in Eastern Ghouta, told VOA that civilians were being targeted indiscriminately and that the regime was attacking towns and villages with everything it had.

18 Jan 2018 description
report Voice of America

More than a year has passed since Abdulkafi Alhamdo tweeted about what he, his wife, and baby daughter endured during the months-long siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, as cluster and barrel bombs wreaked havoc around them.

“There was a time when I just cried for two days, not for myself but for my family,” he reported, as he described the savage destruction and death he witnessed around him.

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Summary

During December 2017, 17 incidents of violence against health care were reported. Of these, 16 have been verified and one still being verified (in the besieged area). Among the verified attacks, six incidents were reported on hospitals, three in Hama (two in Kafr Zeita and one in Latmana sub districts). two in Idleb (Ma'arrat An Nu'man and Khan Shaykun), while one incident reported on a hospital in Dara.

18 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

JERUSALEM, 17 January 2018

The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees says it is facing “the gravest financial crisis” in its history after the United States announced it was holding back planned funding. But the agency is also promising that services for more than five million people in the Middle East aren’t on the chopping block just yet.

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18 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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