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Highlights

· Scale and gravity of humanitarian needs continue to grow.

· Education under threat due, in part, to infrastructural damage and the presence of IDPs in schools.

· Syrian refugees could total 600,000 by the end of 2012 if outflows continue at current rate.

· UN and partners call for redoubling of efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance.

13 Sep 2012 description

This report is produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on its humanitarian response for the crisis in Syria. The summary covers events and activities until 12 September.

HIGHLIGHTS
- Syria: A flight chartered by IOM returned 263 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Damascus to the Philippines on 11 September.

  • Jordan: IOM has started operating in Thnebe, 1km away from the Syrian border, however security conditions are currently hampering operations.

13 Sep 2012 description
report Government of Italy

Rome 13 September 2012

Acting on instructions from Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, the Farnesina has made a voluntary emergency contribution of 250,000 euros for humanitarian initiatives by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The initiatives are intended for the over 80,000 Syrian refugees now in Turkish territory.

The funds will help the Turkish authorities take in the growing flow of Syrian refugees, and bear witness to Italy’s continuing commitment in responding to the dramatic humanitarian emergency caused by the crisis in Syria.

13 Sep 2012 description
report European Union

Further militarisation of the Syrian conflict can only bring greater suffering to the Syrian people, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. It would also have unpredictable implications and consequences for the security and stability of the entire region, they add.

13 Sep 2012 description

BEYROUTH, Liban, 12 septembre (HCR) – Au deuxième jour de leur visite conjointe dans les pays hébergeant des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés syriens, le chef du HCR António Guterres et Angelina Jolie se sont entretenus avec des réfugiés syriens sur leurs difficultés à fuir la Syrie déchirée par le conflit et à trouver un hébergement au Liban.

13 Sep 2012 description

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced Australia will accept an extra 1,000 refugees from Syria.

The increase is part of the higher refugee intake the Government announced recently.

Mr Bowen has told Parliament the 1,000 refugees will include people still in Syria as well as those who have fled the war-torn country.

"Our humanitarian program can never take all or even most of the people in need in Syria or anywhere else," he said.

13 Sep 2012 description

This report covers the period 01/January/2012 to 30/June/2012.

Overview

12 Sep 2012 description

ZA'ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Mafraq, Jordan — As a way to address both health needs and cultural sensitivities, UNFPA is supporting a reproductive health clinic with a female gynaecologist in the Za'atari camp for Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan.

Some 27,000 Syrian refugees are now living in the camp. Many are women who feel more at ease in seeing a female doctor, especially when dealing with reproductive health issues.

12 Sep 2012 description

The Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, has urged Australians to do what they can to help the millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“As Patron of the Australian Red Cross, and as a mother and grandmother, I urge all Australians to do what they can to ease the distress faced by these vulnerable people,” said Ms Bryce.

12 Sep 2012 description

Welcome to this third annual conference to promote humanitarian partnerships and information sharing. It is a great pleasure to be here again.

Thank you to the Government of Kuwait and the IICO for hosting this meeting. And thank you to the Advisory Board of the Effective Partnership and Information Sharing Initiative, who have done such a good job of organizing the conference.

12 Sep 2012 description
report IRIN

BEIRUT, 12 September 2012 (IRIN) - Fewer tourists, lower levels of investment by Gulf states and reduced opportunities for cross-border trade with Syria are adversely affecting Lebanon's most vulnerable people, including the hosts of many of the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Most of the refugees in Lebanon are hosted by private families in areas near the Syrian border in the north and in the Beqa'a Valley.

12 Sep 2012 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon, September 12 (UNHCR) – On the second day of a joint visit to countries hosting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, UNHCR chief António Guterres and Angelina Jolie heard about the difficulties people face in escaping war-torn Syria and the challenges of finding shelter for them in Lebanon.

12 Sep 2012 description

Amman, 12 September 2012 – As the heat of summer fades and the school year recommences, the fate of displaced Syrians remains undecided. During the summer months, as fighting reached unprecedented levels, authorities allowed for tens of thousands of Syrians to take shelter inside schools. Now that the school year is upon us again, the question of what to do with displaced homeless people is on everyone's minds.

12 Sep 2012 description

Syrian civilians have been fleeing violence in their home country and pouring into neighbouring grounds. Despite immense efforts to provide them with humanitarian assistance, there are families in Lebanon who are finding it increasingly harder to sustain themselves. They worry of rent expenses and an approaching winter, known to be harsh in the areas where there’s a heavy presence of Syrian families; the north and the Bekaa Valley. However, at least food is one thing less to worry about.

12 Sep 2012 description
report Medair

Medair sends teams to the Syrian border to bring urgent relief to families fleeing for their lives.

Conflict in Syria has erupted into a full-scale civil war endangering lives in almost every community in the country. Desperate families, caught in the crossfire, are leaving everything behind and fleeing into neighbouring countries.

More than 250,000 Syrians have already fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey. On 11 September 2012, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards commented on the speed of the exodus, calling it “an extraordinary acceleration of this crisis.”

12 Sep 2012 description
report European Union

Strasbourg, 11 September 2012
A 404/12

Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, After 18 months of fighting some 25,000 people have died in Syria's conflict while many more have been injured or made homeless. August has been the bloodiest month since the conflict began, and we have all recognised the appalling human rights violations and the destruction of the country's infrastructure and cultural heritage.

12 Sep 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Melanie Sharpe

AMMAN, Jordan, 11 September 2012 - Maradi pushes her 2 1/2-year-old son Safwan on a swing while holding her 4-month-old daughter Sofian. Safwan’s twin brother Omran is back in their tent with Maradi’s husband.

In a playground full of noisy children, Safwan swings back and forth in silence, squinting against the dust blowing in his face and the scorching afternoon sun.

It’s the family’s fifteenth day at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.

Refugee population soaring

12 Sep 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Karlos Zurutuza

DERIK, Northern Syria, Sep 10 2012 (IPS) - “I want to learn how to read and write in my own language,” says Manal, a young Kurd from Syria. Neither she nor any of Manal’s 30 classmates have ever been so close to achieving their goal.