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15 Nov 2017 description

More than 550,000 refugees made the arduous journey back to their countries of origin in 2016, mainly to countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict and unresolved displacement crises such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. So far in 2017, we have already witnessed a similar trend, with refugees returning home to violent conflict and complex emergencies in Syria, Iraq, northeast Nigeria and Myanmar.

15 Nov 2017 description
report Start Network

by Amrina Rana

Start Network has launched four new “innovation labs” in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, aimed at finding fresh ways to help local communities prepare for disasters.

The move is the first of its kind by NGOs, as the labs will facilitate innovations by people on the ground that are driven by client needs, making the labs more locally driven than many other investments into innovation in the sector. The £10 million programme, jointly managed by Start Network and CDAC Network and funded by UK Aid, will end in March 2019.

15 Nov 2017 description

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three air strikes hit the market west of Aleppo

BEIRUT, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes on a Syrian town in a "de-escalation zone" has risen to 61, a war monitor said on Tuesday, a demonstration of the fragile state of areas set up in attempt to ease the violence.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

15 Nov 2017 description
report BioMed Central



Recent reports have suggested that child marriage among Syrians may be increasing as a result of displacement and conflict. This study sought to gather qualitative data about the factors that promote child marriage practices among Syrian refugees in Al Marj area in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon, where the majority of Syrian refugees have settled in Lebanon. The second aim of this study was to generate recommendations on how to mitigate the drivers and consequences of child marriage practices based on the findings.

14 Nov 2017 description
report REACH Initiative


• The most significant trend was the near doubling of SMEB costs in besieged areas. While SMEB data collected was incomplete due to shortages and consequently the paucity of price data, the sudden increase in the price of key items in the past month is evident.

14 Nov 2017 description

This report is produced by the Shelter Sector Working Group in Jordan in response to the Syria crisis. It shows progresses in project implementation and funding status during the reporting period. It summarizes achievement and challenges and highlights foreseen needs for the next quarter. For the monthly update, please see the Monthly Sector Dashboard at http://scs.raisunhcr.org/dashboards/Shelter.aspx

14 Nov 2017 description


  • UNHCR assistance provided to non-Syrian refugees (not reflected here)

  • 651 additional cases identified, 58% of eligible cases have been blocked. UNHCR blocking of non-targeted cases due w/c 03 Dec.

  • No assistance has been uploaded to RAIS by partners. First tranche of UNHCR assistance uploads due this week.

14 Nov 2017 description

Beirut – IOM, the UN Migration Agency last week (07/11) opened Al Multaqa – Meeting Space, a centre for community building and psychosocial support in Baysariyah, Lebanon, in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs and the municipality of Baysariyah. The centre is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and addresses the psychosocial needs of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities.

14 Nov 2017 description

Argentina es parte de un grupo de países Sudamericanos que ha aceptado el reasentamiento de más refugiados.

CÓRDOBA, Argentina, 10 de noviembre de 2017 (ACNUR) – Tony no tenía idea de lo que le repararía el futuro cuando huyó de su hogar en la ciudad Siria de Homs y llegó a Argentina el año anterior.

El joven de 26 años obtuvo una visa humanitaria bajo el nuevo programa de Argentina para los refugiados sirios. Ahora, él administra un restaurante de comida para llevar que prepara comida del Medio Oriente para los residentes de la ciudad de Córdoba.

14 Nov 2017 description

AMMAN, 13th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has distributed winter aid supplies to about 35 families of Syrian refugees living in 'random' tents in the Al Halabat area in Zarqa, Jordan.

ERC Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi said that the organisation is providing through its annual winter assistance programme relief supplies, which includes food and warm clothes, to refugees during the cold months.

14 Nov 2017 description

Before the Syrian crisis started in 2011, agriculture was a major part of the country’s economy, employing nearly half the population. More often than not, it was also a family business. When a husband passed away, the surviving wife and other family members would chip in to make sure the family could make ends meet.