1,970,149 Syrian refugees have sought protection in neighbouring countries, including more than one million refugee children.
In collaboration with government counterparts, UN agencies and partners, UNHCR is updating its contingency plan in refugee-hosting countries in light of recent events.
Humanitarian response partners are prioritizing winterization plans, including the provision of plastic sheeting, stoves, fuel vouchers, blankets and other needed items.
Iraq - An estimated 47,000 Syrians have crossed into Kurdistan Region since 15 August 2013. The severe heat along with access to adequate shelter, food, water and sanitation continue to be among the most critical concerns among the new arrivals.
Lebanon - The volatile security situation across the country continue to impact programmes and hinder humanitarian access to some areas, mainly in northern Bekaa and Wadi Khaled.
In this issue (22-28 August 2013):
- Iraq: Responding to 47,000 new arrivals, p.2
- Egypt emerging trend: Increasing requests for file closures, p.2
- One million refugee children, p.3
- Governments and partners working together to ensure access to education, p.3
- Shelter: New camps and improved measures to serve the most vulnerable, p.4
- Refugee Voices: DRC’s response for new arrivals in Lebanon, p.4