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Syria crisis: UN launches record $6.5bn aid appeal
BBC, 17/12/2013
The United Nations has announced it's biggest ever appeal, seeking $6.5bn (£4bn; 4.7bn euros) for humanitarian aid to Syria. The UN estimates nearly three-quarters of Syria's 22.4 million population will need humanitarian aid in 2014. ...
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Record sum needed to handle burden on Lebanon from Syria's civil war
CNN, 17/12/2013
The government of Lebanon cried out to the world for help Monday over the strain the civil war in neighboring Syria is putting on its country. It needs a record amount of cash. The exodus of people fleeing lives and homes ripped apart by bombs and bullets for the safety of Lebanon does not want to abate. Aid workers from 60 agencies need more money than ever to tackle the mounting humanitarian crisis....
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Days Away From Home
The Daily Star, 19/12/2013
Known in Lebanon for her award-winning Web drama series “Shankaboot,” Saleh is the founder and director of Beirut-based production company Batoota films, which specializes in Internet content and has produced humanitarian documentaries for a number of international organizations. Her new project is funded by the EU and UNHCR...
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Hundreds of Syrian families flee into eastern Lebanon
UN News Centre, 25/11/2013
Speaking to journalists in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the families arrived on 20 November, forced to flee fresh violence in Nabek and Yabroud. The WFP is working closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to ensure that individuals have quick access either to food parcels or electronic vouchers to buy their choice of food products without having to move to a distribution point....
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Hundreds of Syrian families flee into eastern Lebanon
UN News Centre, 25/11/2013
Speaking to journalists in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the families arrived on 20 November, forced to flee fresh violence in Nabek and Yabroud. The WFP is working closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to ensure that individuals have quick access either to food parcels or electronic vouchers to buy their choice of food products without having to move to a distribution point....
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Where are Syria's refugees going?
The Economist, 04/12/2013
IT IS not difficult to see why António Guterres, the head of the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) describes Syria as a "calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history". More than 2.2m Syrians, or about a tenth of the population, are registered as refugees. Half of them are under the age of 18. On some days 6,000 cross the borders. Many more flee without registering. And more are likely to come, as the approaching winter makes life harder for the 6.5m Syrians displaced internally. That means that some 40% of the population are not living at home. Where do they all go?...
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WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry Visits Syrian Refugees In Beirut
Reuters, 04/12/2013
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry has visited Syrian refugees in Beirut as part of her efforts to draw attention to the plight of more than two million Syrians who fled violence to neighbouring countries ...
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UN to world: 'Open your doors to Syrians
Anadolu Agency, 02/12/2013
The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR's Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor has called on nations to open their borders and ease visa requirements to accommodate Syrian shelter-seekers, warning of a lost generation should they fail. Refugee protection is an international responsibility, Batchelor told AA, describing plans to help regional host countries and ask for funds globally. The number of Syrian refugees has exceeded 2.2 million, half of them children, as fighting in the war-torn Middle Eastern country approaches the third year mark. "We are appealing to all states in the world, instead of looking at how to protect their borders, they should be looking at how to protect persons who need their support and assistance," Batchelor said. "The magnitude of the need inside Syria is really of enormous concern." The conflict between Bashar al-Assad's regime and its oppone...
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UNHCR praises Turkey's leadership, seeks int'l support on Syrian refugees.
Today's Zaman, 06/12/2013
Refugee protection is the responsibility of the entire global community, not only Turkey or other neighboring countries, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Turkey Carol Batchelor has said. “We need a more robust response from the international community to help us address the challenges of refugees,” said Batchelor. She said Turkey has been unwavering in its commitment to refugees' protection as the numbers continue to grow. Turkey hosts over 500,000 registered Syrian refugees, and over 200,000 of these are in various refugee camps. Thus, over 300,000 registered refugees are living outside of the camps. With its 900-kilometer border with Syria, Turkey has said it will maintain its "open door" policy to those fleeing the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011, although it has closed the border crossings from time to time followin...
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UN warns of damage to Syria’s children
the Irish Times, 30/11/2013
The report, The Future of Syria – refugee children in crisis, was published yesterday under the names of Antonio Guterres, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, UNHCR special envoy. It is based on research carried out between July and last month. ...
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