MPs Crispin Blunt, David Jones and Andy Love visited Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees on a Caabu / All Party Parliamentary Jordan Group delegation to Jordan (26 November - 2 December 2014). They spoke of their impressions from the camp.+ More details
Syrian refugees in Athens Greece are staging a protest in front of the country's parliament. Among their complaints are lack of documentation+ More details
Handover ceremony of the Czech humanitarian assistance in south Lebanon: On the occasion of the finalization of a humanitarian project funded by the Czech Republic, on 23th of October a public ceremony took place in the town of Khiyam, south Lebanon. The project aimed at assisting the Lebanese educational system with the necessity of accommodating children of hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees. The Czech Republic is well aware of the problem and, in line with the approach of the Lebanese Government considers the uninterrupted education provided to the children of the refugees as one of the priorities. The project, prepared by the Czech Embassy in Beirut in cooperation with the AGHSAN ASSOCIATION concentrated at the reconstruction / rehabilitation of five public schools in Marjeyoun region in south Lebanon. It included reconstruction of the playgrounds, classes aand toilets and purchase of new power generator, technical educational equipment. http://www.mzv.cz/beirut/en/news_and_events/handover_ceremony_of_the_czech_1.html+ More details
The journey of Adel, and his mother on boats not adequate from the shores of Alexandria to Italy in search of a safe place, away from the hell of war in Syria. Adel and his mother describe how they have been deceived by middlemen, the terrible attitudes of the bandits and criminals smuggling of human beings and their cruelty no less worse than war from which they fled, moments of failure and inevitable death after being deceived by smugglers and forced to climb sets to hundreds of refugees on a boat on the high seas semi destroyed, their survival after they had lost hope.+ More details
Construction project of irrigation canals in Qaa village (lebanese-syrian border), located in a considered as a desert region, affected by the Syrian war. Since the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon has gained momentum the host communities' living conditions have been strained by additional expenditures, inflation, limited job opportunities and loss of income. In Qaa (caza of Baalback - North Bekaa), the refugees come from the neighbouring Syrian villages of Rableh, Qusair, Nizariyah and Homs . Although the impact of the Syrian refugee presence in Qaa puts a strain on the limited resources, it is not all negative. In fact it has a potentially positive effect on the local economy as the presence of skilled Syrian farmers contributes to the dynamism of agriculture, which is the main economic activity, collaborating with the local landowners. But the scope of the cooperation is still very limited because of the restricted irrigation capacity, which has been severely strained by the poor condition of the irrigation channels and the increasing loss and non-beneficial use of water. Thus, the limit imposed on agriculture and husbandry constitutes threats to the short, medium and long-term economic, health and food security of the hosts and of the Syrian refugees. While the need and demand for water in Qaa, from the host community and the refugees, has augmented significantly both in households and in the fields and, in order to build positively on the opportunities that the presence of skilled agricultural workers creates in Qaa, it is vital to address both the problems of the inadequate infrastructure of the irrigation water channels and the social habits and behaviour towards water, hygiene and sanitation.+ More details
"Try to Build a New Life" - Shelters for refugees project @Pilosio Building Peace Award. A film directed by Siba Shakib.+ More details
Syrian refugees cross into neighbouring countries, but a few hundred have landed 7,000 km away in Thailand. Alaa’s time in Damascus was up. Security forces had arrested him twice in 2011 when he was a student in the Syrian capital. He felt lucky to be alive but feared for his family. His father asked friends around the world for help and decided the family would flee to Thailand - a country that granted easy visas, but about which Alaa’s family knew little. In the summer of 2012, Alaa’s mother and two younger brothers boarded a flight for Bangkok. A month later on July 28, 2012, Alaa and his father followed, leaving forever their one-storey, four-bedroom home and all their possessions. Alaa – who asked to be identified by only his middle name – is among hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers that have escaped Syria’s brutal civil war and landed nearly 7,000 km away, here in this tropical Southeast Asian country. More on: trust.org+ More details
The civil war in Syria led to one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history. I want to give a helping hand in South-East Turkey. For that I started a crowdfunding campaign on the platform Start Some Good to finance the three months I will dedicate my work to the fullest to the support of Syrian refugees on the ground.+ More details
This Migration Policy Institute (MPI) panel discussion, in partnership with the Middle East Institute and the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM), examines the status of Syrian refugees abroad and the effect of the ongoing Syrian crisis on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Panelists Oytun Orhan, ORSAM Project Coordinator and Researcher, Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb, Middle East Research Institute Junior Research Fellow, Faysal Itani, Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and Saban Kardas, ORSAM President discuss the experiences of each country as outlined in ORSAM’s report. The project team visited each country and after six months of boots-on-the-ground research, found that women and children account for more than 75 percent of the refugees, making education in particular a devastating issue for the next generation of Syrians. In addition, Syrian emigrants settle not only in camps but also in cities, raising prices and lowering wages all along the Syrian borders. The discussion is moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection Program at MPI. The panel makes the case that because of the heavy financial and social costs, Syrian displacement is not merely a problem for Syria or even the greater Middle East; the destabilization is a global problem requiring significant outreach to the global community. To read the report from ORSAM, click here: www.orsam.org.tr/en/showReport.aspx?ID=2638+ More details
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