More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict. Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought […]
As Syria’s three-year conflict continues, the country’s healthcare crisis means that the risk of infectious diseases becoming an epidemic is at its highest, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. The study1 describes the crisis as “a public health emergency of global concern” – with vaccine-preventable diseases not only reappearing in Syria but being […]
Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Biden announced $135 million in new U.S. aid for Syrian civilians, including some […]
More than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, with government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, according to a report by Amnesty International. Turkey has been lauded for its swift response to the massive influx of Syrians, but the international […]
The U.N. refugee agency warned Tuesday that a funding shortfall of $58.45 million could leave up to one million Iraqis and Syrians out in the cold this winter. “The shortfall affects our winter preparedness programs… and means that UNHCR is having to make some very tough choices over who to prioritize,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming […]
Lebanon’s interior minister said on Thursday that refugees who have fled from the war in neighboring Syria have become a threat to Lebanon’s security because of the suspicion that many are in fact rebel fighters.
With no safe haven, more than 1,200 Syrian refugees pour into Lebanon daily. Most of them are mothers and children with no idea where they will live. Because Lebanon does not have any refugee camps, the government is concerned that could create a long-term crisis.
Qatar has given $100 million in aid to Syrians stricken by their country’s civil war, Qatar’s state news agency said on Thursday, the first tranche of at least $900 million pledged by Gulf Arab states. Four million people inside Syria need food, shelter and other aid, and more than 700,000 are estimated to have fled […]
The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees revealed in its weekly report that there are more than 283,000 displaced Syrians in Lebanon, National News Agency said on Saturday. “Among these refugees are 185,000 registered with the UNHCR,
Beirut, Lebanon – For many Lebanese, the massive, chaotic influx of Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war is evoking painful memories and real fear. They say the refugees pose far too much of a burden on this fragile nation still recovering from its own civil war — nearly a quarter-century ago. According to the United […]