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Record 33.3 mln people worldwide displaced by conflict

Source : UN Multimedia / 19 May 2014

More than 30 million people globally were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict, according to a new report launched at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday.

The report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), which is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, covers 58 countries.

 

'Nearly 15,000 children killed' in Syria civil war

Source : AA / 18 Apr 2014

A total of 14,629 children were killed in Syrian regime attacks against opposition forces since March 2011, according to a London-based rights group.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said Thursday 2.1 million Syrian children suffer lack of food and health issues, while 1.1 million children live as refugees in neighboring countries.

 

Amid war, world record set in Damascus

Source : AFP / 02 Apr 2014

A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world’s biggest mural made of recycled materials, a rare work aimed at brightening public space in a city sapped by war and sanctions.

The brightly colored, 720-sq meter work was constructed from aluminum cans, broken mirrors, bicycle wheels and other scrap objects and displayed on a street outside a primary school in the center of the Syrian capital.

 

Asylum seekers in Europe reach two-decade high

Source : Reuters / 24 Mar 2014

Nearly half a million people sought asylum in Europe last year, the most in two decades, with the largest number coming from Syrians fleeing civil war, the European Union said on Monday.

 

Four in 10 South Sudanese need aid but violence blocks access - U.N.

By Katy Migiro / Trust.org / 06 Mar 2014

More than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population need emergency assistance such as food or water, the U.N. said, but ongoing battles mean only a minority are within reach.

The conflict in the world's youngest country erupted late last year between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice president Riek Machar. Thousands of civilians have been killed in the violence in the oil-producing nation.

 

One new Syrian refugee ‘born every hour’

Source : Al Arabiya News / 26 Dec 2013

A baby is born to a Syrian refugee family every hour, the United Nations warned on Monday as it launched an appeal to aid Syrian children.

Since the start of the conflict almost three years ago, more than 21,000 Syrian babies have been born as refugees in makeshift camps on the borders of neighboring countries.

 

Surviving "death boat", Syria Palestinians locked up in Egypt

Source : Reuters / 20 Nov 2013

After escaping shelling in Damascus and terrifying bloodshed at sea, 14 month-old Palestinian twin girls are now among hundreds of people living in limbo in grimy Egyptian police stations, with no end in sight to their plight.

Of the 2 million people who fled Syria's civil war, none may have it worse than Palestinians, who have known no other home than Syria but do not have Syrian citizenship and have therefore been denied even the basic rights secured for other refugees.

 

Disaster risk reduction gets only 0.4 percent of aid

By Megan Rowling / 23 Sep 2013

The international community spent $13.5 billion on reducing the risk of disasters in the past two decades, just 40 cents for every $100 of aid, and a tiny amount compared with the $862 billion in disaster losses suffered by developing countries, according to a new study.

The report from the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said funding for disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been concentrated in a small number of middle-income countries, such as China and Indonesia, with many high-risk nations - especially poor, drought-prone states in sub-Saharan Africa - receiving negligible financing.

 

As millions go hungry, Asia battles food waste

By Alisa Tang / 31 Aug 2013

More than half a billion people in the Asia Pacific region suffer from hunger, yet an estimated 42 percent of fruit and vegetables and a fifth of the grains produced here are lost or wasted, U.N. food experts said as they kicked off a campaign to cut the region’s massive food waste and feed its growing population.

“The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” Hiroyuki Konuma, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assistant director-general, said in an FAO statement.

 

Number of Syria child refugees hits one million, UNICEF says

Source : Presstv / 23 Aug 2013

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of child refugees who have fled the turmoil in Syria has reached one million.

“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number. This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Friday.

 
 

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