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Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know

Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know
“The children of Syria have experienced more hardship, devastation, and violence than any child should have to in a thousand lifetimes,” says Dr. Christine Latif, World Vision’s response manager for Turkey and northern Syria. World Vision staff in the region say the situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it. World Vision has worked in Aleppo governorate since 2013. “Civilians have been continually in harm’s way, caught in the cross-fire and changing front lines. Civilian infrastructure has been targeted, leading to mass civilian casualties, including women and children,” says Angela Huddleston, program manager for the organization’s Syria response. Angela says with high levels of civilian casualties, stores of medical supplies are being depleted rapidly. World Vision plans to increase its response in Aleppo, she says. Vital supplies and services are in short supply in Syria and in surrounding countries where more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled.

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The Right to Education Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty. Normative instruments of the United Nations and UNESCO lay down international legal obligations for the right to education. These instruments promote and develop the right of every person to enjoy access to education of good quality, without discrimination or exclusion.

WHAT’S IN MY BAG? – Uprooted – Medium This year, nearly 100,000 men, women and children from war-torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have fled their homes and traveled by rubber dinghies across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece. Refugees travel light, for their trek is as dangerous as it is arduous. They are detained, shot at, hungry. Fifty Largest Refugee Camps Hagadera Camp, Dadaab. Photo UNHCR/B.Heger The legacy of the world’s conflicts can be seen in the scores of camps for refugees around the world. Life in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan’s fourth biggest city Za’atari refugee camp hosts around 80,000 Syrians who have been forced to flee the war in Syria. More than half of these refugees are children. The size of the camp, now Jordan’s fourth biggest city, is presenting huge challenges for infrastructure. Children outside an Oxfam facility in the Za’atari camp, where we are campaigning for a permanent water and sewage systems.

Boko Haram Victims Trade Sex for Food Located in the capital and largest city of Borno state, the Bakassi camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) is suffering from a lack of aid, which is driving many females to desperate acts, notes the news agency, citing the medical charity International Medical Corps (IMC) and Nigerian research group NOI Polls. “At times, the food is not enough so the women resort to giving themselves for food and money,” Hassana Pindar of the IMC, which runs support centers for women in the camps, told the news agency. Boko Haram’s primary stronghold is located in the Sambisa Forest, which covers parts of the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Kano. “Aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced in Borno State,” points out Reuters.

Behind the fences of Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp - Al Arabiya English In the early hours of the morning, the one-hour-long journey to Zaatari refugee camp from Jordan’s capital Amman began. Unlike other greener, more scenic parts of Jordan, Zaatari, located around 30 miles south of the Syrian border, is surrounded by barren desert. A Jordanian army tank guarded by a soldier is seen by the gate of the camp as we drive into the first checkpoint, where the car is inspected. As we continue to drive to the second checkpoint and the main entrance to the camp, we begin to see the grand scale of the refugee settlement, as thousands of off-white tents appear in the distance. Fenced off with barbed wire and a low brick barricade, the camp reflects the severity of the ongoing Syrian conflict, which has caused close to 5 million to flee the country. One of many, the camp was opened in 2012 in response to the high influx of Syrians who fled the violence and trauma of their country’s conflict, which began in March 2011.

Threshold Concepts: Liminality References Cousin, G. (2006a), An introduction to threshold concepts, Planet No 17, December 2006, pp 4-5. [ last accessed 25 June 2008] Cousin, G. (2006b) Threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge and and emotional capital: an exploraton into learning about others in: Overcoming Barriers to Student Understanding: threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge, edited by Jan H. Education in the Second Largest Refugee Camp in the World UNICEF report highlights Syrian children’s struggles to continue their education “I have told other girls my age that they should go to school in the camp, otherwise they will lose a year. Some have registered at the school, but they are not going to class anymore.