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UNICEF: 8,000 Syrian children cross the border into neighbouring countries unaccompanied

Source : Middle East Monitor | 21 Feb 2014

While the staff at UN organisations have confirmed that the Syrian child Marwan "did not cross the Jordanian border alone and that he was 20 feet away from his family", UNICEF also revealed that "about 8,000 out of the one million Syrian children who have fled to neighbouring countries have crossed the border alone since the beginning of the crisis."

UN: Syria refugees could reach 3.5 million this year

Source : AP | 08 Jun 2013

The number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries could more than double to 3.5 million by the end of the year, the United Nations said Friday as the global body launched its biggest humanitarian appeal ever.

The UN asked donor countries for $5.2 billion to help alleviate the suffering of millions of people inside and outside Syria who are struggling with the effects of a conflict that has dragged on for more than two years.

A generation ‘traumatized’ in Syria, expert witnesses say

Source : AFP | 20 Mar 2013

Women and children are suffering the worst horrors in Syria, with many subjected to rape and sexual violence in a war that has traumatized a generation of young people, U.S. lawmakers heard Tuesday.

Women and children make up around three-quarters of the four million people who have fled either across the border or within Syria, top U.S. and U.N. officials told a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

Whole generation of Syrian children could be lost: U.N.

Source : Al Arabiya | 13 Mar 2013

A whole generation of Syrian children risks being lost amid the spiraling civil war in the country, the U.N. children’s agency cautioned Tuesday, saying it was in urgent need of funds to address the crisis.

“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict,” UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said in a report published two years to the day after the Syrian conflict began.

Nothing has changed for the Uyghurs!

By Sinan Özdemir | 04 Mar 2013

Afghan people smuggler jailed in Indonesia

By AFP | 20 Feb 2013

An Afghan man who helped organize an Australia-bound boat trip on which 90 asylum seekers drowned was sentenced Wednesday to six years’ jail in Indonesia for people-smuggling.

Prosecutors had earlier this month sought a seven-year term for 20-year-old Dawood Amiri, alias Irfan, who was described by the judge as a middle man in the smuggling operation.

“Dawood Amiri was found legally and convincingly guilty of committing people smuggling crimes,” chief judge Mariana, who goes by one name, told the court.

Moscow planes and warships head to Syria, may evacuate Russians: official

By Al Arabiya with AFP

Russia is sending four more warships to the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said on Tuesday, as the crisis in Syria worsens and Moscow takes measures for a possible evacuation of citizens.

The four landing ships will join an escort ship and smaller vessels that are already on duty in the region, the defence ministry said in a statement to Russian news agencies.

A military source quoted by RIA Novosti said their main task could be taking part in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria.

Former Maldives President Nasheed Takes Refuge at Indian Embassy

By Andrea Germanos | Agencies | 14 Feb 2013

Former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has taken refuge at the Indian Embassy to avoid arrest and has called for the current president to step down.

Nasheed was the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, and championed the cause of climate change.

Describing Nasheed's ousting from power, politics and author Stephen Zunes wrote in Oct. of 2012:

Global conference in Kuwait seeks to raise $1.5 bln for Syrian refugees

By Agencies | 30 Jan 2013

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah pledged $300 million on Wednesday to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict.

Announcing the pledge at an aid donor conference, al-Sabah added that “horrifying reports” of violence had raised questions over the future of Syria and aid efforts had to be redoubled.

Speaking at the conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to all combatants in Syria’s civil war to stop fighting “in the name of humanity.”

20,000 Palestinians flee Syria for ‘horrible’ living conditions in Lebanon: U.N.

By Reuters | 23 Jan 2013

Palestinian refugees who fled Syria’s war to neighboring Lebanon are living up to 20 in a room with no water, fresh air or electricity, the head of the U.N. agency for Palestinians said on Tuesday.

Donors needed to do more to help at least 20,000 Palestinians who have already come in from Syria and more than 200 who join them every day to endure “horrible” conditions, U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters.

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