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03 June 2016

Inter-agency convoy reaches the besieged town of Daraya in Syria delivering life-saving assistance. Photo: WHO/Azret Kalmykov 2016

Aid Reaches Besieged Population in Syria’s Daraya, Moadamieh
Posted on Fri. June-3-2016

Syria - On June 1st international aid reached the besieged town of Daraya in Rural Damascus, Syria for the first time in four years.

Syria Arab Red Crescent (SARC) trucks loaded with UN, ICRC and IOM relief supplies left from Damascus to provide assistance in the besieged areas of Daraya and Moadamieh in Rural Damascus – less than 8 km southwest of Damascus.

The inter-agency convoys delivered critical life-saving assistance. An estimated 4,000 people will benefit from the supplies in Daraya and 22,500 people in Moadamieh.

IOM delivered primary health care equipment and supplies to support the health unit in Daraya, as well as 25 wheelchairs for children and adults. Another 15 wheelchairs and 25 pairs of crutches were sent to Moadamieh.

“Take my child to be fed. I’m willing to give her up,” a father from Moadamieh told IOM staff with the convoy. “We have eaten everything – even the little plants on the side of the streets. The situation has been miserable since the last aid we received (in March 2016).”

“We have no electricity, an acute need for health services and many children are no longer going to school. Child marriages are increasing (for economic reasons),” a local doctor told IOM.

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Maintenance of water pipe networks in Taizz, Yemen. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM Continues to Support Conflict-affected Populations in Taizz, Yemen
Posted on Fri. June-3-2016

Yemen - Ongoing clashes in Yemen’s third largest city, Taizz, continue to expand and affect more people, despite a ceasefire announced in April 2016.

As the conflict rages, IOM has continued to support the affected population with non-food items (NFI), shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance.

Recently IOM completed the rehabilitation of 11 water networks in the districts of Ash Shamayatain, Maqbanah, Al Mokha, Al Mawasit, and Jabal Habashi of Taizz Governorate.

Rehabilitation of these water sites included the installation of five water pumps, installation of water meters, and replacement of old pipes and connectors.

Following completion of the rehabilitation work, IOM trained four community committees (each two people) on the safe operation and maintenance of the rehabilitated water projects, as well as the procedures to calculate daily consumption.

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"This is a global refugee and migration crisis, not just a Syrian crisis." – David Miliband, International Rescue Committee. Read more here.

Migration in the News
  • KCRW interviewed IOM’s Joel Millman on a panel that discussed Europe's efforts to reduce the flow of refugees from Africa and the Middle East and whether the US is doing enough to help ease the problem.

  • Reuters reported that the bodies of at least 85 migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean were found washed up on beaches in western Libya on Thursday, according to the Libyan Red Crescent.

  • Xinhua reported that the number of migrants crossing to Greece from Turkey fell sharply in May after the Turkey-EU deal took effect in late March, according to the Turkish coast guard.

  • Reuters reported comments by French PM Manuel Valls that the European Union needs to work more with African countries to tackle migration flows into Europe.

  • Church Times reported that the UK is at the forefront of the world’s battle against modern slavery, according to Walk Free’s 2016 Global Slavery Index.

  • DW reported that France has said it will accept 400 refugees per month from Greece, with 30,000 to enter the country in the next two years.

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  • DW reported that the Berlin Center for Torture Victims is offering psychosocial help to migrants and refugees, many of whom are suffering from trauma, depression, paranoia and nightmares.


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