Archive for September 5th, 2012

05/09/2012

Over 100,000 Flee Syria in One Month – Fewer Places to Find Refuge

Human Wrongs Watch

As heavy fighting continues in Syria, the UN refugee agency reported that the number of those fleeing to neighbouring countries rose to over 100,000 in August–the highest monthly total to date.

A Syrian family gets a lift at a crossing to Lebanon where they will register at UNHCR centres. Photo: UNHCR/S. Malkawi

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 103,416 people sought asylum in countries neighbouring Syria in that month, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration as of 2 September to 235,368 – mainly in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

Those figures include Iraqi refugees who had previously fled to Syria and are now returning to their homeland by the thousands, a UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told a news briefing in Geneva on 4 Sept. 2012.

Bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the North, Iraq to the East, Jordan to the South, and Israel to the Southwest, Syrian population is estimated in 22,530,000.

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05/09/2012

Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Global Food Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

Coordinated international action is urgently needed to prevent rising food prices from hurting tens of millions of people over the coming months, the heads of the three United Nations food and agricultural agencies said in a joint statement.

Food on sale at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo: IRIN

“The current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 world food crisis. But swift, coordinated international action can stop that from happening,” they said.

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