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Mercy Corps Launches Work in Syria to Assist Iraqi Refugees
Feb 12, 08

Portland, Oregon -- This month, Mercy Corps will begin work to address the Iraqi refugee crisis in Syria. Mercy Corps will be the first American global relief and development agency to receive permission from the Syrian government to open an office inside the country since the crisis began. The United Nations estimates that there are 1.5 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, an influx that has put significant strain on the resources of that small nation.

About Mercy Corps' Syria Programs

This event will mark the launch of a vocational, information technology training program to provide job skills and computer training for Iraqi refugees and vulnerable young Syrians ages 16-25. The project will be implemented with the assistance Mercy Corps' local partners, the Syrian Computer Society (SCS) and The Union for Arab ICT Associations (IJMA3, or Ittihad Jameyet Maaloumatiyah Arabiya). The organization is also distributing a small amount of emergency food and hygiene kits in cooperation with a local partner, Middle East Council of Churches (MECC).

Lack of Funds Could Affect Assistance to
Iraqi Refugees in Syria: UN

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The United Nations began its third round of aid distribution to tens of thousands of registered Iraqi refugees in Syria on Sunday, warning that a shortage of funds could prevent their next distribution slated for April.

The food, blankets, soap and mattresses will be delivered over 35 days to the 145,000 Iraqi refugees registered by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said a joint statement by UNHCR and World Food Program.

Syria is home to some 1.5 million Iraqi refugees, many of whom have fled violence in their home country following the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. Their influx has strained Syria's education, health and housing systems, pushing the government to call for international assistance and tighten visa requirements.

Najwa Mohammed, 30, from Baghdad said at a distribution center in Damascus that it is the second time she collects her ration from UNHCR.

"We live on our savings from the belongings we sold in Iraq," said Mohammed who has been living in Syria with her husband and three children for that past two years.

In January, WFP and UNHCR launched appeals for funding to assist refugees who have fled violence in Iraq to Syria as well as thousands more displaced in Iraq. However, both agencies say they have not received the full amount of funds needed and they are facing a US$113 million (€78 million) shortfall.

"While we should be preparing now for the next distribution we simply have no resources to do so," said WFP Syria Country Director Pippa Bradford in the press release.

She added that out of the US$43 million (€29.6 million) appeal to donors, only US$5 million (€3.45 million) has been received so far, which is barely enough to cover the first two months of the year.

UNHCR Representative in Syria, Laurens Jolles, said "food assistance for refugees is crucial to prevent the worst consequences of the increased poverty of Iraqi refugees."

Iraqi refugee Salem Abdul-Rahman, 60, said at the distribution center that he lives on assistance sent to him by his brother who lives in Germany.

"This is the third ration from UNHCR, and even though it is not good (food) I had to have it because I urgently need it," he said.










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Eshvath = February

Mercy Corps Launches Work in Syria to Assist Iraqi Refugees
Feb 12, o8

Compensation for the Confiscated Assyrian Land in Ankawa not Enough Feb 11, o8

The Forced Assimilation Policy of Turkey Continues
Feb 11, o8

Churches in Iraq Becoming Targets for Attacks Feb 8, o7

Kirkuk Referendum and Hermaphrodites Feb 7, o8

For Christians Returning From Syria to Iraq is Fraught with Danger Feb 3, o8

New Star - Prince of Assyria Feb 3, o8

New Defense Authorization Act, will Help More Iraqi Refugees Feb 3, o8

Mess O’Potamian Art at Iraq's Museum Feb 3, o8

Kanoon II - January

“Assyrian Woman” in the Days of Mourning Jan. 31, 2008

Sanharib Malki, Top Goal Scorer in Belgium Jan. 30, 2008

In Iraq, Christians Say They Are Dwindling Jan. 29, 2008

Baghdad’s Anglican church benefits from former Alabama parishioner’s generosity Jan. 29, 2008

The Mar Bawai Diocese joins the Chaldean Church
Jan. 29, 2008

Solidarity and donations are not enough, the Iraqi Church needs concrete projects Jan. 27, 2008

Iraq: Assistance needed for internally displaced and refugees Jan. 24, 2008

Time to Take the power back! Jan. 24, 2008

Blast in Iraq's Mosul kills 15, wounds 132 Jan. 24, 2008

When there’s persecution, what can you do? Jan. 23, 2008

10 Iraq Churches Bombed in 2 Weeks Jan. 23, 2008

Ancient Christians in Iraq have managed to survive
Jan. 23, 2008

Situation of Iraqi Assyrian1 Christians Discussed in Nürnberg Jan. 22, 2008

Iraqis adjust to life in N.H. Jan. 22, 2008

The Hatred against Christians has Escalated in Turkey
Jan. 22, 2008

You Tube Assyrian Videos Jan. 21, 2008

Paul Batou: My Art, My People. Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

Caritas initiative for Iraqi girls: classes to shelter them from exploitation Jan. 18, 2008

Ransacked Baghdad museum details renovation progress
Jan. 16, 2008

Armenians of Moscow to organize picket at Turkish Embassy January 19 Jan. 16, 2008

Iran Plans on Destroying Tomb of King Cyrus Jan. 16, 2008

Iraqi Political Factions Jointly Pressure Kurds Jan. 14, 2008

Imam of Kirkuk: attacks against Christians are “against Islam” Jan. 14, 2008

Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq distributes humanitarian aid
Jan. 12, 2008

Iraqi Priest Abducted and Tortured in Iraq Because he Was Christian Jan. 11, 2008

Religious cleansing’ in Iraq Jan. 9, 2008

Two More Churches Bombed in Iraq January 9th Jan. 9, 2008

Iraqi Assyrians cling to roots even far from home Jan. 4, 2008

Canoon I = December

Iraqi Army delivers Christmas Season Tidings to Assyrian Students Dec. 17, 07

international Genocide Scholars Association Officially recognizes Assyrian, Greek Genocide Dec. 15, 07

Armenia should be the first country to recognise the Assyrian Genocide! Dec. 14, 07

Arrested in Kirkuk a gang specialised in kidnapping Christian doctors Dec. 14, 07

Charities hope to help Iraqi Christians Dec. 14, 07

Assyrian Professor Dies From Stab Wound Dec. 13, 07

Iraqi Christian woman and brother found dead in city with rise in religious vigilante killings Dec. 11, 07

Iraqi Assyrians: Barometer of Pluralism Dec. 11, 07

Assyrians in Syria Ask for Historical and Political Recognition
Dec. 10, 07

Baghdad Christians Celebrate Sunday Mass Dec. 10, 07

Vigilantes kill 40 women in Iraq's south Dec. 8, 07

Assyrians: From Bedr Khan to Saddam Hussein Dec. 8, 07

Sabri Attman's lecture tour in US Dec. 8, 07

My Email to Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" Regarding his Dec. 2, 2007 Report on Christians in Iraq Dec. 7, 07

Christians leaving Basra despite decades of co-existence
Dec. 7, 07

Prize Pianist: Van Cliburn winner was short on confidence but long on talent Dec. 7, 07

Middle East the cradle of Christianity Dec. 6, 07

For Iraqi refugees in Lebanon either prison or repatriation
Dec. 5, 07

(CBS) 60 Minute's Report : Vicar: Dire Times For Iraq's Christians
Dec. 3, 07




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