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Efforts To Protect Syrian Women, Girls From Sexual Exploitation Failing, IRC Report Says

The Guardian: Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria “Commitments to protect Syrian women and girls from sexual abuse, exploitation, and early marriage have not been backed by practical action, which has had devastating consequences, according to a report published on Thursday. The report published by the International…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Drug Mix-Up Caused Deaths Of Syrian Children; Opposition Coalition To Issue Final Report

News outlets report on the vaccine mix-up in Syria that led to the death of at least 15 young children. Forbes: Vaccine Mix-Up In Syria Not Uncommon In U.S., Canada “…A preliminary investigation by the National Coalition revealed that instead of the measles vaccine, the infants received atracurium, a neuromuscular…

Aid Workers, Groups Say Growing Number Of Humanitarian Crises Overwhelming Resources

Bloomberg News: Aid Workers Battle Ebola and Bullets as Crises Multiply “…As President Barack Obama [Tuesday] said the U.S. will send 3,000 troops to fight the Ebola outbreak, humanitarians say they’re juggling a record onslaught of crises from Africa to Syria that have stretched their resources and their ability to…

Number Of Child Marriages Increase In Jordan Refugee Camps

New York Times: In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides “…For many Syrians stuck in Jordan’s squalid and sometimes dangerous refugee camps, marrying girls off at younger and younger ages is increasingly being seen as a necessity — a way of easing the financial burden on families with little or no…

International Cooperation Needed To Address Humanitarian Crises In Syria, Iraq

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria. Huffington Post: Iraq, Syria Plan Must Include Food for Hungry William Lambers, author and blogger “As President Obama sets forth a plan to destroy the terrorist army ISIL, a broader initiative must be in place to…

U.S. DoD Makes $500M Request For Ebola Efforts, Humanitarian Crises In Iraq, Syria

Foreign Policy: Shifting Priorities: Pentagon Wants to Move Money for Ebola, Ukraine, and Iraq “…The Defense Department is making a big lump sum request of $500 million for humanitarian assistance to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and to address the suffering the Islamic State is inflicting upon…

Iraqi Kurdistan’s FGM Practice Can End Within A Generation, U.N. Expert Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Iraqi Kurdistan could end FGM in a generation — expert “Female genital mutilation could be eradicated in Iraqi Kurdistan within a generation, a U.N. expert said this week as a survey revealed high support for ending what she called an ‘abominable crime.’ The study, released by U.N.…

Pakistan’s Polio Case Numbers Rise As Taliban Enforces Vaccination Ban

Bloomberg News: Polio Cases Jump in Pakistan Amid Taliban Vaccination Ban “Pakistan reported 11 new cases of polio on a single day last week, bringing this year’s official count to 138, a four-fold increase from last year, as the crippling disease spreads amid Islamist militancy and suspicion…” (Anis/Gokhale, 9/8).

Fighting In Pakistan Impacts Country’s Efforts To Eradicate Polio

New York Times: How Fighting in Pakistan Affects War Against Polio “Fierce fighting in Pakistan is harming and helping the country’s drive to eradicate polio. … [I]n three months of fighting between the armed forces and the Taliban, nearly a million people have been displaced, spreading the virus, according to…