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For First Time, U.N. Convoy From Turkey Carries Aid To Syria

U.N. News Centre: First U.N. humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey sets out for Syria “A United Nations convoy carrying vital humanitarian supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need in northern Syria is leaving today from Turkey, the first time in the three years of the conflict that…

UNFPA Calls For Urgent Support Of Pregnant Women In Syria

United Nations Population Fund: An Estimated 200,000 Pregnant Women in Syria in Need of Urgent Care, Warns UNFPA “As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of the country’s estimated 200,000 pregnant women, including…

Syria’s Yarmuk Refugee Camp Gets U.N. Aid After Two-Week Halt

Agence France-Presse/The Daily Star: Syria’s besieged Yarmuk gets U.N. aid after two-week halt “The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency on Tuesday resumed food distribution in the besieged Yarmuk camp in Damascus after a two-week halt. UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] spokesman Chris Gunness said aid workers distributed 465 food…

U.N., Aid Officials Call For Cross-Border Humanitarian Access In Syria

Reuters: Aid officials call for swift cross-border access in Syria “United Nations and independent aid officials called on Saturday for swift agreement to allow supplies from Turkey into northeastern Syria, a move that would mark a small step towards implementing a U.N. demand for cross-border humanitarian access…” (Evans, 3/15).

Recent Current Events Could Signal Food Price Volatility

CNN: Are more food protests around the corner? Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph “This week’s headlines may have been dominated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, but three seemingly unrelated stories that have developed over the past week…

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

Save The Children Report Describes State Of Syria’s Collapsing Health System

News outlets report on Save the Children’s new report (.pdf) released Monday on the state of Syria’s collapsing health care system. New York Times: Report Cites ‘Devastating Toll’ on Health of Syria’s Children “The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has…

Humanitarian Aid ‘The Best Opportunity’ To Help Those Affected By Syria’s Civil War

Christian Science Monitor: Humanitarian aid is the best, and only, solution for Syria Tara Sonenshine, distinguished fellow at George Washington University and an adviser to the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy “…Unlike revolutions in neighboring Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, Syria’s revolution has dragged on in a horrific way: 100,000 dead,…

U.S. Not Alone In Balancing Reproductive Rights With Religious Freedom

GlobalPost: With birth control, U.S. not alone grappling with reproductive rights and religious freedom “…[T]he U.S. is not alone in attempting to strike a balance between offering reproductive health care services and respecting religious organization’s rights. In recent months, Ireland, Argentina, and Israel — three countries with deep-seated religious ties…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).