| Graphic: Ikea flatpack refugee tent for use in Syria!

Graphic: Ikea flatpack refuge tent for use in Syria ~ , The Telegraph.

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is working with the UNHCR to produce a flatpack refugee shelter that can be rapidly assembled in crisis zones, such as in Syria, where over one million people have fled the country.

graphic:IKEA flatpack refuge tent

50 emergency shelter prototypes have been sent to refuge camps and areas of crisis in Syria, with funding from the Ikea foundation.

The shelters arrive in the typical Ikea flat cardboard packs designed to be assembled on-site, and include features like solar panels and USB ports to provide electricity.

Five people are able to live in each 17.5 square metre house once it is assembled.

The shelters have previously been tested in Ethiopia and at the Domiz refugee camp on the Iraq-Syria border.



| AID NOT BOMBS: Syrian refugee crisis in numbers!

| AID NOT BOMBS: Syrian refugee crisis in numbers! ~ YouTube.

The Syrian refugee crisis in numbers – animation 

It started with thousands of people on the streets. It has resulted in millions of people on the move. Syria‘s civil conflict, two years old and counting, has generated the world’s gravest refugee crisis for 20 years, but the numbers only tell part of the story. In this animated film we examine the magnitude of this humanitarian disaster.

YouTube: http://youtu.be/DqCqgDueASo 

Courtesy: The Guardianhttp://bitly.com/UvkFpD

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| AID NOT BOMBS: UN refugee agency says more than 2m have fled Syria!

UN refugee agency says more than 2m have fled Syria ~ BBC.

More than two million Syrians are now refugees, with the total going up by a million in six months, the UN says.

At least 700,000 have fled to Lebanon, and more Syrians are now displaced than any other nationality, the UNHCR says.

France and the US are continuing to push for military action over alleged chemical weapons use by Syrian forces.

There are suggestions that President Barack Obama may be planning much wider action than the limited strikes that have been publicly proposed.

The reports emerged as senior US politicians were set to speak before a congressional committee, to rally support for intervention.

‘Haemorrhaging’ people

The UNHCR said in a statement on Tuesday: “Syria is haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs.”

Around half of those forced to leave are children, UN agencies estimate, with about three-quarters of them under 11.

Just 118,000 refugee children have been able to continue in some sort of education, and only one-fifth have received some sort of counselling, with agencies warning of a “lost generation” of child refugees ill-equipped to help rebuild Syria in the future.

Lebanon has received the highest number of refugees, even though it is the smallest of Syria’s neighbours and one of the least able to cope.

There is now thought to be one Syrian refugee in Lebanon to roughly every six Lebanese. Jordan and Turkey have taken in the second and third highest numbers respectively.

Where Syrian refugees are

  • 716,000 in Lebanon
  • 515,000 in Jordan
  • 460,000 in Turkey
  • 169,000 in Iraq
  • 111,000 in Egypt
  • 4.25 million others displaced inside Syria

( Source UNHCR)

As well as those who have left the country, a further 4.25 million have been displaced within Syria, the UNHCR says, meaning that more Syrians are now forcibly displaced than is the case with any other country.

Pointing out that more than 97% of Syria’s refugees are being hosted by countries in the surrounding region, the UNHCR said the influx was “placing an overwhelming burden on their infrastructures, economies and societies”.

It once again appealed for “massive international support” to help neighbouring countries deal with the crisis.

International aid agencies are also struggling to cope with the crisis, having only 47% of funds required to meet “basic refugee needs”, the UNHCR says.

“It took two years to reach the first million refugees. It took six months for the second million to be reached,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, told the BBC.

Antonio Guterres: “It’s the biggest displacement crisis of all time”

He said officials could envisage three million refugees by the end of 2013.

One of the biggest single waves of refugees occurred in mid-August, when thousands from north-eastern Syria poured over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraq has the fourth largest population of Syrian refugees, with over 170,000.

The UN says the conflict in Syria has caused the world’s worst refugee crisis for 20 years, with numbers not seen since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

More than 100,000 people are thought to have died since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

‘Munich moment’The US and French governments are pushing for a military strike in reaction to what they say was a chemical weapons attack carried out by Syrian government forces on the outskirts of Damascus on 21 August.

The US has put the death toll at 1,429, including 426 children.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen Martin Dempsey are due to appear later before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

They are trying to muster support for military intervention in Syria in the run-up to a vote in Congress expected next week.

On Monday a senior state department official told a gathering of Democrat politicians that a vote against military action would be America’s “Munich moment”, referring to the 1938 Munich Agreement which was seen as British and French appeasement of Nazi Germany before World War II.

The Obama administration’s document seeking Congress authorisation to conduct military strikes speaks of sending “a clear signal of American resolve”, aiming “to deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade the potential for future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction”.

Many analysts had assumed the strikes would be fairly limited in scope. But this may not be the case, according to Gen Jack Kean, a retired US Army vice-chief of staff who spoke to key Republican senators after they had been briefed at the White House on Monday.

He told the BBC that the senators had been “encouraged by what the president has told them in terms of the scale of robustness of what he intends to do” – and that they had been given the indication that strikes would go far beyond targeting the regime’s alleged chemical weapons.

“I think two things are central to what’s going to happen: he’s going to deter and degrade – and the important word is degrade – significant military capability of [Syrian President] Assad’s regime,” Gen Kean told the BBC.

Mr Obama already appears to have won the support of two of his fiercest foreign policy critics, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Mr McCain told reporters on Monday that a congressional vote against strike action “would be catastrophic in its consequences” for US credibility abroad.

‘Illogical’ attackFrench leaders, like their US counterparts, are pushing for military action.

Instead of being welcomed in jihadist ranks, the prospect [of a strike] has triggered alarm and confusion there and amongst other Islamist groups”




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Frank GardnerBBC security correspondent

A report presented to the French parliament by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Monday said the 21 August attack “could not have been ordered and carried out by anyone but the Syrian government”.

The report said the assault involved the “massive use of chemical agents”.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied being behind the attack, saying it would have been “illogical”.

He warned that foreign military action could ignite a wider regional conflict.

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also said on Monday that he was personally convinced a chemical attack took place and that the Assad government was responsible.

While saying he did not expect Nato to be involved in any action, he said there must be “a firm international response” to deter any future use of such weapons or else it would send a “dangerous signal to dictators all over the world”.

Syria is known to have extensive supplies of chemical weapons.

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| Lemming logic + neocon fiscal cliff: Four million Syrians will need humanitarian aid by next year!

Four million Syrians will need humanitarian aid by next year ~ Ch 4 News.

The United Nations warns that the number of people within Syrian needing humanitarian aid will soar from 2.5 million to around 4 million by early next year.

Thousands flee Syria overnight as Assad vows to stay

Speaking in Geneva the director of operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, said that the world was already failing to meet the needs of those caught up in the violence:

“Every day our humanitarian colleagues on the ground are engaging with people who are ever more desperate, ever more fearful for their lives and for the lives of their families because of this conflict.”

As well as the plight of those still within the country, the refugee crisis continues to intensify.

An estimated 11,000 people fled Syria overnight in an exodus that brings the total number of refugees to over 400,000 with no end to the conflict in sight.

In the last 24 hours Turkey took in 9,000 Syrians, while Lebanon and Jordan both took in 1,000 each. The total number of refugees is thought to be significantly higher than current figures indicate.

An estimated 2.5m people have been uprooted by violence inside Syria, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey has topped 100,000.

They have had everything destroyed and suddenly find themselves living in a tent in a refugee camp
Ron Redmond, UN Refugee Agency

The battle between the government forces and rebels continued today with the Free Syrian Army claiming victory at a key town near the border with Turkey. However, President Bashar al-Assad remains defiant and has affirmed that his regime is “fighting terrorism” with the support of the Syrian people.

UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond has confirmed to Channel 4 News that with winter approaching they are working around the clock to ensure adequate shelter is provided in countries across the Middle East and North Africa receiving fleeing Syrians.

He explained that there could be as many as 150,000 refugees currently living in Egypt, with many living in difficult conditions.

“In Jordon 70 per cent are living outside the camps, people are renting places or staying with relatives,” Mr Redmond explained. “In Lebanon they are outside of the camps, and there is a risk of running out of resources with winter approaching.”

In Iraq many fleeing Syrians are living in tents, 49,000 people are thought to have fled to the Kurdistan district. Preparations are underway for harsher weather with 100s of prefab shelters donated by Gulf states and in Turkey the 14 camps are being winterised.

Mr Redmond explained that Syrians who fled have been left in a state of shock with no indication of when they will be able to return home.

“Many of these people had a high standard of living in Syria, they had homes, jobs and cars,” he explained. “They have had everything destroyed and suddenly find themselves living in a tent in a refugee camp.”

An emergency cash assistance programme is also in place for displaced people providing funds for vulnerable families to pay rent or meet critical needs not covered by the aid programme. The cost of relief efforts is expected to run to $488m by the end of the year.

A recent attempt to bring 550 tons of UNHCR supplies to 13,000 families inside Syria was hampered by a ceasefire that did not hold.

In an interview with Russia Today, President Assad has remained defiant claiming “The army cannot withstand for twenty months in these difficult circumstances without having the embrace of the public in Syria”.

“We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence, let’s say, it will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

The president rubbished rumours that he might flee stating “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.”

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