Kawther, 3, cries at a shelter in a government school in the Christian neighbourhood of Achrafieh, Beirut, where her family went after hiding in a bomb shelter for three days in the city’s Dahiya district.
UNGEI partners have been expressing serious concern about civilian casualties and new risks to health from escalating violence in the Middle East. To date, dozens of children have been killed, and many more have been injured. Working in partnership, UNGEI organizations are moving quickly to respond to the immediate and urgent needs of affected children and families in the Middle East.
Organisations have responded by focusing first on meeting the basic needs of children and families displaced by the crisis, and will continue to work in the provision of health services, water and sanitation, psychosocial care and education, with a special focus on ensuring the safety and well-being of children. To help children return to some sense of normalcy and routine, safe play areas are being set up in schools, which will offer educational and play materials.
To learn more about how individual partners are responding to the crisis, see links below.
UK commits further £2.2 million for Lebanon as continued violence sparks humanitarian crisis in Middle East
Lebanese Children – Far Away from Home
Oxfam International: Middle East crisis
Oxfam UK: Latest on the situation and Oxfam's response
Save the Children
Children bear the brunt of the crisis in the Middle East
Save the Children Launches $5 Million Appeal to Help Children Affected by Crisis in Middle East
Save the Children USA’s Statement on Middle East: Helping Children Caught in Escalating Middle East Crisis
Middle East Crisis: Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank
Emergency Statement - July 21, 2006 [PDF]
Schools shelter Palestinian families displaced by violence in Gaza
Funding appeals and donor updates
Middle East Crisis Situation Report 3 Aug 2006 [PDF]
Statement by UNICEF and the World Health Organization on escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel
Supplies on the way, but access remains a major challenge in Lebanon
UNICEF prepares emergency aid for children caught in deepening Middle East crisis
UNICEF and partners respond to escalating crisis in Lebanon and Israel
Humanitarian Assistance to Lebanon
Disaster Assistance: Lebanon - Complex Emergency
World Food Program
Middle East Crisis page
Displaced in Lebanon find it increasingly hard to meet food needs (Source: ReliefWeb)
WFP sends emergency assessment team to Lebanon (Source: ReliefWeb)
World Vision New Zealand: Middle East Crisis
World Vision UK: Middle East Crisis
World Vision Australia: Australia's humanitarian agencies call for the Prime Minister to support a permanent ceasefire in the Middle East.