Situational overview: The overall security situation is critical. Fighting has steadily intensified during the reporting period, though with no change to the line of contact. Continued diplomatic efforts are underway towards a political solution to the conflict.
Protection concerns: Freedom of movement across the line of contact remains a key concern. Recent issues reported by IDPs include a lack of information on the renewal of government financial assistance and the address verification process.
The security situation in Ukraine remains unstable and unpredictable, although International Medical Corps has been able to keep operating programs despite the insecurity. Over 1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now registered in Ukraine. However, there are no exact figures for IDPs inside the non-government controlled areas. According to UNHCR, over 800,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries including Russia, Belarus and Poland.
In the 2010s, Belarus is still facing several challenges related to humanitarian issues, like the Chernobyl legacy, the growing incidence of trafficking in human beings, TB and HIV, and a serious demographic crisis, marked by declining life expectancy, high mortality and morbidity, rapid population ageing and deteriorating health.
Belarus sent a donation of 40 metric tons of food aid to Rural Damascus area. The relief aid included wheat flour, baby milk, and canned foods items.
The mentioned relief aid were received by representative of SARC’s Rural Damascus Branch Management, Disaster Management Unit, and Logistic Department. The procfess were done in coordination with Rural Damascus Governorate on Wednesday April 8th, 2015.