- Jordan Inter-Sector Working Group Update - March 2015
- UNHCR thematic update: Winter Assistance - Syria and Iraq Situations (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria) 9 Apr 2015
- IOM Regional Response to the Syria Crisis, External Situation Report, March 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Jordan Response Plan 2015 for the Syria Crisis
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
Tens of thousands of people have crossed the border into Jordan, seeking a safe haven in camps for displaced persons. Among them are Morti and Shikha and their children, who range in age from 2 to 16 years. “It was our last solution,” Morti says. “Our home was no longer safe – what could we do?” The family has been living in a caravan in the Za’atari camp, on Jordan’s northern border with Syria, for more than a year.
As the conflict in Syria has continued for over four years, nearly four million people have fled into the neighbouring countries in search of refuge. In response to the increasing numbers of Syrians in the north of Jordan, UNHCR established a registration centre in Irbid in February 2013. In January 2014, UNHCR established Field Office-Irbid (FOI), and throughout early 2014 Branch Office-Amman handed over authority to FOI. FOI now manages UNHCR’s activities and coordinates assistance in Irbid, Ajloun and Jerash governorates.
Snapshot 15–21 April 2015
Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.
The UK has allocated £378 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £182 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.03.2015) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.
Following the appeal launched by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on behalf of Syrian refugees, the Prince’s Government is allocating 75,000 euros to the World Food Programme.
After four years of conflict, nearly 11.5 million Syrians are being displaced within the country or have sought refuge in neighbouring states.
According to UNHCR 3,988,857 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. In 2014 more than 895,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,500 per day.
Children make up 52.1% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,078,194 refugee children in the region.
Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’
The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.
Syrian refugees now arriving at the Azraq camp are in a weaker condition than before.
The hospital managed by the Finnish Red Cross in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan has received 3.5 million euros of aid from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO). The hospital treats refugees from Syria. It focuses particularly on taking care of women and children.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.
More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
7428th Meeting (AM)
Nearly 70 Speakers Speak on ‘Great Moral Issue of Our Time’
In its fight against sexual violence in conflict, the world had arrived at a “new juncture”, characterized by ongoing, shocking crimes, but also by greater opportunity to respond to the scourge in a resolute and integrated manner, the United Nations’ top official on the issue told the Security Council today ahead of an open debate on women, peace and security.
March 2015 marked four years of civil war in Syria. While many in the world have moved on, Syrians find themselves trapped in conflict, and forced to flee for their lives. The fighting has killed at least 220,000 people; and 840,000 have been injured in violence. Life expectancy has fallen by approximately 20 years.
The war in Syria is already tiring the aid donors around the world, but it exhausts the individuals that are placed inside the refugee camps.
Intended to be temporary, the camps in the northern part of Jordan may become the permanent residence of refugees there. Zaatari camp, set up in 2012, already has its own government, security forces, hospitals, shops, and the “Champs-Élysées,” bumpy alley lined with vendors shacks. Inside their own fenced compounds various aid organisations offer training and different activities for the refugees.
Located in the Ajloun Governorate of Jordan, Kufranja is home to 40,000 people, including Syrian refugees and Jordanians. To support what is one of the most vulnerable communities in Jordan, ACTED built the first football field in the area and recently handed it over to the local municipality, with the support of UNHCR. The football field sits with a view of the green and majestic mountains of Ajloun, if only to offer a background of tranquility to the bustling heat of local matches between youth in Kofranja.
Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.
Primary and lower secondary enrolment rates have stayed low or decreased for most of the past decade, but have seen a slight rise in the last few years. Completion rates are high but the dropout rate has remained stable at roughly 4,000 per year.
There are currently 9,661 primary school aged children out of school (1.1%), along with 21,234 lower secondary aged children (4.2%). A further 45,862 pre-primary aged children are also out of school (41%).
In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.