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02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

29 Apr 2016 description


  • Fighting in Aleppo increases while relative calm continues to prevail in several parts of Syria

  • More than 40,000 displaced along Turkish/Syrian border

  • Conditions inside Yamouk Camp worsen

  • Further progress made in reaching hard-to-reach and besieged locations

  • Scoping mission to Darayya, undertaken; thousands of civilians in need

  • Evacuations for 515 people undertaken under Four Towns Agreement

Situation Overview

28 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children


According to UNHCR 4,842,896 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. In 2015 more than 877,000 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 2,400 per day. Children now make up 51.7% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,503,777 refugee children in the region.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

28 Apr 2016 description


  1. March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

25 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The pace of population displacement has slowed in Syria since the Cessation of Hostilities, since the beginning of February approximately 106,000 people were newly displaced around Aleppo, Idleb and Hassakeh Governorates. Ongoing displacement towards Jordan is reported in Dara’a Governorate as a consequence of the fighting in South Syria with at least 8,500 people have been displaced.

20 Apr 2016 description

Entire Middle East youth’s future in the balance unless urgent measures are taken

An entire generation of young people in the Middle East faces unprecedented challenges in an environment of insecurity and poverty, risking losing their untapped potential to hopelessness.

19 Apr 2016 description

Syria: In recent weeks, clashes between Islamic State and other non-government forces over the border area between Turkey and Syria have intensified. IDPs in camps located along the border are at risk: over 35,000 have fled the area since 14 April and are in need of protection. Additional displacement is likely.

15 Apr 2016 description

April 15, 2016 - Washington, D.C. - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $75.4 million in support of projects in health, education and nutrition, as well to a financing mechanism that can assist countries hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees.

13 Apr 2016 description


  • Syria: In March, IOM reached around 30,800 IDPs and conflict-affected populations in Al Hole (western Homs) and Big Orem (western Aleppo) through inter-agency convoys with health and non-food items. Through its hub in Jordan, in response to the urgent need of humanitarian assistance for IDPs in Sheikh Miskeen, IOM distributed 2,410 sleeping bags on 5 March.

12 Apr 2016 description

Iraq: The humanitarian situation in besieged Fallujah continues to deteriorate. Supply lines have been cut off since December, when government forces surrounded the city. Islamic State is reportedly preventing people from leaving. Prices of basic food stuffs are 500% above December prices for the third consecutive month. Acute shortages of food, medicine and fuel, as well as cases of starvation and suicide, have been reported.

12 Apr 2016 description


The humanitarian situation continued to worsen over the course of 2015, due to sustained and intensifying conflict, particularly in Aleppo, Idleb, Hama, Dar’a, Homs, Hassakeh, Raqqa, Rural Damascus, Lattakia and Deir Ez Zor governorates. This is impacting the civilian population, leading to unprecedented levels of humanitarian and protection needs. These needs are projected to grow as the conflict endures.

11 Apr 2016 description


  • Relative calm during the reporting period in several parts of the country has enabled a positive trend in overall access to people in need, even as outbreaks of violence in some locations have resulted in further displacement of local civilian populations.

11 Apr 2016 description
report UN Population Fund



440,021 reproductive health services 12,586 deliveries supported, including Caesarean-section deliveries 30,389 gender-based violence related services 15,800 Syrians benefited from reproductive health and genderbased violence related messages 40,100 dignity kits distributed 16 reproductive health kits distributed

10 Apr 2016 description

Today, April 6, is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. As the Syrian conflict moves into its sixth year, we are all painfully aware of the devastation and horrific violence inflicted upon its people. According to UNHCR, approximately 4.8 million people have fled to neighboring countries in search of safety and shelter, with6.6 million remaining displaced inside Syria.

09 Apr 2016 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 8, 2016

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support. This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to more than $778 million since the start of Fiscal Year 2014.

05 Apr 2016 description
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Summary Table of Funding Requirements


In 2016 over 125 million people living in crisis-affected countries are in need of humanitarian assistance. The humanitarian community is committed to providing aid to over 87 million of those in need. The risks to health posed by humanitarian emergencies are at an all-time high. Developments such as climate change, urbanization, population growth and worsening civil conflict are increasing the frequency and severity of many types of emergencies. Attacks on health workers and health facilities are also on the rise.