- Jordan Response Plan 2015 - Final Draft - 1 Dec 2014
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 02 | 5 Dec 2014 [EN/AR]
- Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 1 Dec 2014
Appeals & Funding
- 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan: Jordan Mid-Year Update
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) brings together the plans developed under the leadership of national authorities - namely, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and the Republic of Turkey – to ensure protection, humanitarian assistance and strengthen resilience.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16
Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
As of 20 November, following a decision by the Cabinet, registered Syrian refugees in Jordan are no longer entitled to access free health services at Ministry of Health facilities. Syrian refugees are now charged the same fees as uninsured Jordanians. Whilst these fees are low, they are expected to increase hardship for many vulnerable refugees. UNHCR has been closely following up with the government and other agencies, and adopted a temporary assistance policy on 26 November to mitigate the immediate effects of the cessation of free health services.
It’s been a busy 2014 for everyone connected with ShelterBox. This past year we have sent aid to 25 different disasters and throughout this holiday season we will be looking back at how these responses have made a difference to families in need as a direct result of the support of our donors.
One disaster, which we have continued to respond to throughout the year, is the ongoing conflict throughout Syria, Lebanon, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Jordan.
According to UNHCR 3,323,031 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. Children make up 53.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,727,976 refugee children in the region
UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 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.
Regional activity highlights
UNFPA commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of the Violence against Women on 25 November and called on all partners to continue exerting efforts to protect Syrian women and girls of reproductive age, to end gender inequality and the impunity that allows violence and human suffering to continue on such a widespread scale and to ensure safety and justice in the region.
WFP announced 9 December that it is reinstating food assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries thanks to a massive expression of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries. By mid-December, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers – also known as e-cards – uploaded with an average amount of US$ 30 per family member that can immediately be used to buy food from local shops.
Large numbers of refugees from Syria continued to be on the move in search of safety in the region during September.
Following the recent influx in Turkey, registration of camp and non‐camp Syrian refugees continues under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior, while protection field teams continue to visit camps and urban areas.
U.N. World Food Program (WFP) announces resumption of food assistance to Syrian refugees following fundraising campaign.
Western governments pledge to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted through resettlement programs.
U.N. cross-border deliveries from Turkey and Jordan reach thousands of conflict-affected households in Syria.
Islamic Relief child protection specialists, Leila Fasseaux and Neelam Fida, discuss how our Islam-inspired training is creating positive change for vulnerable children.
Over the last decade or two, the global voice on child protection has gone from strength to strength. However, abuse against children is still happening far too often.
Op-ed by Caroline Pontefract, Director of the UNESCO-UNRWA Education Program, based in Amman, Jordan.
A new partnership agreement between Intel and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will improve access to the Agency’s innovative learning materials for thousands of Palestine refugee students and teachers. With the Intel Foundation support of US$ 100,000, UNRWA will create an online portal as a central gateway for continuous education for children in times of emergency.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
What a heartbreaking year it has been for families in northern Iraq and Syria. Terrible violence has forced millions to flee from their homes. It’s the worst refugee crisis the world has seen in decades. Displaced families are taking shelter where they can but many lack protection from the rain and the cold. Soon they will be hit with winter winds, rain, snow, and freezing temperatures. When you visit refugee settlements, you see little children everywhere you turn. These children need a safe, warm place to spend the winter.
Geneva, 8 December 2014
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in March 2011 around 3, 249,644 Syrian refugees have fled to the neighbouring countries with Jordan hosting 618,615 and Lebanon 1,143,899 as of Nov. 25th. The number of internally displaces people and refugees continue to grow as well as the humanitarian needs of this population.
WFP announced on 1 December it has been forced to suspend the provision of food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the region, due to a funding crisis. WFP stated it could immediately resume assistance for Syrian refugees if new funding arrives in December. Since the start of this operation, WFP’s voucher programme has injected some US$ 800 million dollars into the economies of refugee hosting countries which border Syria.
Humanitarian and human rights agencies urge governments to resettle 5% refugees from Syria by end 2015
Over 30 international organisations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva tomorrow to commit to offering sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria currently in neighbouring countries - 180,000 people - by the end of 2015.