- Jordan Refugee Response - Inter-Agency Winterization Update, 12 Jan 2015
- UNHCR thematic update: Winter Assistance - Syria and Iraq Situations (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria) 13 Jan 2015
- UNHCR: Living in the shadows - Jordan Home Visits Report 2014
Appeals & Funding
- Jordan Response Plan 2015 for the Syria Crisis
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
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.
- Food for 3.8 million people delivered to Syria’s hard-to-reach areas
- August’s 4.1 million the highest reached in any one month in Syria
- 1.9 million refugees reached in December
- 98 percent of regional assistance provided through vouchers, injecting US$1 billion since start of operations
The Syrian conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs continue to rise, population displacements continue, and an entire generation of children is being exposed to war and violence, increasingly deprived of basic services, education and protection.
SUPPORT INSIDE SYRIA
The UK has allocated £332 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £154 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 01.11.2014) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.
Images of individuals and families crossing borders to find safety, after having witnessed violence and destruction, leaving possessions and family members behind, have come to represent the human impact of conflict and disaster. Threats to well-being due to these experiences and subsequent challenges are increasingly understood.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
According to UNHCR 3,800,101 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 1,979,852 refugee children in the region
In anticipation of the severe weather conditions sweeping the Middle East since the beginning of 2015, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) staff have been working for months on the Warm Winter program to provide winter assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, and even inside Syria, with a total budget of $1,075,580 (QR 3,912,580).
By Caritas Internationalis|14 January 2015|Conflicts and Disasters, Emergencies, Emergencies in Syria, Lebanon, Middle East & North Africa, Refugees, Syria
Syrians and Iraqis struggling to cope with war in their own countries or as refugees far from home are now facing freezing weather conditions.
“For four years, we have been living in the depths of the cold in a bloody war, but these days we experience the cold in another way after a snowstorm struck the Middle East,” said a staff member from Caritas Syria in Damascus.
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
GENEVA/AMMAN, 13 January 2015 – Amidst the harshest conditions of the winter so far, UNICEF has delivered warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to more than 900,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
As the Syria conflict nears the four-year mark, UNICEF estimates that at least 7 million internally displaced and refugee children are in desperate need of assistance. Many continue to live in unfinished buildings and inadequate shelters that expose them to sub-zero temperatures, heavy snow and strong winds.
This winter has brought harsh conditions including sub-zero temperatures, freezing rain and snow across Syria and countries hosting Syrian refugees, compounding the impact of the ongoing conflicts and displacement on vulnerable children and their families. There are reports of child deaths in Syria and Lebanon, as well an increase in illnesses, such as upper respiratory tract infections, associated with exposure to cold temperatures.
Severe winter weather in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza is causing massive hardship amongst Syrian refugees as well as those displaced by the conflict in Gaza which destroyed or damaged 96,000 homes four months ago.
Deep snow and storms in Jordan and Lebanon are expected to continue into the weekend – already two people including a six-year-old boy have died from the cold – whilst rain, flooding, freezing temperatures and sand storms from high winds in the Sinai are causing havoc in Gaza, where many families remain homeless.
ActionAid says that:
Deadly threat to Syrian children as temperatures plummet
A major snowstorm has hit the Middle East, posing a serious threat to refugee families living in tents, huts and half-built buildings. There are currently more than 3 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq, as well as hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis and Palestinians in Gaza.
AMOUNT: EUR 47 000 000
The full implementation of the HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2014 general budget of the European Union.
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More than 6.5 million people are displaced inside Syria and an estimated 10.8 million people inside the country are in need of humanitarian assistance, after more than three and a half years of war. There are more than 3 million identified Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, in addition to over 50,000 Palestinian refugees who have fled from Syria to Lebanon and smaller numbers who have sought refuge in other neighbouring countries. More than half of all registered refugees are children.
The Syrian conflict, now in its fourth year, has resulted in more than 150,000 deaths according to UNOCHA of which nearly 11,000 are women and children. As at 4 September 2014, there were 10.8 million people in need in Syria and 6.45 million of them internally displaced. Also, UNHCR reports that there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
December 12, 2014
Thank you, Chairman McGovern and Chairman Wolf, for holding this important hearing on humanitarian assistance for those affected by violence in Iraq and for your personal leadership and support for your humanitarian efforts. Given the close relationship between events in Iraq and Syria, I will also address our humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria.