No one could have predicted the challenges brought on by the massive displacement as a result of the most recent crisis in Iraq. In 2014, more than 2 million Iraqis fled horrific violence and armed conflict. Most of these families escaped with just their lives and the clothing they were wearing and found themselves in need of everything: shelter, basic services, food, livelihoods, etc.
A total of 9,503 families received shelter assistance packages today, Tuesday 3 February, after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia generously repurposed US$ 13.5 million initially pledged to UNRWA for reconstruction in the Gaza Strip. The Kingdom, through the Saudi Fund for Development, responded with flexibility, allowing the funds to be used to support the self-help repair assistance that UNRWA was last week forced to suspend due to lack of money. UNRWA disbursed the repurposed donation as soon as the funds became available.
Situation Générale en janvier 2015 Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mars 2015
The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.
General Situation during January 2015 Forecast until mid-March 2015
Support puts Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on the path to immunise a further 300 million children and save up to 6 million more lives
Berlin, 27 January 2015 – Hundreds of millions of children living in the world’s poorest countries will receive life-saving vaccines as a result of record-breaking financial commitments made today at the Gavi Pledging Conference, hosted in Berlin by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Saudi National Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria yesterday distributed the 32nd shipment of winter relief supplies to 1,000 Syrian refugee families in Sir Al-Dhinyah area in northern Lebanon. Walid Al-Jalal, director of the campaign in Lebanon, said that the campaign has distributed 48,000 winter items, including blankets, and children’s winter clothes, to 1,000 families.
In response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation and suffering in Syria due to the winter storms are sweeping through Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and in line with directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and General Supervisor of the Saudi National Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria, has directed the establishment of an urgent land relief bridge to transfer in-kind donations which were donated by Saudi citizens to Syrian refugees inside Syria and in neighboring countries.
The Saudi National Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria has dispatched its 18th convoy of urgent winter relief materials to Daraa Governorate in southwestern Syria, north of the border with Jordan.
A shipment of 30 tons of Saudi medical supplies for the Gaza Strip arrived in at Rafah Port today. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Egyptian Red Crescent Society in Sinai, Maj. Gen. Jaber Al-Arabi, said that his group is coordinating with the Palestinian Red Crescent to distribute the Saudi aid to hospitals and medical centers in Gaza Strip.
GENEVA (15 January 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday appealed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to halt the punishment of Raef Badawi, who was publicly flogged 50 times last Friday and is reportedly due to be flogged again tomorrow and every Friday until his sentence of 1,000 lashes has been fully carried out.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) praised Saudi Arabia for its $500 million donation to help displaced Iraqis. IOM Spokesman Joel Millman said IOM distributed the first winterized non-food item (NFI) kits to 980 families in Anbar province between Dec. 24 and 27 to 980 displaced families. The NFI kits were funded by Saudi Arabia, which has pledged $500 million to UN agencies towards alleviating the conditions of the 2.1 million Iraqis displaced by the recent crisis.
The Saudi National Campaign to Support the Syrian Brothers continued the distribution of winter aid supplies to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Dr. Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, regional director of the campaign, announced today that the campaign has distributed 70,000 blankets, 150,000 children blankets, 70,000 children winter coats, and 233,000 hats in Al-Batron camp in northern Lebanon.
In implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and General Supervisor of the National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers approved an emergency $2.4 million heating fuel project for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The project is part of a SR 53 million ($14.1 million) winter supply projects for Syrian refugees.
Since July 2012, the campaign has provided SR 667,810,171 ($178 million) in relief supplies for Syrian refugees.
The Saudi Fund for Development has deposited its share of support for the Palestinian Authority’s budget. Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Abdulaziz Kattan reported today that the Kingdom has transferred its payments for October, November and December 2014, totaling $60 million, to Palestinian National Authority. Since January 2013, the Kingdom has increased its monthly support of the Palestinian Authority from $14 million to $20 million.
Situation Générale en décembre 2014 Prévision jusqu'à’mi-février 2015
General Situation during December 2014 Forecast until mid-February 2015
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 13:43 GMT
A teenager was accidentally killed during a Saudi raid against "terrorists" in a town populated by minority Shiites, residents of the area said on Sunday.
The interior ministry said it killed four militants during Saturday's operation in Awamiya town to arrest the suspects who shot dead a soldier a week earlier.
But residents gave the toll as five and said they included a youth aged 16 or 17.