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report UN News Service

31 March 2015 – Syrians are suffering through the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, regional stability is buckling under the weight of despair and children are suffering on a scale that “haunts the soul,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the Third International Pledging Conference in Kuwait, appealing for $8.4 billion, almost four times the amount asked for last year.

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(Kuwait City, 31 March 2015): In an expression of continued solidarity with the millions of children, women and men affected by the devastating crisis in Syria, now in its fifth year, international donors today pledged US$3.8 billion at a conference hosted by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria enters its fifth year of conflict

  • Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate

  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

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report Irish Aid

Ireland has pledged €12 million to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by the Syria conflict at a major humanitarian pledging conference for Syria in Kuwait.

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infographic UN Children's Fund

With the conict in Syria now entering its fth year, the situation of more than 5.6 million children inside the country remains desperate. There are up to 2 million children who are living in areas of the country largely cut o from humanitarian assistance due to ghting or other factors. Some 2 million children in Syria are still out of school.

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As Delivered

I join the Secretary-General in thanking His Highness, the Amir of Kuwait for his generosity in agreeing to host this third pledging conference to support the people of Syria and neighbouring countries. I also thank the Government and the people of Kuwait for their continued commitment to the people of Syria. As a result of the leadership of His Highness the Amir, Kuwait continues to play a leading role in humanitarian response efforts across the world and provides a platform for debate and engagement on key humanitarian challenges.

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Joint Statement

31 March 2015
International Committee of the Red Cross
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Geneva / Damascus / Sana'a / Bamako – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is shocked and saddened by three unconnected attacks that took place yesterday against teams performing their humanitarian duties in Yemen, Syria and Mali. Three workers died in the attacks.

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This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 13:30 GMT

by Omar Hasan

The European Union and other donors pledged more than $2 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir called the worst in "modern history".

Stressing the gravity of the situation, UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait to help raise $8.4 billion in aid this year for Syria, where four out of five people were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation".

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Beirut, Lebanon | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 08:45 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said.

IS "executed at least 37 people, including women and children, by burning, beheading, and firing on them" in the village of Mabujeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian state television reported that 44 people were killed and 21 injured in the raid.

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me express, like the Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, my deep gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah for hosting this conference here in the “International Humanitarian Center”.

After four years of conflict, we are at a tipping point. It is clear that the world’s response to the crisis in Syria cannot be business as usual. The situation is becoming unsustainable.

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report IRIN

By Louise Redvers

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By Omar Yusuf

Little pay and few books make teaching a profession for only the truly dedicated.

War has cast its dark shadow over the education system in Aleppo for more than three years now. Learning has become difficult for children living on either side of the lines, in areas held by the regime and its opponents.

Shelling has destroyed many schools, and hundreds of teachers have fled the country.

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On Sunday, during her visit to Jordan, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen discussed a different approach to humanitarian aid, which aims to make assistance provided to Syrian refugees future-proof. ‘There is no solution in sight for the crisis in Syria. For the time being, neighbouring countries will have to continue to take in refugees,’ said the minister.

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29 MARCH 2015

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA was not able to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk on 29 March 2015.

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The Australian Government has today announced it will provide ongoing support for life-saving assistance to help people impacted by the continuing violence in Syria.

Australia will provide an additional $20 million for food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to people in need inside Syria, as well as refugees and their host communities in Lebanon.

The Syrian conflict has entered its fifth year and an estimated 12.2 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria – more than half the country’s pre-war population.

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report IHH

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has delivered food aid to 1,000 Syrian refugee families in Jordan.

The organization has delivered food aid to 1,000 Syrian families living in Zaatari refugee camp and in Mafraq in the north.

IHH Middle East Coordinator Emre Kaya commented that this was only the beginning of their activities in Jordan. "In a couple of days we will deliver aid to thousands of Syrian families" he said.

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Background

• These standard operating procedures (SOPs) establish the roles and responsibilities of government agencies (Family Protection Department (FPD), Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Ministry of Social Development) and UN agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA) and other case management national or international agencies (IRC, IMC, JRF, IFH/NHF) regarding the working procedures for the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) as part of the refugee response in Jordan.