- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Security Council Briefing on Syria - New York, 28 Jan 2015
- Implementation of Security Council resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014) - Report of the Secretary-General (S/2015/48) [EN/AR]
- OCHA: Syria operations from Turkey, Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 11 | 5-16 Jan 2015
Appeals & Funding
- 2015 Strategic Response Plan: Syrian Arab Republic
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Regional Strategic Overview
- UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2015
- Guide to Giving (January 2014)
“THE CURSE OF THE WAR FOLLOWS ME…” AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SPEAKS TO A SYRIAN MAN WHO WAS RESETTLED IN THE NETHERLANDS AFTER FLEEING SYRIA IN 2012.
Mr. President, Distinguished members of the Security Council,
On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.
This eleventh report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), pa ragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary - General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Kobane, Syria | AFP | Wednesday 28/1/2015 - 11:36 GMT
Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: the bloody battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived on the scene Wednesday.
Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier from the Islamic State group on Monday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in their brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.
In March 2014, Houda Mohamad Al Awad fled Syria with her five children. As a female head of household, she now lives in an unfinished building in Dhour El Menieh, in North Lebanon.
The UAE's Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is carrying out a new humanitarian aid operation for thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq's Kurdistan Region as part of the Show Compassion humanitarian campaign (Tarahamu in Arabic).
Teams from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, are continuing efforts to distribute aid to families among Syrian refugees and to those affected by the winter storms that swept the Levant and Iraq, as part of the organisation's ongoing winter campaign, Tarahamu.
2 Community peace halls were donated to refugee host communities
150 Refugees graduate from livelihood programs at two camps
1,120 Refugees receive health education on HIV/AIDS and other topics
4,404 Primary and pre -primary children received learning materials for use at home
Within the joint coordination and cooperation between the Syrian Arab Red Crescent -Damascus branch and “Damascus Water Corporation” and the partners of the International Movement in the implementation of “Damascus emergency water plan”, water and sanitation teams observed the execution of the first phase of the plan (Al Rabwah area) which is installing of 1 new pump profusely 250 Cubic meters/hour and replaced 2 other pumps.
SARC Homs sheltering team completed the first phase of rehabilitating houses in the old city of Homs. The team distributed, set and installed 240 SOKs (shelter kits) from PU.
The team oversaw the work of the carpenters setting and installing windows, doors, and wall insulation in 173 houses. The project targeted the houses of retuning people to BAB Tadmour, Al-Hamidiyya, Bani AlSibae, Jamal Aldeen, and Bostan Aldiwan
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)on October 27, 2014, handed over 15 trucks, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles and 23 protective jackets and helmets to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The donation is part of the WFP ongoing support to enhance the capacity of volunteers to continue to carry out their work of delivering humanitarian assistance across Syria.
Within their endeavors to complete the water project, SARC’s Water & Sanitation Teams and in cooperation with ICRC, carried out various tasks all over the Syrian governorates in Nov, 2014.
The team managed to deliver calibration items, sterilization pills and chlorine pumps in Damascus countryside (Al-Mouadamieh, Barzeh), Al-Swayda, Qounaytera, Homs (Houla, Talbiseh, Al-Rastan), Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
For the fourth day SARC’s Damascus branch disaster teams work in urgent response to an evacuation of 3000 people mostly of women and children. Those people who got out of the Eastern Ghouta and Damascus rural areas were settled in Al-Dwair sheltering center. Therefore, SARC’s teams embarked on evaluating the new comers’ needs and distributing relief items, which are provided by ICRC.
Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders have called on David Cameron to urgently increase the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’.
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/16
The Syrian refugees’ life circumstances in Lebanon are still alarming. Two concerns have even become more serious these weeks than they have been during the rest of the year: the oncoming winter and the insufficient care for chronically ill people are specially challenging for the helping humedica teams and are urging for action.
Facing winter without any protection
The Vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF) and the ProGres (PG) expenditure models provide a statistical formula to predict the expenditures per capita of Syrian refugee families. Both have been developed analyzing large amounts of data to identify the strongest-holding empirical correlations. The variables that best correlate with expenditures per capita are the models predictors. As their name indicates the former model was developed on VAF data, whilst the latter on ProGres data.
Throughout December 2014, Yarmouk and its surrounding areas have seen a serious escalation in armed conflict, with frequent exchanges of fire and use of heavy weapons including by groups inside Yarmouk. The risks faced by UNRWA distribution staff and refugees attempting to collect assistance have increased considerably. As a result, UNRWA was only able to provide successful distribution and health provision on three days between 1 and 31 December. Approximately 400 food parcels are required each day to meet the minimum food needs of this extremely vulnerable population.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
The winter storm that battered the region in early January brought several dozen centimetres of snow, gale-force winds and torrential rain. According to media reports, the freezing storm led to at least five deaths in Gaza and 11 in Syria. For Palestine refugees, the past few weeks have certainly not been a walk in a winter wonderland. In parts of Syria, temperatures dipped to -11°C. For those living in inadequate shelters, this has meant that children in particular are made especially vulnerable to respiratory tract infections and similar illnesses.
Switzerland - This week IOM received USD 3.25 million from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
The assistance, which includes USD 2 million for Lebanon and USD 1.25 million for Jordan, comes from the Global Fund’s Emergency Fund, a special initiative designed to provide quick financing to fight HIV, TB and malaria in emergency situations.