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15 Mar 2017 description

Growing up, I have witnessed war and conflict happening in various countries surrounding me, and I have asked myself one question: “If I had five minutes to pack my bag and flee my country, what are the most important things I would take with me?”

Years have passed and as an employee with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) I am now honoured to be working closely with Syrian refugees who fled their country. I decided to ask them about their memories, what they managed to bring with them. Or just the photographic images they kept in their minds and hearts.

15 Mar 2017 description

As war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to go unpunished in Syria, an Amnesty International campaign marking the sixth anniversary of the crisis calls on world leaders to take immediate action to deliver justice, truth and reparation to the millions of victims of the conflict.

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WHO: UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Humanitarian Envoy Ahmed Al-Meraikhi
WHAT: Mission to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon
WHEN: 16-22 March 2017
WHERE: Ankara, Gaziantep, Amman, Beirut, and field visits

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Humanitarian Envoy Ahmed Al-Meraikhi will visit Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon from 16 to 22 March 2017 to see first-hand the magnitude of the Syria Crisis ahead of the Brussels Conference on 5 April.

15 Mar 2017 description

In Numbers

10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)

18 governorates affected

3 million people displaced (IOM)

938,000 people food insecure (WFP, CFSVA)

233,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)

Highlights

  • In January 2017, WFP provided monthly food assistance for 1.6 displaced Iraqis. A further 310,000 people received ready-to-eat Immediate Response Rations (IRRs).

15 Mar 2017 description

In Numbers

13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance

6.3 million people internally displaced

9 million people in need of food assistance

Highlights

  • WFP dispatched food assistance for 3.54 million people. About 30 percent of the assistance was delivered to highconflict areas through cross-border, cross-line and air deliveries.

15 Mar 2017 description

15 MARCH 2017 | GENEVA - This week the conflict in Syria enters its seventh year. Over the past 6 years access to health services for the civilian population in the country has seriously deteriorated. More than half of public hospitals and primary health centres in Syria have either closed or are only partially functioning. Almost two-thirds of health care workers have fled. Many health care facilities that are open lack clean water, electricity, and sufficient medical and surgical supplies.

15 Mar 2017 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

15 Mar 2017 description

“On the sixth anniversary of Syria’s conflict, we must remember those who are suffering most from this calamity – the 4.9 million refugees, the 6.3 million people displaced internally, and the millions more inside Syria living in daily fear of this war and the inhumanity it has created.

Syria is at a crossroads. Unless drastic measures are taken to shore up peace and security, the situation will worsen.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Christian Aid

With ongoing bombardment in and around Damascus and countless people trapped in besieged areas throughout Syria, Christian Aid asks world leaders to act now to end the horrors, and reaffirms its call for an immediate and lasting ceasefire.

Frances Guy, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, said: “Today, six years on we owe Syrians under siege and under fire, the respect of remembering their daily horrors and urging world leaders to put in that extra effort to bring an end to this suffering.”

15 Mar 2017 description

15 March 2017 – “There is still suffering and much pain - but what keeps us going on is our courage to hope and our continued resilience.” These are the words of Lola Mousa, who originally hails from the countryside near the city of Homs in Syria.

15 Mar 2017 description

AMMAN, JORDAN/NEW YORK—Six years into the war in Syria, civilians continue to suffer from a brutal conflict that has precipitated a complex humanitarian crisis, with ever-mounting suffering and millions without access to basic health care. In the face of these colossal needs, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reiterates its call to warring groups to allow access to Syria to provide medical assistance to the victims of war.

15 Mar 2017 description

The Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura condemns terrorist attacks in Damascus that took place today, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. These attacks have claimed the lives of innocent civilians. They are also plainly designed to spoil attempts to sustain political talks.

14 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
MORNING
14 March 2017

The Human Rights Council this morning held a high-level panel discussion on the situation of human rights in Syria, focusing on the issue of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention, and the need for accountability for related violations and abuses.

14 Mar 2017 description

Toronto, ON- There has been an alarming rise in cases of the measles in Ghouta, Syria. According to EWARN, there have been 121 cases in the past two months, compared to 50 cases in the past two years.

14 Mar 2017 description

Strasbourg, 14 March 2017

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria.

14 Mar 2017 description

United Nations Human Rights Council
34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 14 March 2017

M. le Président
Excellencies,

The Syrian conflict will soon enter its seventh year. I repeat, its seventh year. After six years of the most brutal violence in recent history, there is no Syrian man, woman or child without a story of loss to share. Lost parents, lost children, lost homes, lost hope. Many have lost all of the above.

14 Mar 2017 description

Handicap International has been working to support Syrians impacted by the ongoing crisis since 2011. Over the years, the conflict has reached unimaginable levels of brutality. At the center of this spiral of violence is the issue of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and its disastrous consequences on civilians. Mélanie Broquet, Handicap International's program monitoring and coordination manager explains:

WHAT'S THE SITUATION IN SYRIA AFTER SIX YEARS OF FIGHTING?