- Syrian Arab Republic: Jib Al-Shaair/Ar-Raqqa Flash Update No. 1 (25 April 2017)
- UNHCR Flash update on recent events - 20 April 2017
- OCHA Turkey/Syria: Four Towns Evacuations (as of 20 April 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview Interactive HNO site
- 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
- Guide to Giving (January 2014)
Humanitarian crises pose a formidable development challenge. While the nature and incidences of these crises vary significantly, they affect millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. Some populations are displaced from their communities or countries as a result of crises; others stay where they are, by choice or necessity. Forced displacement is becoming more common with the number of individuals displaced by conflict or violence peaking at 65.3 million in 2015, and an additional 25.4 million people displaced every year due to natural disasters and climate-related events.
STOCKHOLM, 26 April 2017
As Syria’s warring parties take stock of US President Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike and of his warnings against the use of chemical weapons, the dominant theme seems to be one of confusion. Has Trump’s policy toward Syria changed, or was the missile attack strictly about deterrence? If so, what was it intended to deter, and what would cause Trump to strike again?
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The civil war in Syria has been going on for six years. The civilians are horribly affected from the events. According to official numbers over 400.000 people lost their lives. The relief aid cannot be delivered to 1.5 million people living in 20 areas around the country. Especially children, women and elderly are trying to survive despite death risk due to hunger.
Disaster Management Teams in SARC- Hama branch responded to the families displaced from the northern and north-western countryside of Hama (Maardes, Majdal, Qumhanih, Mhardah, khattab, Al-Sheeha, Al-Sheer and marzaf). SARC Hama had prepared a temporary shelter centers for these families, and organized all needed distributions process of various relief aid items like: food parcels, canned food, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets and solar power lights.
During the first half of April 2017 SARC’s Disasters Management Unit – Damascus Branch distributed a total of 3350 Hygiene Kits for Special Needs at the Maysat center in Damascus.
The number of beneficiaries was 850 newborns, children and 2,500 elderly, provided by the German Red Cross, in addition to 350 health baskets provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Displacement from west Mosul continues to surge, reaching 382,000 displaced as of 25 April.
Over half of destroyed or heavily damaged sites in Mosul are residential.
Mandatory return orders halted in Anbar.
Military operations to retake western Anbar from ISIL could displace up to 60,000 people.
Over half of IHPF partners are now national NGOs
People fleeing Mosul hostilities exceed 500,000
The conflict in Syrian entered its 7th year in March, as the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey grew to nearly 3 million. The month also marked one year since the implementation of the EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement, which sharply curtailed the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe.
UNICEF established more than 100 pre-primary classrooms in 76 temporary education centres (TECs), providing increased access to early childhood education for over 7,500 Syrian and other refugee children aged 3-5.
On April 23, 2017, Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered humanitarian relief aid to Al-Yarmouk Camp area in south Damascus.
The relief aid consisted of 300 food parcels, 300 hygiene kits provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
1. The present report is the thirty-eighth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of resolution 2332 (2016), 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.
The attacks came as Syria's air force and Russian jets intensified their bombardment of Idlib
BEIRUT, April 25 (Reuters) - Syrian or Russian air strikes killed more than a dozen people and severely damaged a hospital in and around a town in rebel-held Idlib province on Tuesday, local medical workers and a monitoring group said.
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Although China doesn't have laws recognising refugees, it grants visas to people from war-torn countries who can afford to live there
YIWU, China, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Europe and the United States crack down on migrants from the Middle East and Africa, China is welcoming those with money with the boomtown of Yiwu, known as "Christmas Town", luring business-savvy Syrians, Yemeni, Libyans and Iraqis.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Apr 2017): 4,900
Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2017: 892
Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 39
Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 49
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 17
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Apr 2017: 689
Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
146 dead - 51 missing (Dec. 2016)
WFP distributed the one millionth school snack in March. The event was marked at the Sin El Fil Third school in Beirut and was attended by the Director General of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
As of 23 April, SDF-advances in northern Ar-Raqqa had displaced an estimated 39,000 people to Jib Al-Shaair makeshift camp in Ar-Raqqa governorate.
Although the IDPs have since been relocated to a better equipped camp south of Ein Issa, as many as 21,000 new IDPs are expected to arrive to Jib Al-Shaair in the coming days.
The UN has dispatched readyto-eat food rations, shelter items and non-food items, and hygiene kits to Jin Al-Shaair, and continues to monitor the situation on the ground.
WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs
The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.
It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.
The six-year war in Syria has killed nearly 500,000 people, uprooted half of the country’s population and blighted the economic mainstay of agriculture in one of the world’s earliest centers of farming. Mercy Corps has stepped in to help farmers feed their communities again and give displaced persons the means to raise their own food.
OTTAWA, Canada – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised Canada today for providing solutions to the plight of a record 46,700 refugees through their resettlement to Canada in 2016. This is the largest amount of refugees admitted in a year since the implementation of the 1976 Immigration Act and a significant contribution to UNHCR’s global appeal to increase much needed refugee solutions.