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World + 21 others
CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

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Syria: Emergency Response Fund (as of 7 April 2014)

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

Since its inception in March 2012, the ERF has received $73.8 million. To date, the ERF has allocated $55 million for 168 projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The total ERF balance is $18.8 million. 10 Projects amounting to $4.7 million are currently under review. If approved, the ERF balance will stand at $14.1 million.

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Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Statement on Syria

(New York, 10 April 2014) Yesterday’s deadly car bomb attacks on a shopping street in Homs remind us again of the contempt the parties to this conflict show for human life. More than twenty people were killed and more than one hundred injured, including women and children going about their daily business. Two volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were among the injured as they arrived in an ambulance to treat people hurt in the first blast, and were caught in the second.

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Lebanon + 1 other
UN Humanitarian Chief calls for greater support for affected Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon

(Beirut/New York, 4 April 2014) UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos ended her visit to Lebanon today calling for greater support for the people of Lebanon who are experiencing increasing challenges as a result of the Syria crisis, as well as continuing support to Syrian refugees. As the crisis enters its fourth year, Lebanon is now home to a million registered Syrian refugees, about half of them children.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Syria Issue 45 | 13 – 26 March 2014 [EN/AR]

Limited access enabled aid to reach besieged and previously inaccessible areas. Rapid site observations and a preliminary assessment show that the humanitarian situation is dire across all sectors.

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Syrian Arab Republic: 2011-2013 CERF allocations (as of 19 March 2014)

More than 9 million people need aid and protection inside Syria and another 2.5 million Syrians have fled to other countries in the region.
Since the crisis began in 2011, CERF has allocated US$134 million to Syria and neighbouring countries that have been affected by the crisis. UN agencies and IOM in Syria have received more than $80.6 million in CERF funds. An additional $53.4 million has gone to relief agencies supporting Syrians who have fled to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos Statement to the Press on Syria - 28 March 2014

Valerie Amos told the Security Council today that that the situation for millions of desperate people in Syria had not improved. Only six per cent of the people living in besieged areas have received assistance in the past month.

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Cross-border aid convoy arrives in northern Syria

The first eight trucks of a UN humanitarian convoy have arrived in northern Syria, having crossed from Turkey. The trucks – carrying food, blankets, mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies – are being unloaded at UN warehouses in Qamishli, in Syria’s far north-east.

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Humanitarian aid crosses border from Nusaybin, Turkey to Qamishli, Syria

The convoy is a tangible illustration of the impact of Security Council Resolution 2139, which clearly articulated the requirement for both cross-border and cross-line access to millions of Syrian civilians.

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Note to Correspondents : Aid convoy starting from Nusaybin in Turkey to Qamishly in Syria

(Nusaybin, Turkey, 20 March 2014) The United Nations confirms that a convoy carrying vital aid supplies for hundreds of thousands of people desperately in need in the north of Syria is leaving the Turkish border crossing at Nusaybin today, bound for the city of Qamishli. The convoy contains food supplies, blankets and mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies from the World Food Programme, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration.

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6 facts at the start of the 4th year of Syria’s conflict

The civil war enters a fourth year this week, with 9 million people needing aid and protection inside Syria. A further 2.5 million have fled the country.

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Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Statement on Syria

(New York, 15 March 2014): Three years after the start of Syria’s conflict, we estimate that more than 9 million people need aid and protection inside Syria and another 2.5 million have fled the country. The humanitarian consequences of the fighting are staggering and despite our best efforts, aid workers are struggling to reach everyone who needs help. An estimated 3.5 million people are living in 'hard-to-reach' areas and have received very little aid.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Syria Issue 44 | 27 February – 12 March 2014 [EN/AR]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ceasefires enable delivery of humanitarian assistance and return of civilians.

  • Fourth round of polio ‘national immunisation days’ campaign reaches almost 2.8 million children

  • More than 3.65 million people receive food assistance

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“It was a day from hell”

This week marks three years since the crisis in Syria began. The UN estimates that 9 million people in Syria need aid, including 3.5 million people living in areas where aid groups cannot reach them.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 February 2014) [EN/AR]

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Iraq + 2 others
Middle East and North Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 12 | January - February 2014 [EN/AR]

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian agencies seek to address Iraq’s multiple humanitarian and protection challenges. The scale of need, however, currently outweighs the level of available resources.

  • OCHA, LAS and OIC aim to shed light on the humanitarian emergency in Mauritania.
    Chronic poverty and limited access to basic services have created high levels of vulnerability.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Lebanon: South Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Southern Lebanon consists of two governorates: South Lebanon (Saida, Jezzine and Tyre) and El Nabatieh (El Nabatieh, Hasbaya, Marjaayoun and Bent Jbeil). The area was severely affected by the 2006 war. The influence of the central government is relatively weak in the South. However, the private sector and faith and political groups play an important role.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Lebanon: Beirut and Mount Lebanon Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Governorates of Beirut (20 km²) and Mount Lebanon (1,984 km²) are the main urban areas of Lebanon. Mount Lebanon is divided into six districts: Baabda, Aley, Matn, Keserwan, Chouf and Jbeil.

Home of half of Lebanon’s population, Beirut and Mount Lebanon make up the center of the country’s most of social, economic, political and cultural activities. The majority of trade and industrial activities are also concentrated in the area. The governorates also include 10 per cent of Lebanon’s agricultural land.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Lebanon: Bekaa Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Bekaa valley, with a lenght of 120 km and width of 16 km, represents 42% of Lebanon’s area. It is divided into three main areas. North Bekaa, composed of Baalbek and Hermel, has been relatively marginalised which has left conditions ripe for smuggling activities. Central Bekaa (Zahle) is considered the economic hub of Bekaa. It is also hosts the largest official border crossing, Masnaa. West Bekaa and Rachaya have a relatively greater sense of security than the rest of Bekaa.

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