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01 Apr 2015 description

Baltimore, MD — As the security and humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria, continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting this past weekend, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits, and personal care items to displaced Idlib families who have fled to the Syrian port city of Lattakia.

01 Apr 2015 description
report World Vision
  • Increase in refugees outpacing humanitarian funding by four to one

  • Refugees and host communities are increasingly unable to cope

Children facing their fifth year of war need to be the focus of a major conference for Syria this week.

31 Mar 2015 description

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 31, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samanatha Power announced today at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait that the United States will provide nearly $508 million in additional life-saving assistance to benefit those affected by the war in Syria. This is the largest announcement of funding the United States has made for this humanitarian crisis, which demonstrates the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent needs.

31 Mar 2015 description

31.03.2015

On 31 March, Kuwait will host the third international donor conference to raise funds for humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees. At the conference, the Federal Government will make available 255 million euro in new aid. On the fringe of today's negotiations in Lausanne on Iran's nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said:

31 Mar 2015 description

KUWAIT, 31st March, 2015 (WAM) -- The UAE has announced to provide an additional AED367 million in aid to support the humanitarian relief in response to the crisis in Syria.

31 Mar 2015 description

Summary: 31 March 2015 - The European Union significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to € 1.1 billion - double the overall EU pledge at the 2014 Conference. Of this, €500 million in humanitarian aid, early recovery and longer-term stabilisation assistance come from the EU budget, which nearly triples the contribution from last year. EU Member States also increased their pledges compared to 2014.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Thousands of children and families have been forced from their homes in the latest round of fighting in Idlib and many more may have to flee as public services have all but collapsed.

Our staff have already documented almost 15,000 people who have fled their homes and it’s feared that thousands more could seek refuge in other parts of the country because of further attacks and destroyed infrastructure.

Staff who were in Idlib say schools and hospitals are closed and only a few shops remain open.

Devastating effects

31 Mar 2015 description
report Oxfam

“While some donors have been generous in Kuwait, the total aid pledged is less than half the amount needed this year to help people in desperate humanitarian need. Unless more donor countries massively step up in the wake of the conference, the increasing numbers of people fleeing their homes and struggling to survive will be less and less likely to receive assistance. What does the international community expect millions of Syrians to survive on?

31 Mar 2015 description

(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.

31 Mar 2015 description

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

31 Mar 2015 description
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.

31 Mar 2015 description
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.

31 Mar 2015 description

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.

31 Mar 2015 description

Kuwait City, Kuwait | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 17:55 GMT

by Omar Hasan

International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation".

"The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time," he said.

31 Mar 2015 description

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.