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22 May 2015 description

Turkey’s initiatives at the regional and international level continue in order to ensure a rapid response to the tragedy of thousands of Rohingyas and Bengalis, who, as they were being taken from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Indonesia and Thailand by human traffickers, were stranded in the Andaman Sea in their boats.

In this context, we have pledged 1 million US dollars to the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to be used for humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas and Bengalis.

21 May 2015 description
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Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News Centre

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.

21 May 2015 description
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Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014

The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

20 May 2015 description

AFAD Chief reiterates Turkey’s commitment to helping people around the world at official ceremony.

Istanbul, 19 May 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), which coordinates Turkey’s response to humanitarian crises and disasters, delivered 4 tons of food and medical supplies to Nepal, where two major earthquakes claimed thousands of lives over the past month.

20 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

19 May 2015 description

Civil unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and marked the advent of a refugee crisis which continues to gain momentum. The main receiving countries are Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and to a lesser extent, Egypt and Iraq. The operational environment is challenging and fast-changing. This is a complex regional crisis that combines massive refugee and internal displacements, complicated by competing and divided international, regional and national interests.

19 May 2015 description

Approaching its fifth year, with no sign of a political solution in sight, the scale and complexity of the Syria crisis and the consequent population displacement have had an unprecedented impact on the countries in the region. The conflict in Syria has become the largest humanitarian, development and security crisis of our time.

19 May 2015 description

Djibouti, 18 May 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will ship 2400 food boxes to the people of Yemen, where violent clashes and internal strifes led to major humanitarian consequences. The materials have an estimated market value of $150,000.

AFAD humanitarian workers, who are currently stationed in Djibouti, are working closely with the United Nations and local authorities to ensure that the humanitarian aid will be delivered in a coordinated manner.

15 May 2015 description

Syria - The violence in Syria’s northwestern Idleb governorate bordering Turkey is escalating. According to UNOCHA, by late April an estimated 133,831 people were displaced as a result. IOM is delivering non-food (NFI) relief aid from Damascus and from Gaziantep in Turkey to help people displaced by the fighting.

Since April 2, it has reached almost 27,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) with some 7,950 NFI kits including clothing, blankets, hygiene kits, baby diapers and mosquito nets. 2,000 of the kits were brought in from Turkey.

12 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

12 May 2015 description
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Needs continue to grow across the region, despite border closures there are now almost 4 million Syrian refugees, including over 2 million children. UNICEF has urgent funding needs of US$ 112 million over the next quarter, of which US$ 57 million is for Syria.

12 May 2015 description

Authors: Daryl Grisgraber and Sarnata Reynolds

INTRODUCTION

11 May 2015 description

(New York, 7 May 2015) SRSG Zainab Hawa Bangura conducted her first scoping mission to the Middle East from 16 to 29 April 2015, visiting Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Discussions with survivors and witnesses affirmed that sexual violence is being committed strategically, in a widespread and systematic manner, and with a high-degree of sophistication by most parties to the conflict. All parties in Syria and Iraq, both State and non-State actors, have an obligation under International Humanitarian Law to prevent and punish such crimes.

10 May 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

3.9 million
Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries and North Africa
1.8 million
Refugees and vulnerable members of impacted communities received food assistance in 2015.
282,000
People assisted to access safe drinking water in 2015
175,000
People have benefited from shelter assistance in camp and non‐camp settings in 2015
1 million
People have benefited from the distribution of basic household and core relief items in 2015.

Regional Highlights:

08 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • Syria: IOM, during the month of April, reached out to around 11,174 IDPs through various shelter– related assistance in Hama, Rural Damascus, Homs, and Daraa.

  • Jordan: From 26 to 30 April, IOM participated in the third Sub-national Polio Campaign led by the Ministry of Health targeting children under five years old. Prior to the campaign, IOM teams conducted awareness-raising sessions on polio as well as distributed flyers addressing the key messages of the campaign.

07 May 2015 description
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SITUATION OVERVIEW

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.03 billion. The largest recipient wasSyria, with US$ 465 million, followed by Iraq with US$ 88.6 million. Yemen recently launched a Flash Appeal requesting $273.7 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 17.4% funded with a 82.6% shortfall.

07 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This is the first issue of a monthly Humanitarian Bulletin, bringing together input from the OCHA offices in Syria, Turkey, Jordan, and the Regional Office for the Syria Crisis located in Amman.

  • This first joint Bulletin focuses on access and displacement trends.