- Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 18 Feb 2015
- UNFPA: Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis Issue No. 29 Period covered: 1-31 Jan 2015
- UNHCR thematic update: Winter Assistance - Syria and Iraq Situations (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria) 26 Jan 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Turkey
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
As the world marks International Women’s Day this Sunday, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement calls for greater efforts to protect and support women and girls, who are exposed to multiple forms of violence due to the conflict in Syria and who badly need access to critical healthcare services. Women are playing a vital role in helping families and communities survive this enduring trauma, now entering its fifth year, and they deserve far greater support and encouragement.
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.
By Omar Yusuf
Ninety-day stay now being enforced, and breaking the rules can lead to a re-entry bar. Tighter restrictions affecting Syrians crossing in and out of Turkey are making life difficult for those who have fled the four-year armed conflict.
Under new rules which came into force on January 1, Syrians can only remain in Turkey for a maximum of 90 days without a permit. They must then spend a minimum of 90 days back in Syria before returning to Turkey again. Those wanting to stay longer in Turkey must either get a temporary residence permit or register as refugees.
This report outlines progress and challenges in reaching people in need of food in Syria’s hard-to-reach areas. WFP continues its efforts to expand deliveries through a combination of
i) regular deliveries – transporting food within the same area of control;
ii) cross-line deliveries – transporting food from one area of control to another, negotiating the crossing of commodities over one or several lines of active conflict; and
iii) cross-border deliveries – using the four border crossings authorized by the UN Security Council Resolutions 2165 and 2191.
General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015
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Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Briefing this Council in 2013, I said the Syrian war had unleashed the worst humanitarian crisis of our times and posed a terrible threat to regional and global peace and security – risking an explosion that could engulf the entire Middle East.
Today, we must face the fact that this is exactly what happened.
After several months of intense fighting, the city of Kobane is now under the control of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) / the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) – the main Syrian Kurdish armed movement. Thousands of civilians that had fled to Turkey are now attempting to cross the Turkish border to return home. However, the city is reported to have been left with explosive devices, booby traps and remnants of war.
1 . This twelfth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014), 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.
Syria - Humanitarian situation and conflict (ECHO, NGOs, Media)
On 23 February, ISIL forces kidnapped about 90 villagers including women and children after seizing the villages of Tal Shamiram and Tal Hermuz in north-east Syria according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. The abductions took place when ISIL attacked a number of largely Assyrian Christian villages along the banks of the Khabour river in Al-Hassakeh governorate.
7394th Meeting (PM)
Neighbours Seek Burden-Sharing for Swelling Numbers of Refugees
The Security Council today heard strong and sustained pleas to demonstrate leadership to end the barbaric and brutal warfare in Syria, as two senior United Nations officials briefed the 15-member body on the wider consequences of a conflict that entered its fifth year.
Turkey is hosting more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees. Even though official registration allows refugees – of whom roughly 70% are women and children – to access primary education free of charge, around 100 000 children are out of school in Turkey. UNICEF, with EU Children of Peace funding, has established an incentive scheme for teachers to help provide quality education to refugee children.
"It was like a festival," says Raid Ramadan, a Syrian teacher now teaching Syrian refugees in Turkey.
FACTS & FIGURES
Population: 18.2 million (ESCWA 2013)
15.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance:
12.2 million in Syria (7.6 million of which are internally displaced)
3.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa
UN Appeals for 2015:
$2.9 billion Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 (SRP) 0% funded* (*as of 12th January, OCHA)
On February 24, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 6 million US dollars through international organizations including the World Food Programme (WFP) in support of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), etc. affected by cold wave.
Now that "Islamic State" fighters have been pushed out of Kobani, the first refugees are crossing over the Turkish border to return to the destroyed city - and those Syrians who stayed. Kamal Sheikho reports from Kobani.