Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa related conflict continues to restrict humanitarian access in the Lake Chad Basin region, where an estimated 10.7 million people need assistance and 2.4 million are displaced. At least 7.2 million people need food assistance, especially in inaccessible areas in northeast Nigeria where an estimated 50,000 are experiencing famine-like conditions. Short of funds, in June the World Food Program decreased its target to 1.36 million people to receive rations in northeast Nigeria, from the original 1.8 million.
The United States provided over $7 billion in humanitarian assistance in FY 2016, including more than $3.4 billion from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). These funds provided life-saving assistance and protection to the world’s 22 million refugees, and to millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), conflict victims, stateless persons, and vulnerable migrants.
May 29th marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. More than 3,500 peacekeepers have died since the first mission in 1948. As of April 30, 2017, over 112,000 troops, observers, police, and civilians representing 124 countries were participating in 16 UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKOs) at a cost of $7.87 billion. However, UN peacekeeping represents only one part of the international community’s investment toward the prevention of relapse into violent conflict.
As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon remains one of the world’s worst. Syrian refugees comprise approximately one fifth of Lebanon’s population which, combined with 450,000 registered Palestinian refugees, represents the highest per-capita refugee population in the world. The 1,011,366 registered Syrian refugees and as many, if not more, vulnerable Lebanese present a complex challenge for the government and humanitarian community.
Total number of Syrian refugees in the region: 5,069,463 (UNHCR, Government of Turkey May 11, 2017)
13.5 million people are estimated to be in need of assistance in Syria, including more than 6.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), in addition to significant reported displacement since Sep. 2016. (Source: UN OCHA, Sep. 2016)