Only scaled-up donor support can spare a generation the impact of Syrian conflict
AMMAN, Jordan, 2 February 2016 – The future of a generation of Syrian children and youth is in jeopardy unless donors meeting in London this week prioritise the funding needed to get them back to school, say aid agencies leading the response to the brutal conflict ravaging the country.
The devastation inside Syria continues after almost five years of conflict. Syrians are now facing the largest humanitarian and protection crisis in the world.
Families have been forced from their homes, livelihoods have been destroyed and the social fabric of a whole country torn apart as a result of the relentless violence and disruption to access and delivery of basic services.
As the Syria crisis enters into its sixth year in March 2016, a total of 5.4 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria (of whom 2.1 million are out of school) and 1.4 million Syrian refugee children and youth in the five host countries (50 per cent of whom are out of school) are in need of educational assistance.
**Total affected population**: 13.5 million
Total affected children (under 18): 6 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 12 million
Total children to be reached in 2016: 5.3 million
2016 programme targets
- 4,608,600 people served with safe water through repair/rehabilitation and augmentation of systems
- More than 1.5 million people benefitted from access to improved life-saving emergency WASH services/facilities
Inside Syria UNICEF has supported 7.9 million people to access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation services, of these people 2.6 million resided in hard to reach locations. In response to winter, increasing fuel prices and poorly insulated IDP shelters, UNICEF has so far reached 401,000 children with winter kits, blankets and school heating supplies. Of children reached with winter and summer materials in 2015 113,000 live in hard to reach areas.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
• A second joint UN/ ICRC/ Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy reached Madaya in Rural Damascus on Thursday 14 of January with 45 trucks delivering an additional 221 tons of supplies including food rations, winter clothes, WASH and health supplies to meet the critical needs of 40,000 people inside Madaya.
• Simultaneously, 18 trucks of supplies also reached the towns of Foah and Kafraya in Idlib. Since the convoy was unaccompanied, little information is available about the situation of communities in these areas.
DAMASCUS, 15 January 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the access granted to trapped children this week and can confirm that cases of severe malnutrition were found among children in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya following our participation in the second joint UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent/ICRC humanitarian mission to the area on Thursday.
“UNICEF is particularly saddened and shocked to have witnessed the death of Ali, a severely malnourished 16-year-old boy who passed away in the town’s clinic in front of our eyes.
Joint statement Dr. Ala Alwan WHO Regional Director and Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director
AMMAN/CAIRO, 14 January 2016 – This week’s delivery of urgently-needed humanitarian supplies to the besieged communities of Madaya, Foua’a and Kafraya is a welcome step for a population in desperate need.
By Rafik ElOuerchefani
A relief convoy to a Syrian town cut off by conflict finds residents barely surviving – a shock even to aid workers who see suffering every day.
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 12 January 2016 – “A heartbreaking scene like I have never seen before,” said UNICEF Representative in the Syrian Arab Republic Hanaa Singer, describing the crowds of people in Madaya, as a humanitarian convoy arrived in the town.
By Juliette Touma
A suburb in the city of Homs in Syria has returned to the headlines. Just a few weeks ago, an agreement was reached to finally put the guns down in Al-Wa’er and allow relief agencies to deliver humanitarian assistance to an area not reached for almost two years.
Al-Wa’er always brings vivid memories.
It’s spring 2013 and I’m in Al-Wa’er with UNICEF.