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Headlines (last 30 days)
- UNICEF: Afghanistan sees three-fold increase in attacks on schools in one year – UNICEF. 28 May 2019
- UN News: About 600,000 Afghan children face death from malnutrition without emergency funds. 24 May 2019
- IOM: A third of Afghans have migrated or been displaced since 2012: IOM. 21 May 2019
Most read reports
- UNAMA: UN: Civilian population in Afghanistan must be protected from harm. 9 Jun 2019
- IOM: IOM - Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) Weekly Report (29 May - 11 June 2019). 17 Jun 2019
- IPS: Afghan Schools Left Unprotected by Government & International Community. 6 Jun 2019
- DFID: Over five million Afghans to receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- USAID: Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation. 17 Jun 2019
Published: September 29, 2015
USIP President, Nancy Lindborg, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Good morning and thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and other members of the committee, for this opportunity to discuss the U.S. role and strategy in the Middle East in the midst of an escalating humanitarian crisis. Your attention to this complex and protracted crisis is important and very much appreciated.
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
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The humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) is extremely challenging and continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace with more than 6.8 million Syrians (the majority internally displaced) now requiring humanitarian assistance.
The Syrian conflict has resulted in the world's largest humanitarian and security disaster. Humanitarian needs and displacement continue to increase. An entire generation of children has been exposed to war, violence and death, and has been deprived of basic freedoms, protection and education.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and find solutions to refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
- An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees
86.9% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. 59.6% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 69.1% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 40.1% of the 13,010 Iraqi families registered are female-headed households.
- An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees
87.5% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. 59.7% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 69.8% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 38.8% of the 14,147 Iraqi families regis-tered are female-headed households.
An overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees
88% of refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Syria are from Iraq. 60.3% come from the region of Baghdad alone and 69.7% sought refuge in Syria five or more years ago. 38.45 of the 14,426 Iraqi families registered are female-headed households.
Several thousand non-Iraqi refugees
- Approximately 1.2 million houses have been damaged or destroyed in Syria
- Relief organizations prepare for disease outbreaks in Syria and in neighboring countries
- USG partner supplies Aleppo bakeries with flour
- Fighting displaces Syrians in Aleppo’s Sheikh Maqsud district
• Humanitarian actors are balancing their response efforts with promoting emergency preparedness in the MENA region.
• Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) and other common appeals have been revised to reflect changes in humanitarian needs in 2013.
There are revised appeals for Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, totalling US$ 2.1 billion and targeting 24.8 million people in need.
Humanitarian actors in the MENA region seek to foster greater collaboration, emphasizing the importance of partnerships and recognizing the value in diverse humanitarian approaches.
The number of Syrian refugees in Egypt has increased significantly since June 2012. The UN and humanitarian partners are seeking to address their main protection concerns.
Funding shortfalls are undermining the ongoing humanitarian response in Pakistan, with aid agencies cutting critical life-saving assistance.
Needs in Syria increased to an estimated 2.5 million people and the number of refugees has doubled since July. Whilst humanitarian agencies have scaled up, these efforts are being undermined by funding shortfalls.
The government of Iran led the humanitarian response to two earthquakes that left 300 dead, 2600 njured and over 150,000 affected.