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27 Sep 2018 description

Our analysis shows that millions of ‘people caught in crisis’ - people living in conflict, and/or who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – are in fact being left behind. Failure to take action now means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met, undermining the credibility of the international community and leaving millions to die unnecessarily.

25 Apr 2018 description

As the 6th international conference on the Syria crisis concluded this Wednesday, nine international organisations welcomed the commitments that were made by attendees, and noted the following in reaction to its outcomes:

On aid:

Though the crisis is now in its eighth year, the unmet and growing needs of millions of men, women and children mean that donor countries cannot show any sign of fatigue. This conference did not go nearly far enough to provide adequate support to the millions of Syrians in need of assistance and who are left facing an uncertain future.

23 Apr 2018 description
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Focus on aid, increased pledges and accountability for previous commitments needed, according to eight leading aid agencies.

Donors and governments meeting tomorrow and Wednesday for the Brussels II conference must take the opportunity to bring change for the millions of vulnerable Syrians in their war-torn country and in the region by following through on previous commitments to protect displaced people and fund the aid response.

28 Jan 2016 description


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.

19 Jan 2016 description

Three wishes for the London donor conference on Syria

A month before the world marks the 5th anniversary of the start of the war in Syria the international community will meet in London on 5 February for a high level donor conference to address the humanitarian needs of those affected by the conflict.

This includes 13.5 million vulnerable and displaced people inside Syria, and the 4.2 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.

09 Nov 2015 description
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Aid agencies call for a “New Deal” for Syria’s refugees

The international community must agree a bold new deal for Syria’s refugees if it is serious about tackling the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, seven aid agencies warned today in a new report.

17 Mar 2011 description

By Peter Biro

March 17, 2011 - An International Rescue Committee (IRC) assessment team has returned to Egypt following a three-day visit to the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, amid growing fears of an attack by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi that have taken up positions outside Ajdabiya, only 160 kilometers (100 miles) away.

03 Mar 2011 description

Ras Adjir, Tunisia 03 Mar 2011 -

The IRC's Alan Manski (right) speaks with Egyptian migrant workers who told him they fled Tripoli five days ago and are still waiting to be repatriated to their homeland.

A transit center set up in Tunisia at the Ras Adjir border crossing has become saturated with people who fled the crisis in Libya, increasing the need for improved sanitation and shelter services at the site.

An estimated 90,000 people have crossed into Tunisia in the past 10 days - nearly all of them male migrant laborers who had been working in Libya.

01 Mar 2011 description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deploying emergency experts to Egypt and Tunisia to support relief efforts, as tens of thousands of people stream into the two countries to escape worsening turmoil in Libya.

The UN Refugee Agency says the situation is fast reaching a "crisis point". As many as 140,000 people, mostly foreigners who had been working in Libya, have crossed into Egypt and Tunisia in the past week and many more are on the move.

The IRC's Emergency Response Team leader, Alan Manski, is heading the relief mission to Tunisia.

18 Mar 2008 description


The war that was launched in Iraq five years ago has produced one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. Yet this crisis is largely hidden from the public and ignored by the international community. More than four million Iraqis of different religions, ethnicities and backgrounds are estimated to be uprooted by horrific violence and death and are in dire need of help.