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12 Dec 2018 description

The war in Syria forced Mouhamad El Sheli and his family to flee their bombed-out home in Homs into life as refugees in neighboring Lebanon. “We moved here with no job …meaning we didn’t have anything,” says the 28-year-old father of three young children. “I worked any job, olive picking, construction, any job so we can survive.”

12 Dec 2018 description

Throughout the Middle East region last week, reported fatalities have remained consistent with the week prior, having dropped significantly since the beginning of November. Meanwhile we see a slight rise in overall demonstrations, the majority of which occurred in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Israel. At the same time, the number of reported battles has risen slightly as well, representative of the ongoing offensives by multiple groups in both Yemen and Syria.

12 Dec 2018 description

Spotlight on Progress

While much remains to be done in the Arab States region to better address all forms of modern slavery, some positive steps are being taken. Most notably, after several years of persistent lobbying from international rights groups and worker’s unions, the Government of Qatar has pledged a series of labour reforms to improve the treatment of migrant workers there.

11 Dec 2018 description

“I had very productive meetings with Their Excellencies President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut today.

I briefed the President and the Speaker on developments in connection with tunnels along the Blue Line. This is a serious matter and UNIFIL is working in close coordination with the parties both at the technical level as well as at the leadership level to ensure that all related facts are objectively determined and diligently addressed in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

11 Dec 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$8,328,750
Balance Requested: US$8,328,750

With the Syria crisis continuing into its eighth year, more than half of the population of Syria has been forcibly displaced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times.


1.1. Context

11 Dec 2018 description

Every month, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) reaches 3 million people across all 14 governorates of Syria and 1 million refugees in neighboring host countries with emergency food assistance. FFP has contributed over $2.8 billion in food aid since 2012.


• The UN estimates that 13.1 million people inside Syria need humanitarian assistance. Of those, 10.5 million are food insecure, or unable to meet basic food needs.

11 Dec 2018 description
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UN and partners launch plan to support Syrian refugees and countries hosting them as number of Syrian refugee new-borns reaches one million mark


United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 5.5 billion plan designed to support national efforts in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq deal with the continued impact of the Syria crisis.

11 Dec 2018 description

In Numbers

5.6 million registered Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

37,240 self-organized refugee returns to Syria in 2018

USD 4.0 billion injected into local economies of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey through WFP’s cash-based transfers, local food procurement, and other expenditures since 2012


11 Dec 2018 description


The European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis, the “Madad” Fund, aims to address the longer term economic, educational and social needs of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, as well as helping overstretched host communities.

10 Dec 2018 description



Bien que les conflits entre les États aient considérablement diminué ces dernières années, les conflits au sein des États – auxquels participent fréquemment des acteurs non étatiques – sont en hausse. Par conséquent, des millions de personnes doivent se déplacer et composer avec des possibilités réduites, un accès limité aux services et un avenir incertain.

10 Dec 2018 description

Arabic version

Today, we mark the 70th anniversary of an extraordinary document, the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

10 Dec 2018 description
report Save the Children

Regional Overview

According to UNHCR, 5,253,800 have now fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. 1.4 million of them fled in 2014 alone with an average of more than 3.935 people per day. In 2015 more than 617,188 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,714 per day. In 2017 more than 623,374 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,731 per day.

Children now make up 45% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,354,210 refugee children in the region.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 766 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 13 countries and territories in the MENA region between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

06 Dec 2018 description

The psychosocial impacts of being a refugee are so widespread, they have reached epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, however, mental health for Syrians and other refugees still fails to receive the same recognition or aid that physical epidemics, such as viral diseases, do. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is dedicated to providing continued, ongoing care to meet the long-term needs of those affected.

06 Dec 2018 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • Turkey's enterprising and humanitarian approach cleared a 4,000-square-kilometer area in Syria of Daesh and PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed on steps to implement the agreement on Syria’s Idlib demilitarized zone during their meeting in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.

05 Dec 2018 description


Throughout its history, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been closely associated with life-saving assistance, surgical operations, physical rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, psychosocial support, safer behaviour in environments contaminated by weapons and other efforts to assist the wounded. In times of conflict, this is commonly referred to “war surgery”.