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12 Dec 2017 description

Amman/Geneva, 12 December 2017 – United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

12 Dec 2017 description

Hassan Al-Hassan, a Syrian farmer in his 50s known to the locals as Abu Hasan, remembers how difficult it had been in the past few years in the village of al-Rabeha in the southern governorate of Homs. “The situation in these areas was extremely harsh. Due to lack of water, we could hardly produce anything,” said Abu Hasan.

12 Dec 2017 description

Weekly picks


Ongoing military clashes in the north and east of Hama have displaced over 90,000 people since October. Oqeirbat, As-Saan and Hamra districts are the most affected.

Most IDPs were displaced to northwestern governorates, particularly Idlib. IDP sites in northwestern governorates report cross-sectoral needs that are likely to be exacerbated by the onset of winter.

Reported needs include widespread shortages of fuel, food, drinking water, and lack of adequate medical care and sanitation.

12 Dec 2017 description

Water in MENA: ripple effects in times of conflict

Water has always been a major problem in the MENA region. Despite high production levels, unsustainable management practices and inequality of access have persisted. UNICEF has estimated that at least 52 million people in MENA were deprived of access to an improved water source before 2010.

12 Dec 2017 description

Amman – The psychological effects of the six-year-long Syrian conflict have been devastating for many of those affected. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is helping enhance psychosocial support to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Today (12/12) in Amman, front-line officers working with refugees will complete a three-day psychosocial support training, which aimed to improve the capacity of frontline protection and health workers to incorporate mental health and psychosocial support in their work.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Theirworld

Classrooms have been closed for almost a month now since the area came under heavy bombardment - on top of a four-year siege

Abdurahman Salah has one burning ambition.

"I'd love to become a teacher to educate children at a school that is always open - and they all become teachers and well educated," said the 13-year-old.

Sadly, Abdurahman's school and many other others in Eastern Ghouta are closed - shut down by the continuing and intense violence that has hit the district just a few miles outside the Syrian capital Damascus.

12 Dec 2017 description


December 12, 2017

AMMAN / GENEVA - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

12 Dec 2017 description

Shipment of the humanitarian aid with baby milk was delivered by a Czech Army plane to Syria on December 11, 2017. The delivery was organized in cooperation of Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence and Administration of State Material Reserves. Almost 3,7 tons of baby milk worth 650 thousand CZK were handed over to the representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). This organization is operating on the major part of the Syrian territory, even in difficult conditions caused by the ongoing conflict.

12 Dec 2017 description

In November 2017, the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller, travelled to Gaziantep and to Kilis in Turkey near the border with Syria. She went to witness for herself the challenges involved in delivering aid to Syria from Turkey, as well as to meet with Turkish refugee hosts and displaced Syrian women and children as they recover and rebuild their lives.

11 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Amman, Jordan, 11 Dec 2017 — A contribution of US$2.9 million from Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) earlier this year in May 2017 is helping UNICEF in providing critical educational support to Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

11 Dec 2017 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Handicap International (HI) call attention to the needs of an estimated 3 million people in the Syrian Arab Republic living with injuries and disabilities, and call on the international community to scale up its support for their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

11 Dec 2017 description


  • On 10 December, 4,484 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, with 4,210 housed in 18 governmental centres.

  • The Joint Assessments of Government Centres on the websites of the Serbian Commissionner for Refugees and Migrats, UNHCR Global and UNHCR Serbia were updated for November.

11 Dec 2017 description

The Commission announced additional humanitarian aid for two major projects through the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, that both work by providing monthly transfers via debit card.

The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) which is implemented by the World Food Programme will receive €650 million. A further €50 million will boost the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project implemented by UNICEF.

11 Dec 2017 description

An additional 50,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan will receive much needed assistance this winter UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.

Thanks to the latest generous USD5 million contribution from Kuwait, UNHCR will be able to include another 14,300 Syrian refugee families in Jordan into its essential winter cash assistance programme. In preparation for 2017/2018 winter UNHCR and partners are aiming to provide support to more than 1.6 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middles East.

11 Dec 2017 description


Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world, hosting over 3.4 million. Most of them are Syrian – by September 2017 the number of Syrians had reached 3,181,537 – while the remaining 330,000 are from Afghanistan and Iraq and a smaller proportion from Iran and Somalia .

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

  • Some 6.5 million people are food insecure and a further 4 million are at risk – twice as many as last year – due to asset depletion to maintain food consumption.

  • Within Syria, 6.3 million people are displaced, while 5.3 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The continuing crisis has led to new displacements in northeast Syria (Ar-Raqqa and Deir-Ez-Zor governorates), as well as Hama, Aleppo and Idleb governorates.

11 Dec 2017 description

Location: Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus City, Al-Mujtahed neighborhood

HF Name & Type: Damascus hospital - MoH (Al-Mujtahed)

Incident: Among several mortars hit Damascus today, one mortar reportedly hit Damascus hospital - MoH (Al-Mujtahed), which hit the roof of the cardiac ICU.

  • Another mortar hit the street near the fence of the hospital.

Prior Health Facility condition: Intact, fully functioning, Inpatient capacity is 412 actual beds including 42 ICU beds.

11 Dec 2017 description


  • With 2 million people food insecure, ongoing military conflicts, and winter approaching, the plight of millions of Iraqis, many of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, might worsen.

  • Military operations and instability in places such as western Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din, Erbil and Ninewa have forced 2.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) to leave their homes. While 2.6 million have returned, many others have abandoned their farms and agriculture-based livelihoods.