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20 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 20 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.


20 Mar 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 12,983 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 11 weeks of 2018, with about 47 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (30%) Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 21,058 at this point in 2017.

20 Mar 2018 description

The GenCap Project, established in 2007 under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), aims to strengthen the capacity of humanitarians to undertake gender equality programming in humanitarian action. The IASC Gender Marker is the key tool used by the humanitarian community to assess how gender is incorporated in humanitarian projects.

20 Mar 2018 description

Key Sector Objectives

Protection $223 Million

Access to territory and protection: Syrian refugees are able to access the territory and receive effective protection under the temporary protection legal framework.

Community based protection (CBP): Community members are able to identify and lead the process to implement protection solutions, with particular attention to facilitating the participation of most at-risk groups and individuals.

20 Mar 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is alarmed by a further deepening of the humanitarian crisis in Syria as fierce fighting in Eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus and Afrin in the country’s northwest causes massive new displacement.

20 Mar 2018 description
report PAX, The Syria Institute

Executive Summary

This report is the ninth in a series of quarterly reports by Siege Watch – a joint initiative of PAX and The Syria Institute that aims to provide the international community with timely and accurate information on conditions in Syria’s besieged communities. This report focuses on developments from November 2017

– January 2018. Data collected during the quarter from an extensive network of contacts on the ground found that:

20 Mar 2018 description
report Theirworld

They were hiding in a basement when three missiles hit the school in Arbin, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Fifteen children were killed when an air strike in Syria's Eastern Ghouta hit a school basement they were using as a bomb shelter, reports have said.

Two women also died and about 50 people were injured in the raid in Arbin late last night, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

20 Mar 2018 description
report UN News Service

Les Nations Unies ont octroyé lundi 6,5 millions de dollars pour répondre aux besoins des personnes les plus vulnérables qui ont trouvé refuge au Liban.

Sept ans après son éclatement, la crise syrienne a eu un profond impact humanitaire, socio-économique et politique sur le Liban et ses habitants. Le pays accueille 1,5 million de Syriens et plusieurs centaines de milliers de réfugiés palestiniens.

20 Mar 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight



11 February 2018: In Harar city, East Hararghe zone, Harari region, a clash between security forces and youth in Hamaressa camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) led to the death of four individuals, and some injuries. Source: The Reporter


20 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

It is a day associated with new beginnings, but for a growing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, marriage has become a trap.

Strapped for cash, unfamiliar with the laws of the land and often restricted in their ability to find someone to conduct the marriage, growing numbers of couples are tying the knot illegitimately.

The implications are profound, with consequences reverberating across generations and the country. Children of such unions risk being left without status and rights.

Rushed into marriage

20 Mar 2018 description
report IRIN

AMMAN, 19 March 2018 | An estimated 150,000 people are in flight following Turkey’s capture of the northern Syrian city of Afrin, part of a wider Kurdish enclave of the same name. It is unclear if or when they will be able to go back home.

For the past two months, Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels have been fighting the YPG – a Syrian Kurdish offshoot of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – for control of the Afrin enclave.

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20 Mar 2018 description

TAL REFAAT, Syria – A surge in violence in Syria’s northern Afrin region has triggered a mass displacement of the civilian population, with an estimated 98,000 people fleeing as the hostilities approached Afrin City. The humanitarian situation is extremely precarious, with major unmet protection and medical needs, UNFPA found during its assessment mission on 17 March.

19 Mar 2018 description

Geneva, Switzerland -Doctors in Eastern Ghouta performed 15 caesarean sections out of a total of 30 births yesterday. The doctors complain that they are being forced to do caesareans as the intense besiegement makes it difficult for expecting mothers to predict when they can safely go to the hospital.

19 Mar 2018 description


389,000 People affected and in need of humanitarian aid

20,000+ People displaced, including more than 5000 children < 5

235 People hospitalized in 5 referral hospitals

>550 Patient consultations per day supported by WHO

13 Heath partners on the ground


19 Mar 2018 description

Damascus, 19 March 2018

The UN in Syria is urgently appealing for help to stem the catastrophic situation for tens of thousands of people from East Ghouta and Afrin. Having seen firsthand the desperate conditions of people from east Ghouta and Afrin, who are tired, hungry, traumatized and afraid, we need to provide them with urgent aid.
These civilians are facing harrowing humanitarian conditions. Many remain trapped by conflict inside East Ghouta and Afrin. All are in desperate need.