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- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock: Statement on Syria (24 February 2018)
- The UN and partners plan to deliver humanitarian assistance to eastern Ghouta [EN/AR]
- Statement by Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, on East Ghouta Hospital Attacks [EN/AR]
- No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion
- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria (28 February 2018)
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
In February, just under 3,900 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy, Greece and Spain, less than half the number that entered in January. With lower numbers of people crossing from North Africa to Italy by sea compared to last year, the route to Spain experienced the most movement of the three Mediterranean routes with over 1,500 arrivals, followed by the route to Greece with over 1,200 and less than 1,100 to Italy.
Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylumseekers and more than 53,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.
Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In February alone, 1,898 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.
As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.
During the reporting period, over 1,132 IDP families arrived or returned to camps, while at least 1,783 families departed them. IDPs in Jeda'a camps in Ninewa, have expressed concern about living conditions in the camp, particularly related to services and the presence of armed actors.
UNHCR and partners conducted a series of protection assessments in Ninewa to monitor returns in parts of Telafar, west Mosul, Ba'aj City and Sinjar, highlighting among other things the remaining impediments to returns.
In February 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 4,228 deaths and injuries from 358 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (3,466) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 97% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 22% in other areas.
Thousands seeking safety from war and violence continue to arrive; conditions in reception facilities cause health problems
Monday, March 19, 2018 — “Two years ago the European Union and its member States failed thousands of people and compromised the very concept of asylum when they agreed and implemented the EU-Turkey deal, which allows the EU to return refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek islands to Turkey", says Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Policy and Advocacy Adviser for MSF UK.
"I spoke to him via WhatsApp. He told me that the bombing was so intense that he had stopped counting the number of strikes. Ten minutes later he was dead", an associate from TSF's principal medical partner, the Union of Syrian Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM) testified.
248,092 Syrian refugees registered as of February
24,983 IDPs reached with protection monitoring in February
15,684 Persons of concern received cash assistance in February
57,695 IDPs received shelter assistance in February
55,696 IDPs received CRI assistance in February
Working with Partners
UNHCR is engaged in the inter-agency response for ongoing displacement and returns.
2018 Whole of Syria Child Protection Governorate Profiles is a compilation of child protection data collected for the 2018 Syria Syria Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). It aims to provide analysis of child protection needs and risks at governorate level to support child protection actors in programme development, resource mobilisation and advocacy to respond to the protection needs of children in Syria.
With the crisis in Syria entering into its eighth year this week, Caritas Australia continues to support children who have been displaced by the war in Syria, which is now the largest displacement crisis in the world since World War II.
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, is bringing hope to Syrian refugee children through education.
12 year-old Bayan, one of the 5.6 million Syrian refugees who have sought sanctuary in the neighbouring countries in the region, is living with her family in Jordan.
Now in its seventh year, the Syria crisis has had a profound humanitarian, socio-economic, and political impact on Lebanon and its people. The country hosts 1.5 million Syrians besides several hundred thousand Palestinian refugees.
Despite humanitarian efforts, the needs of these affected communities are outpacing the resources and capacities of partners, and coping mechanisms of the most vulnerable are being severely tested.
RECENT ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE (Since 20 January 2018)
98,000 PEOPLE FROM AFRIN DISTRICT REGISTERED AS DISPLACED OUTSIDE AFRIN
75,000IN TAL REFAAT
15,500 IN NABUL
8,500 IN ZAHRAA
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS LIMITED WITH DISPLACED PEOPLE REPORTEDLY NOT ALLOWED TO MOVE ON TO ALEPPO CITY
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM 310 SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN DEPRIVED OF THEIR EDUCATION SINCE 30 JANUARY DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES
Last week, the war in Syria entered its eighth year. On this gruesome anniversary, the nature and scope of the humanitarian tragedy continue to defy description. The past year witnessed the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians. The regime in Damascus and its allies continued to strike hospitals and other civilian targets. Aid convoys to besieged populations were once again blocked or delayed. More Syrians were blocked from seeking refuge in neighboring countries. International diplomacy did little to protect millions of Syrians trapped by the conflict.
This report is produced by the OCHA Syria Crisis offices with the contribution of all sectors in the hubs and at the Whole of Syria (WoS) level. The response update covers the period from 1–31 January 2018
Humanitarian Response Update
Displacement dynamics remained stable with limited new arrivals to IDP sites recorded, mostly in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, particularly Abu Kamal