The recent attack on NGO offices in Jalalabad is not an isolated incident. Over the last year, there have been 156 attacks, including 17 aid workers killed as they attempted to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Aid agencies are only able to help one-third of the population (7 million) and some two-thirds rely on commercial supplies that are imported and sold in markets. It is imperative to keep supply lines open.
Refugees face similar challenges across Syria’s neighbouring countries, a report by 28 NGOs has found, warning that long-term efforts are still needed by the international community and host governments.
In some areas of Borno state in Nigeria, the rate of acute malnutrition in children under five is over 50 per cent, similar to what was seen during the 2011 crisis in Somalia when the scale and severity of hunger led to a declaration of famine.
The international community must redouble efforts to hold parties to the conflict accountable and press for humanitarian breakthroughs that can have a real impact for Syria’s civilians struggling to meet their basic needs.