Jordan INGO Forum Newsletter Newsletter May - June | Issue 9
In this issue
- Humanitarian & Development Overview
- Partners activities in Camps
- Partners activities in Host Community
- Advocacy 5. Changing the narrative 6. Voice from Jordan
Humanitarian and Development Overview
During the second half of June, an escalation in military activity that included ground clashes and aerial bombardments led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the south of Syria. By the end of the month, 46 civilian deaths were documented, with many more injured. Some 20,000 individuals were estimated to have displaced towards the Nasib border crossing with Jordan. The area would see a surge of IDPs (up to 59,000 IDPs) and then a large decrease in the first ten days of July.
Despite several INGOs, the UN, and Human rights organizations calling for the opening of the border, the Government of Jordan announced in June that it would not let additional Syrian refugees cross into Jordan. Meanwhile, amidst growing insecurity, access to humanitarian assistance rapidly deteriorated. The last UN cross-border convoy from Jordan was sent on June 25th and humanitarian actors on the ground faced increasing risks while trying to deliver aid. Living conditions of IDPs stranded in the two border areas (near Jordan and the Occupied Golan Heights) became extremely difficult, with IDPs lacking adequate shelter, WASH facilities and sufficient amounts of basic assistance, particularly health.
The situation in Rukban, at the north-eastern border between Jordan and Syria, remained unchanged and no agreement to transport assistance from Damascus has been reached. UNOSAT’s latest satellite image from June located 11,702 shelters in the area, a 12% increase from the last image in January. Security clearance for medical admission for the most serious cases remain largely insufficient compared with the needs: in May and June, only 124 referrals were admitted in Jordan’s hospitals (See Health analysis report of Rukban clinic)
At the end of June, Azraq camp was hosting 36,480 individuals, including 9,465 individuals in Village 5 (V5). The screening process allowing V5 residents to transfer out of the fenced areas of the camp was still ongoing, albeit slowly.
Approximatively two third of the residents had been stranded in V5 for more than two years and the situation of the forcibly relocated from host community to V5 (approximatively one third) remained unsolved, as no access to legal recourse had been granted to them.