A joint statement by the heads of UN humanitarian agencies calls upon all parties to the Syria conflict to take urgent action to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all people in need using all available routes; lift the sieges on civilians currently being imposed by all sides; and end the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians and stop all other violations of international humanitarian law. The statement by the principals of UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP and WHO highlighted the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Syria and the plight of some 3.5 million people living in areas under siege or unable to be reached with humanitarian assistance.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated on 22 April that the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million". Government authorities have registered over 722,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey to date.
A WFP report on the economic impact of its voucher assistance programme in Jordan highlights the many direct and indirect benefits of the voucher assistance modality. It is estimated that in 2014 WFP’s voucher assistance will amount to an equivalent of 0.7 per cent of the GDP in Jordan, injecting US$ 250 million into the local economy.
IN THIS ISSUE
Strengthening child protection interventions across the region, p.2
Enhancing protection through community engagement and outreach, p.2
Lebanon: Shelter challenges persist as significant numbers of refugees live in sub-standard dwellings, p.3
Egypt: boat departures increase as refugees attempt to reach Europe, p.3
Mahmoud’s Journey: A young Syrian’s new life in Sweden p.4