Oxfam Syria Response #13, 11 February 2013
1. Syria Programme Manager’s Analysis
Oxfam’s assessment in Lebanon confirmed the refugees’ priorities such as shelter and food. Following the exercise the Oxfam team is now working on concept notes and proposals to fulfil a cash programme. UHNCR site planners are searching for suitable transit camp locations with Oxfam support and will require the Government’s approval. Activities in Jordan are expanding following the flow of new arrivals with an average of 1,708 per night. New arrivals are mostly from Dara'a, Arbin, Mahajeh and Sheikh Miskien. UNICEF and Oxfam are planning to expand the module capacity to host 20,000 people in Za’atari camp. Work is continuing to accommodate new arrivals, including graveling and ground works. The site planning team are working on identifying and beginning works on a contingency site (a third location in Jordan) as the number of arrivals continues unabated.
Oxfam met the Jordanian Minister of Planning who highlighted the country’s support to the Syrian refugees and keeping the borders open but expects stronger support from the international community and the need for INGOs to coordinate within the UN system.