Snapshot 28 January – 04 February
Central African Republic: Despite the deployment of international troops, widespread insecurity continues in CAR with new outbreaks of violence reported in the country’s north western and western areas. The UN declared CAR a Level 3 emergency over two months ago, and the humanitarian situation has shown no sign of improvement. At least 2.6 million people, including 1.3 million people, are now considered severely food insecure and in immediate need of assistance. As reported by several international organizations, the ongoing instability and insecurity is causing problems with humanitarian access.
Syria: The Geneva II peace talks concluded without any tangible solution to the Syrian conflict. Notably, despite initial hopes, no agreement was reached on the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of civilians from the Homs area. Meanwhile, the number of Syrian refugees crossing to neighbouring countries continues to rise, with almost 2,459 million people having now fled the war-torn country.
Iraq: Military operations between government troops and allied tribesmen fighting Sunni Islamist militants are ongoing in Anbar province. Humanitarian needs in the affected region are reportedly escalating, with around 200,000 people now internally displaced by the clashes. Meanwhile, international organizations report that humanitarian access to Anbar province is increasingly hindered because of the conflict.
South Sudan: Despite the signing of a ceasefire in late January, clashes reignited in the east of the country with government and insurgents accusing each other of violating the truce. The second round of peace talks between Juba and the rebels is set to start in Ethiopia on 7 February. To date, an estimated 863,000 people have been displaced. Meanwhile, humanitarian partners reported that some 3.2 million people are currently facing acute and emergency food insecurity, mostly in the eastern states which are worst affected by the crisis.
Last Updated: 04/02/2014 Next Update: 11/02/2014