While access is still limited to many areas where the fighting has stopped, UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies are now able to access some formerly hard-to-reach areas as conflict lines shifted.
To inform humanitarian cash programming, REACH and the Cash-Based Responses Technical Working Group (CBR-TWG) conduct monthly market monitoring throughout Syria to assess the availability and prices of 36 basic commodities that are typically sold in markets and consumed by average Syrian households, including food and non-food items, water, fuel, and cellphone data.
It all started with Baraka. In 2014, Taghrid Azzam took out a microfinance loan with UNRWA to buy a cow. She was named Baraka, or blessing. “She showered us with blessings,” the farmer from Sweida says. Taghrid started selling Baraka’s milk and applied for another loan and then another loan, to buy a second cow. “After taking out two more loans I also sold a calf. With the assistance of UNRWA, I was able to buy a third cow!” Four years and five loans later, she owns four cows, all of whom are pregnant, making her well on her way to her dream of owning a large farm.
As part of its expanding education programs, SAMS has awarded new scholarships to 28 Syrian medical students in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Recipients of these competitive awards are continuing students who started their medical studies in Syrian-accredited universities but were interrupted as a result of the ongoing crisis. These students participated in the provision of medical and humanitarian care in the areas in which they resided: Idlib, Aleppo, East Ghouta, Dara’a, northern Homs, southern Damascus, and Daraya.
by Natalie Wazir
Turkey's Humanitarian Response in Afrin
Since the Operation Olive Branch was commenced, The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkish Red Crescent and other Turkish NGOs have delivered humanitarian aid to the people in acute need living in 337 different locations of Afrin.
The Humanitarian Response Plan / Humanitarian Needs Overview (HRP/HNO) Workshop was held 19-20 September and over 100 participants took note of the preliminary humanitarian planning figures identified (population, IDPs, returnees) and to use these figures to help formulate 2019 sector People in Need (PiN) and severity and complement sectorspecific data. The projected figures are:
• 1.2 - 1.5 million IDP returns
• 250,000 refugee returns
• 960,000 – 1.2 million IDP movements
By Jennifer Dathan on 12 Nov 2018
Last month, October 2018, the US-led coalition was responsible for 46% of civilian casualties from all explosive weapon use in Syria. All reported civilian casualties from airstrikes were perpetrated by the US-led coalition on ISIS-occupied areas in Deir Ezzor, particularly Hajin and Al Sousa.
Our humanitarian colleagues are concerned by reports of ongoing hostilities and airstrikes in Syria’s south-eastern Deir Ezzour governorate, which have resulted in civilian deaths and injury.
Yesterday, four internally displaced people were reportedly killed in an airstrike on Hajin city. The attack follows reports of intensified airstrikes on residential areas in Hajin, in which at least 10 civilians were killed last Thursday.
A significant increase in aerial bombardments and shelling on southern and south-west Idleb and northern Hama governorates contributed to large displacement waves during the first half of the month until 12 September.
As a result, key informants (KIs) in Idleb and surrounding areas reported 82,222 IDP departures, more than half of which were from assessed communities in Madiq Castle (35,078) and Ziyara (12,199) sub-districts.
General developments & political & security situation
The security situation across the country remains volatile and unstable, while the main hot spots remain As-Sweida, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib governorates.
• In northwest Syria, the military situation remains volatile and unpredictable with focus on the Demilitarized Zone agreement. Sporadic hostilities in Hama and rural Aleppo were reported during the week. The humanitarian crossing point between NSAG-GoS at Abu Thuhour in Idleb has been closed since 1 November.
Reporting period: 01.10.2018 to 31.10.2018
11.3 MILLION in need of health assistance (2018 HRP)
6.1 MILLION internally displaced
2.9 MILLION with disabilities
1.16 MILLION in HTR locations
4.3 MILLION women of reproductive age
Health supply chain is irregular in many underserved areas of the country.
Assessments and their findings are essential for decision-making: the findings should be properly shared with the authorities and other key stakeholders.
According to UNHCR, 5,606,895 have now fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. 1.4 million of them fled in 2014 alone with an average of more than 3.935 people per day. In 2015 more than 617,188 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,714 per day. In 2017 more than 623,374 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,731 per day. Children now make up 45% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,523,103 refugee children in the region.