UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers
As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded
This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.
The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.
Conditions in the mainland are generally improving as the Government is closing temporary sites and people are moving into housing. However, arrivals peaked this month when 6,000 people this people arrived by sea and land. Border reception centres became critically overcrowded, conditions deteriorated and protection risks increased including of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Between January and September 2017, close to 140,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores. Although two-thirds of them came through the Central Mediterranean Route, the Eastern Mediterranean Route has recorded a recent spike in sea crossings to Greece (including 4,239 children in three months) coupled with new arrivals through the Western Mediterranean Route and the Black Sea.
Ar Raqqah offensive displaces nearly 268,800 people since April; up to 8,000 people remain in two neighborhoods in city of Ar Raqqah
Humanitarian convoys reach city of Dayr az Zawr following SARG military advances into the city in September
USG humanitarian assistance to Syria reaches nearly $7.5 billion since start of Syria crisis
MOGADISHU — The Somali government said search and rescue operations have ended, three days after a massive explosion killed hundreds of people at a busy intersection in Mogadishu.
Official casualty figures stand at 281 dead and more than 300 wounded, but the death toll could still rise, Information Minister Abdurrahman Omar Osman said Tuesday.
"The number can increase because there may be other victims either taken by their relatives who later died or others who died from their wounds," he told VOA's Somali service.
3RP AT A GLANCE
Over 3.5 million refugees
Turkey continues to host the world’s largest refugee population.
Predominantly out of camp
More than 90 per cent of refugees in Turkey live outside of camps in urban and peri-urban areas.
Mostly children and women
70 per cent of refugees in Turkey are women and children.
Working with Partners
Health professionals working in northern Syria face constant fear and worry – for their patients, for their families, even for their own lives. “The medical staff were trying to encourage each other, so the patients knew their doctors were still standing,” says one doctor who worked at a bombarded hospital. Though he survived the experience and now lives in Turkey, he and many other health staff from northern Syria bear psychological scars. For those still in the country, the constant pressure translates into a clear need for mental health support.
Greece: EU border policies fuel mental health crisis for asylum seekers
MSF calls on authorities to immediately relocate asylum seekers on Greek islands to the Greek mainland
Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Overview on UNHCR’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa
A. Situational context including new developments
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH DURING August 2017
- Youth initiatives and trainings held in Syria.
- United States congressional delegation visits Zaatari.
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC (FROM ALL CHANNELS)
In Syria, violence continues to impact civilians across the country despite an overall reduction of civilian casualties in areas where de-escalation zone agreements are in place. Military operations are further deteriorating the humanitarian situation in Raqqa City and Deir-ez-Zor, with severe food, water, electricity and medical shortages. Protection of vulnerable families and their children remains a key concern.
Syria: During the reporting period, IOM’s health interventions reached over 30,000 beneficiaries with primary healthcare, mobility aids, dialysis kits, hearing aid services, and diabetic measurement devices. Furthermore, the Miznaz Reception Centre in Atareb was declared open to receive IDPs on 25 August.
• Launched on 9 November 2012, the original Emergency Appeal aimed at raising CHF 32,311,219 for a period of six months to assist 170,000 people.
• Through the first revision, on 28 May 2013, the appeal’s budget was increased to CHF 44,183,265 to reflect the expected growth of the camp population to 225,000 Syrians living in 19 camps.
Office of the Spokesperson
September 21, 2017