Seven years into the Syria crisis, Syrian refugees remain in exile as their country continues to face a protracted conflict and an overwhelming humanitarian crisis. With 13.1 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in Syria and 5.5 million Syrian refugees worldwide1 (mainly hosted in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt), this remains the world’s largest displacement crisis.
The overall humanitarian and protection situation for civilians displaced from Ar-Raqqa city remains of high concern, particularly with regard to the impact of explosive hazards contamination on safe returns and safe access for humanitarian actors. According to the US-led Coalition, between 20 October 2017 and 3 January 2018, explosive hazards have reportedly killed 220 civilians and injured hundreds of others in Ar-Raqqa city.
In October, humanitarian partners provided life-saving assistance to civilians aected by military operations in Hawiga and western Anbar, and to people in newly-accessible areas of Telafar and Mosul. Humanitarian partners reached up to 6.8 million people in 1,424 geographical locations across Iraq. The bulk of humanitarian assistance was provided in camps, out-of-camp settings and newly accessible areas of Ninewa governorate to address the needs of the people aected by the Mosul and Telafar operations.
22.2 million people in need
2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year
956,076 IDP returnees
1,015,375 recipients of CRIs since March 2015
280,539 refugees and asylum seekers
- USD 198.7 M requested in 2018
Conflict indicators reached record highs in 2017, including air strikes.
The coming months are expected to be drier and warmer than on average, affecting the upcoming winter and spring crops.
Pressure could mount again on more than two million Afghan citizens in Pakistan to return to their home country.
Awareness campaigns by health workers in Khost have built trust with residents and ensured their better treatment.
Humanitarian partners aim to reach 13.1 million people in Yemen with lifesaving or protection assistance in 2018. Clusters prioritized populations and geographical areas in acute need where access and operational capacity permits and have included targets in areas where the populations in moderate need are at risk of slipping into acute need. Partners will be working with and through public institutions providing essential basic services to prevent their collapse. For the rst time, planning has been undertaken at district level to ensure the response targets those most in need.
This Interview with Naw A--- on February 5th 2017 provides an update from Thandaunggyi Township,
Toungoo District, on issues including education, health, livelihoods, and women’s opportunities in the community.
The deficit of education and healthcare services in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District continues because there are still not enough teachers, schools and healthcare services.
Additionally, the cost of medicine when prescribed locally is expensive.
NANKAR, Bangladesh, Jan 20 2018 (IPS) - Wahid Haider talks about his son’s departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since he left Nankar in search of better economic prospects, travelling through Romania, where he spent several months, before entering Italy.
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Sana’a, 21 January 2018 - The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP)which seeks US$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving assistance to 13.1 million people this year. This is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen ever launched.
The world has no excuses! We cannot continue failing Syria’s children
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 20 January 2018- “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria.
THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLAN AT A GLANCE
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1
Provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in Yemen through an effective, targeted response
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2
Ensure that all assistance promotes the protection, safety & dignity of affected people, and is provided equitably to men, women, boys and girls
242,406 Congolese refugees as of 31 December 2017
46,600 Congolese new arrivals from January to December 2017
12,596 Congolese new arrivals since 1 December 2017
Between 17th and 19th January 2018, some 1,161 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro (873), Kanungu (234) and Lake Albert (54), bringing the total number of new arrivals to 10,666 since 18th December 2017.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, and partners, have today started the relocation of Congolese refugees from the congested Kenani Transit Centre in Nchelenge District, in northern Zambia, to a newly opened permanent site, Mantapala Refugee Settlement, 40 kilometres from the Transit Centre within the same district.
Over the past two years, EU humanitarian support has been instrumental to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work in Djibouti. Every month, WFP ensures 18 500 refugees are given assistance in the form of food and cash. WFP’s Miguel Tomas meets Kalsouma who has been living as a refugee in Djibouti since more than 25 years.
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16 December 2017: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak makes landfall over San Policarpio. Eastern Samar. PRC mounts a response to deliver immediate assistance to affected people.
16-20 December: As PRC continues to deliver immediate assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, a new Low-Pressure Area (LPA) forms, gains strength and turns into a tropical depression (TD) and later becomes Tropical Storm Tembin.