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24 March 2014

At least 20 humanitarian aid trucks sent by the UN have crossed the Turkish border into Syria bringing food, blankets, mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies. Four UN agencies are taking part in the convoy with the support of OCHA: the World Food Programme, the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization along with the International Organization for Migration.


21 March 2014

Several U.N. aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria for the first time on Thursday, a Reuters witness said, a step relief officials hope will pave the way for greater humanitarian access to area hardest hit by the country's civil war. The trucks, mostly from the U.N. World Food Programme, crossed at the Nusaybin border post taking food supplies, bedding and medicine to the ethnic Kurdish city of Qamishli in Syria, according to officials. "It is the first time in three years of this brutal conflict that the U.N. has been able to carry aid across into Syria from Turkey," Nigel Fisher, the United Nations' regional humanitarian coordinator, said in a statement.


21 March 2014

A U.N. convoy of about 80 trucks is ready to cross the Turkish border into Syria for the first time, aid officials said on Wednesday, in a step they hope will pave the way for humanitarian access to the country's most desperate areas.


21 March 2014

Days after the Security Council resolution, the Syrian government agreed to let the United Nations and its partners enter from Turkey. But for two weeks, 80 trucks have been waiting on the Turkish side of the border, packed with clothing, food, and other aid bound for people living in the vast Hasakah Province, where no aid has arrived for a year.


21 March 2014

It's not just the refugees who are adapting to the new timeline. The aid agencies must change, too. They know their work is not about a quick fix anymore. They are starting to design programs to prepare Syrian refugees for an exile that could go on for years. (..) Recently, a modern supermarket store opened inside the camp with bright lights and wide aisles. These Syrians come from a culture of small bakeries, vegetable stands and the corner store.


21 March 2014

In the shadow of the Crimean crisis, the civil war in Syria risks being forgotten. As the number of those in desperate need continues to grow, financial aid from abroad is diminishing and the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has sounded the alarm, EurActiv Germany reports.


21 March 2014

“It’s not just a humanitarian issue, a need to feed people,” Dr. Fouad M. Fouad, a Syrian doctor who studies the impact of the conflict, told a conference at the American University of Beirut last week. “It’s a historical, geopolitical issue.” Aid workers are scrambling to refocus public attention on Syria. Private donations for Syrians have lagged far behind those for other emergencies, like the recent typhoon in the Philippines, international aid groups say.


21 March 2014

Now aid workers believe starvation cases are increasing in besieged areas of Syria and malnutrition is spreading among the poorest Syrian refugees. (..) A survey in Jordan found that 4 percent of Syrian refugee children under five needed treatment for moderate or acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme said on Monday.


21 March 2014

At the new Safeway store in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, the Syrian cashiers wear bright blue tabards that read "here to help you". There is no need for cash. The shop accepts World Food Programme (WFP) food vouchers and will soon switch to pre-paid debit cards. "Syrians are among the gourmets of the region and like a diverse, sophisticated diet that we can't provide through regular food distribution," says the WFP's Jonathan Campbell.


13 March 2014

The human degradation in Syria, notably in areas besieged by the army, has reached levels unimaginable three years ago.