22 January 2013
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says his top hopes for 2013 are to reach a new agreement on climate change and to urgently end the increasingly deadly and divisive war in Syria. The U.N. chief told The Associated Press that he’s also hoping for progress in (..) promoting political solutions in Mali, Congo and the Central African Republic, and providing energy, food and water to all people. Ban laid out this ambitious wish list in an interview before heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, saying he plans to take “the uncommon opportunity” of being with some 2,500 government, business and civil society leaders in the Swiss ski resort to exchange views on these issues.
21 January 2013
A delegation of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Sunday visited Syrian Ministry of Health and held a meeting with Syrian Health Minister Saad al-Nayef. (..) Meanwhile, the OCHA delegation, comprising of the Emergency Directors from FAO, IOM, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, WFP and WHO, is set to visit the central province of Homs on Monday as part of their assessment mission. An estimated four million people in Syria are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including at least two million who are internally displaced, recent data showed.
18 January 2013
U.N. regional refugee coordinator Panos Moumtzis said four million Syrians are in urgent need of assistance, including two million who are displaced inside the country. By June, the U.N. forecasts regional refugee totals to exceed one million Syrians. (..) In December, the United Nations appealed for $1.5 billion to fund humanitarian needs, one billion for the regional refugee crisis and the remaining half billion to help those inside Syria. That appeal is only five percent funded. The money is needed to meet basic needs including food, water, medical care, shelter and blankets for tens of thousands of families displaced by fighting in Syria.
17 January 2013
The fabled city of Damascus, the sweet "City of Jasmine", is now being squeezed by an ever-encroaching war. Queues for the basics of life - bread and fuel - grow ever longer. The daily soundtrack is the thud of government artillery, the crackle of gun fire.
16 January 2013
The situation for Syrian refugees is getting dire. Much has been reported about the worsening conditions for hundreds of thousands of Syrians taking up shelter just outside the country's borders, but inside Syria, the numbers are even higher.
15 January 2013
Jordan has witnessed a spike in Syrian refugees as temperatures have begun to rise and last week’s snow melts, relief officials said on Monday, reporting over 1,300 new arrivals in a two-day period. (..) The sudden influx has placed a growing strain on Jordan’s sole Syrian refugee camp the Zaatari camp outside Mafraq, where some 500 tents and several facilities were damaged by last week’s heavy rain and strong winds. In a bid to accommodate the rising number of new arrivals, officials are planning to open a second camp, a tented facility on the outskirts of the northern city of Zarqa, by the end of the month.
15 January 2013
People in the Azaz area are very vulnerable, with limited access to medical care and food, and escalating prices for essentials, such as bread, wood and clothing, according to MSF. (..) But they're not alone. A new report from the U.S.-based International Rescue Committee said such problems are pandemic in Syria and its neighboring countries as a result of the civil war, creating a "humanitarian emergency."
14 January 2013
The United Nations estimate that around 100,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Egypt since the uprising in their country began in March 2011. Tens of thousands of the refugees live and work in Giza, in an area now called "Little Syria". Many arrive with little money and are struggling to pay for food and rent.
11 January 2013
Severe winter weather has killed at least 12 people across the Levant region this week, as low temperatures and precipitation sweep across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The UN appealed on Thursday for urgent aid to help thousands of Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp who are battling mud, water and freezing cold in the worst winter storm in a decade.
11 January 2013
Violence has left four million people inside Syria in desperate need of help -- shelter, food, education, clean water, health care and protection -- and has uprooted two million inside the country and sent 600,000 fleeing the horrors of war into neighboring countries. Now a bitter winter is the new enemy. (..) The good news is our aid is reaching approximately 1.5 million Syrians, even in areas of fighting -- children are being vaccinated, and temporary schools are being set up, families are being fed and sheltered -- thanks to our work and to the valiant, efforts of many partners like the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. (..) But we could do so much more.
- U.N. Food Agency to Resume Aid to Syrians After Donors Step Up Source: New York Times
- WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees Source: Reuters
- Gunfire Forces UN Agency To Suspend Food Delivery To Beseiged Palestinian Refugees In Syria Source: Shanghai Daily/ Xinhua
- Aleppo School Bombing Condemned By U.N. Source: Al Jazeera
- Diplomatic Efforts On Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say Source: New York Times