Press Statement _ The Humanitarian Catastrophe in North West Syria_ Istanbul _Wednesday 19th Feb 2020Share Thursday 20th February 2020 07:57 AM
We are facing one of the worst protection crises and are dealing with a mass movement of IDPs who have nowhere to go after leaving all their belongings behind and escaping in seek of safety only to die from extreme weather conditions and a lack of available resources.
Funding required to support the 900,000 displaced is over $ 336 M, only %20 of the needs are available, and currently, the UN only has $ 70 Mi, worth noting, this will only provide an essential response and not a luxurious intervention.
Basic needs cannot be met, and our response is not enough.
Our appeal to World leaders, Donors and Politicians is to put an end to these violations, and support civilians displaced and stop attacks on Camps and Humanitarian facilities
We currently have the following challenges:
- Access to people
- Civilians continuously being displaced due to ongoing attacks putting a strain on existing capabilities
- Losing track of humanitarian workers
- The well-being of Humanitarian Workers
- Dynamic changes require flexibility, we lack Donor flexibility with programming and implementation
We currently have the following gaps:
- 900 K displaced for the 3rd, 4th & 5th time in need of assistance (158,212 families)
- 280 K school-aged children whose education has been impacted by ongoing displacement
- 185 K in need of additional food assistance
- 280 K in need of emergency shelter
For us to continue with our response, we have the following asks:
- Call for a complete ceasefire and stop human rights violations, which are on the increase, and we are not after ceasefires that get washed away days later.
- Warring parties to provide safe access in cooperation with the UN, as of yesterday.
- Scale-up the response in line with the increased demand and displacement, so we meet basic shelter, food, healthcare & warmth needs.
- We call for the formation of Emergency Call Groups with Donors to resolve issues relating to flexibility of programming
- We also call for Emergency Response Units similar to that adopted by ICRC which has a timely response, even this response which will take up to 72 hours is far too long with the crisis on hand
- As we are not in a position to stop deaths from happening, we are calling for help to reduce the number of lives to be lost. We have lost quite a few lives as a result of the nature of beneficiaries.
- Neighboring countries and in specific Turkey should not take the burden with more Refugees at the same time; civilians have the right to live in their homes with dignity and without fear for their lives or to seek asylum in any third country to save their lives.