The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are carrying out their largest ever humanitarian convoy to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people at the remote Rukban ‘makeshift’ settlement in south-eastern Syria, on the border with Jordan. The convoy arrived today, and the operation is expected to last approximately one week.
Of the 560,000 refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria, over
120,000 have fled to Lebanon, Jordan and beyond. Inside Syria,
254,000 Palestine refugees have been displaced at least once since
the beginning of the conflict, while 13,500 are trapped in hardto-
reach areas. Yarmouk, Ein el Tal and Dera’a camps – previously
home to around a third of the Palestine refugee population in
Syria – have been almost completely destroyed.
Total people in need 11.7 million
Total children (<18) in need 5 million
Total people to be reached 10 million
Total children to be reached 5.7 million
لإسعافات الأولية النفسية: دليل العاملين في الميدان
This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilitiies.
The strategic objectives focuses on the following:
- ensure protection of Syrian refugees
- support provision of basic services (health, education, social services) through national systems
- provide immediate assistance to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish individuals and reduce
- exposure to the effects of poverty and displacement
- expand livelihood and job opportunities for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish individuals
The magnitude and complexity of these mental health conditions caused by prolonged and extensive trauma requires a diagnosis fitting the unique context of the Syrian conflict. Over half a million people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, and more than 6.4 million are internally displaced with over 5 million living as refugees. SAMS documents the multi-dimensional nature of mental health disorders afflicting Syrians, including accounts of refugee experiences from Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, and beyond. This qualitative report seeks to raise awareness about increasing mental health needs, while sharing personal stories of those who have been affected by the trauma of the conflict.
Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.