Dear students, professors, ladies and gentlemen’s, thank you for coming to this incredibly important lecture, which will be able to let you know more details about the recent humanitarian crisis in Syria, as result of the civil war which is entering its third year of development. — between THE frontlines © 2010 – 2013
May 19, 2013
People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria
Syrians Displaced to Neighbouring Countries
Wars in Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pushed the number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations to 28.8 million last year, the highest figure recorded by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva.
More than 6.5 million people were newly displaced within their own countries in 2012, almost twice as many as the year before, IDMC said in its annual report. Since these people have not crossed borders, they are not refugees and do not benefit from international protection.
The Syrian civil war, also commonly known as the Syrian uprising, is an on-going armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. A protest movement began on Tuesday 15 March 2011 with a small demonstration in the capital Damascus. This year, March marked the 2nd anniversary of the Syrian uprisings, which turned into an armed civilian conflict.
By October 2012, up to 28,000 people had been reported missing; including civilians forcibly abducted by government troops or security forces. According to the UN, about 4.2 million Syrians have been displaced within the country. To escape the violence, as many as over 1 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.
However, human rights groups report that the Syrian government’s forces have committed the majority of abuses, and UN investigations have concluded that the government’s abuses are the greatest in both gravity and scale.
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The situation in Syria is particularly critical, as it is the world’s largest and fastest evolving crisis in terms of new displacements. The number of Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) is now more than 3 million, of which 2.4 million were displaced last year.
The Syrian civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the cold war, and more brutal and destructive than the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and I believe that until the conflict in Syria is resolved, internal displacement will continue to accelerate, this phenomenon has been seen in other countries with drawn-out conflicts.
The crisis is also stretching resources as the United Nations, aid agencies and donors – the biggest of which so far is the United States – scramble to keep up with the flow of frightened families.
Health services, bakeries, schools, vital components of normal life are teetering or have shut down, leaving a population in distress. It is also just a decline in livelihoods, a decline in the economic means for families to be able to support themselves, it’s disruption to services, it’s kids not being able to go to school, it’s water systems that have been either cut off or somehow affected.
The United States has so far provided some $385 million for humanitarian aid, of which nearly $216 million has been spent on needs inside Syria, working through agencies such as the UNHCR and the World Food Program, but the need is much more, so as much as we can help for displaced barefoot hungry, thirsty and unwashed Syrian refugees within the territory of the Arab Republic of Syria, that are so far living in the school facilities which do not have even learning conditions in rebel-controlled Syria, in terms of foodstuff, hygiene, medicaments and clothing for Syrian woman men and children, let’s make it together and try our best for the human reasons, for the humans cause.
Thank you very much for the attention!
source: The Guardian, IDMC, UN, Vedat Xhymshiti