Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - Syria
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - Syria
Damasak, Borno State, Nigeria (file photo). © OCHA/Yasmina Guerda
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 April 2021
OCHA continues to receive alarming reports of clashes between insurgent groups and Nigerian Armed Forces in Damasak, Borno State, and of non-State armed groups targeting humanitarian assets and facilities.
Recently, these non-State groups have also been conducting house-to-house searches, reportedly looking for civilians identified as aid workers.
You’ll recall the recent incidents in Damasak, on 10 and 11 April, when humanitarian assets were targeted. At least five non-governmental organization (NGO) offices and several NGO vehicles, a mobile storage unit, water tanks, a health outpost and a nutrition stabilization centre were damaged. More clashes were reported on 13 and 14 April.
The violent attacks will affect humanitarian assistance and protection to nearly 9,000 internally displaced people and 76,000 people in the host community.
A coordination meeting was held yesterday, in neighbouring Diffa, Niger, where thousands of people who fled the attacks in Damasak are seeking refuge.
OCHA Niger is planning an inter-agency mission, in consultation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and local authorities.
There is an update on the UN cross-border humanitarian operation.
On Wednesday, 14 April, the UN dispatched 54 truckloads of humanitarian assistance from Turkey to north-west Syria via the Bab al-Hawa crossing. These trucks are some of the hundreds that the UN delivers each month with essential and life-saving assistance.
In March, a total of 920 trucks delivered humanitarian assistance across north-west Syria. Many more consignments are planned for the coming weeks.
The UN estimates that cross-border aid represents up to 50 per cent of all cross-border humanitarian deliveries. Through the cross-border operation, for example, the World Food Programme (WFP) provides 70-80 per cent of the emergency food assistance delivered in northern Syria.
Of the 4.2 million people in the north-west, more than 75 per cent require humanitarian aid. The cross-border operation reaches almost 85 per cent of these people every month.
As the UN Secretary-General has said, when it comes to delivering life-saving aid to people in need across Syria, all channels should be made and kept available. A sustained, large-scale cross-border response remains necessary to address the enormous humanitarian needs of people in north-west Syria.
The UN believes that a renewal of the cross-border authorization for an additional 12 months is essential to save lives.