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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria, South Sudan

15 Jun 2022

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About 400 people live in Al-Faqia camp, northwest Idleb, including children. There is no school in the camp and people fear the arrival of heat wave in the summer.
(Photo taken in 22 April 2022) 
Photo credit: OCHA/Mohanad Zayat

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   15 June 2022

Syria

We are saddened by the killing today of an aid worker, who worked for a Syrian humanitarian NGO, in a car bomb on his way to work in Al Bab in northern Aleppo. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the continuing hostilities in Syria, which are claiming the lives of civilians and aid workers.

North-west Syria is one of the most dangerous places for humanitarian workers, with 23 casualties since 2020. The Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Cutts, condemned today’s attack and called for a full investigation.

Meanwhile, the UN cross-border operations from Türkiye into Syria continue, reaching 2.4 million people every month in north-west Syria. Last month, more than 1,000 trucks crossed from the Bab-Al-Hawa crossing-point, carrying food, shelter, nutrition and health supplies, among other supplies.
             
These operations are enabled by Security Council Resolution 2585, which will expire in less than a month [10 July]. Failure to extend the Council’s approval could plunge north-west Syria into an even deeper humanitarian crisis.

Some 4.1 million people need humanitarian aid in north-west Syria this year, up from 3.4 million last year. Most of these people are women and children. We again stress the need for greater humanitarian access to reach the people who are most in need.

South Sudan

Needs are expected to increase as the country enters its rainy season when access to those in need becomes more difficult. This is happening at a time when the humanitarian community is being forced to make the difficult decision of cutting back aid due to funding shortages.

The World Food Programme will need to scale back on its food assistance. Only 4.5 million people out of the 6.5 million initially targeted will now be reached. What this means is that nearly one third of acutely food insecure South Sudanese men, women and children will be left without food assistance.

In all, 1.7 million people, including 178,000 school children who will no longer have their daily school meals, are at heightened risk of starvation. The Food and Agriculture Organization has also had to reduce plans for seed distributions so the agency can focus on people with extreme needs.

Our humanitarian appeal for South Sudan seeks $1.7 billion to help 6.8 million people, but it is only 26 per cent funded. With more resources, we can help more people in need of urgent assistance.

Despite the funding situation, aid workers have so far this year reached more than 3 million with assistance. We need more flexible and earlier funding to prevent a dangerous deterioration in the food security situation.