Syrian needs increase while resources decrease, warns the UN humanitarian coordinator


The United Nations Emergency Aid Coordinator warned this Monday that the situation for the people in Syria remains grim and that humanitarian needs have increased, while resources to provide assistance are shrinking.

We keep failing the Syrian people in what he needs, in what he deserves, and in what he is entitled to in terms of humanitarian assistance and protection, ”Martin Griffiths told the United Nations Security Council.

At the security body’s monthly session on Syria, Griffiths requested greater international support for relief work in that country where, he reported, “violence continues to kill and injure civilians.”

As an example, he cited reports of an air strike on November 11 that hit a shelter in rural northern Idlib and killed five civilians, of which three were children.

“As I tell you every month: civilians must be protected and they have the legal right to that protection ”, he insisted.

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Children are outside their tent after the January 2019 floods in Kafr Losin camp in northwestern Syria.

Winter exacerbates deficiencies

Addressing the humanitarian situation, Griffiths recalled that winter has come, which makes especially vulnerable to the displaced inmates living in temporary tents.

“And I’m sorry to tell you that humanitarian operations simply they do not have sufficient funds to provide basic shelter, heat and clothing shelter for all those in need, “he warned.

He detailed that more than five million people they don’t have enough drinking water and safe in northern Syria. In addition to food security, access to electricity and livelihoods are also affected.

The head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also said that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in Syria, whose vaccination rate does not reach 5%.

In this line he limited that women, “of course, bear the disproportionate share of that impact ”.


Regarding recovery activities, Griffiths indicated that the UN is completing an allocation of $ 20 million to that cause with resources from the Syrian Cross-Border Humanitarian Fund.

In addition, he noted that the Humanitarian Fund for Syria, which provides assistance to those in other parts of Syria, allocated 40% of its budget for improve community resilience.

“The good news is that donors are increasing their involvement in early recovery, which has made progress in this area. I am encouraged by growing donor consensus on the need and priority of this type of expense ”, he expressed.


A family fleeing violence in the Syrian city of Idlib.

The population wants hope

Despite the adverse outlook, Griffiths maintained that the people of Syria need there be hope and argued that things can improve with an approach that meet your most pressing needs and give you a future.

For this, he explained, it is necessary to protect civilians and grant increased support to save lives, “Especially while people endure this winter.”

Help is also required for recovery and voluntary and safe return of refugees, he listed.

The other indispensable condition in the search for relief from suffering is that humanitarian agencies be given access to deliver vital supplies and serviceshe added.

In this regard, he asserted that OCHA will continue to work in collaboration with the UN special envoy for Syria, Geri Pederson, to identify the best ways to support their work, “because it is quite clear that what they really need from the Syrian people is an end to the conflict. “  

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