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Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria completes mission to northeast |

The area is within the grip of a extreme water disaster in all elements – from ingesting water, to irrigation, meals manufacturing, and energy technology – which is having an affect on well being and livelihoods. 

He reaffirmed the UN’s dedication to comprehensively deal with the disaster, and with all events involved, each within the fast time period and in searching for longer-term options. 

‘Break the cycle of poverty’ 

Mr. Riza visited a number of tasks in Al Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa Governorates, and met with the Governor of Al Hasakeh, Dr. Louay Sayyouh, to talk about humanitarian priorities and the way to finest deal with them. 

The senior official additionally visited a number of camps for internally displaced folks (IDPs), together with Areesha camp in Al Hasakeh and Mahmoudli in Ar-Raqqa, the place girls and youngsters comprise greater than 80 per cent of the inhabitants. 

He spoke to residents about their experiences, intentions and desires. 

“It is clear to me, having visited and spoken to communities both in and out of camps, that the path of early recovery and resilience we are pursuing is the right one. Without sustained access to services and livelihoods, it will not be possible for families to break the cycle of poverty and crisis and live their lives in dignity,” he stated. 

Repatriation and violence 

Addressing the complexities of the populations at Al Hol and Ar Roj camps, Mr. Riza additionally mentioned efforts by the Iraqi Government to repatriate nationals there, together with medical and weak instances. 

He known as for international locations which have girls and youngsters nationals in these camps to urgently discover methods to repatriate those that want to return residence, as well as to advocating for motion to encourage the return of displaced Syrians. 

Mr. Riza expressed concern about growing ranges of violence amongst residents of Al Hol camp., At least 26 folks have been murdered up to now this yr, together with three this week.  Twenty of the victims have been girls.  

Criminality, gender-based violence and assaults in opposition to humanitarian employees are additionally commonplace within the camp. While the humanitarian neighborhood has developed a technique to deal with these challenges, it’s at the moment $45 million underfunded. 


Al Hol camp is home to more than 70,000 people of which more than 90 per cent are women and children. Iraqis and Syrians constitute more than 80% of the population. (16 June 2019)

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Al Hol camp is residence to greater than 70,000 folks of which greater than 90 per cent are girls and youngsters. Iraqis and Syrians represent greater than 80% of the inhabitants. (16 June 2019)

Rise in army exercise 

Against this already worrying backdrop, Mr. Riza additionally expressed alarm over the latest rise in army exercise within the north, together with drone strikes and shelling, which has resulted in civilian casualties.  

These operations have already led to heightened nervousness and sparked some actions, and continuation will lead to additional displacement. 

Mr. Riza reminded all events of their obligations beneath worldwide humanitarian regulation and urged them to take all mandatory precautions to keep away from additional hostilities, stressing {that a} political answer and elevated humanitarian help are wanted, no more army operations. 

While within the area, the Humanitarian Coordinator and his staff have been additionally taken to tasks that help girls and youngsters, together with an immunization centre in Raqqa metropolis. They additionally visited quite a lot of well being factors within the IDP camps and mine consciousness actions for kids. 

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