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New situation overview on northwest Syria shows dire living conditions for new arrivals

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NEW SITUATION OVERVIEW FROM NORTHWEST SYRIA SHOWS THAT LIVING CONDITIONS OF NEW ARRIVALS REMAIN DIRE

The new REACH situation overview provides an update to the previous report published on February 27 2020. Both reports provide an outline of key trends in the humanitarian context since the escalation of conflict in December 2019. However, the situation overview presented here contains contextual updates from 28 February and 10 March 2020 and highlights key findings relating to: 1) the displacement trends since December 2019; 2) the primary needs and vulnerabilities of the crises-affected populations; and 3) the impact of the crisis on markets, and the availability and affordability of essential items.

KEY FINDINGS

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  • - Since the escalation of conflict, there is now a total estimated 959,000 people displaced, 60% of them children. 549,000 people are within Idleb and western Aleppo and 410,000 in northern Aleppo.
  • - Data collected on 9 March shows that the most common intended destinations of IDPs is in Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield areas of northern Aleppo. Barriers to humanitarian access in northern Aleppo are reported by key informants in 54% of communities due to restrictions from actors controlling the area.
    • The displaced population is highly vulnerable, and many basic humanitarian needs are unmet. Vulnerable groups were reported among new IDP arrivals in 89% of communities in northern Aleppo and 99% in Idleb on 9 March, of which the most frequent were female and elderly headed households.
    • Living conditions of new arrivals remains dire, as basic shelter needs (such as new tents and plastic sheeting) remain the most severe need among new IDP arrivals. According to REACH Emergency Need Tracking (ENT) of the 9 March, while 75% of assessed communities in Idleb and northern Aleppo have received some form of humanitarian assistance, yet humanitarian assistance has been limited for shelter needs (7% and 14% of communities in northern Aleppo and Idleb, respectively).
    • High inflation and continued depreciation of the SYP against the USD has significantly lowered the purchasing power of households. As food prices continue to increase, food related needs now rank second highest for newly arrived IDPs.

For more information

For the full situation overview, please click the link below:
https://www.impact-repository.org/document/reach/0169bf6a/REACH\_SYR\_Situation-Overview\_Northwest-Syria\_16-March-2020-1.pdf

For more information, or media requests, please contact:

Emmanuel Gamard
Communication & Dissemination Officer
emmanuel.gamard@impact-initiatives.org

Laura Thisted
Syria Country Coordinator
laura.thisted@reach-initiative.org