On Tuesday (19 December), the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate for cross border humanitarian assistance for Syria for another year. This means millions of people in the north west and south of the country are to receive further life saving assistance. The aid organisations of the United Nations and their partners are thus reaching those needing help directly.
Given the difficult conditions in Syria, the Security Council first allowed cross border aid to be supplied from neighbouring countries in 2014. Now, it has extended the relevant resolution until January 2019 so that those in need in Syria can continue to receive the assistance that is so urgently required.
Access for aid workers remains problematic
The humanitarian situation in Syria remains dramatic. Seven years after war broke out, millions of people remain dependent on assistance. The situation is particularly precarious for 400,000 Syrian civilians in eastern Ghouta. Ongoing fighting has meant it has not been possible to get assistance to them since mid November. Many people there are in urgent need of medical assistance, including above all women, children and the elderly.
Germany second-largest humanitarian donor
At a donor conference in Brussels in April, Germany reaffirmed its support for the people in Syria. In addition to providing people with food, medicine and other aid relief, humanitarian efforts are focusing on protecting groups that are most vulnerable, such as children, women and senior citizens, and on accessing the areas under siege.