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The Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has issued the 24th monthly monitoring report on the internally displaced People’s (IDPs) camps in northern Syria. The assessment was conducted to assess the living conditions of the IDPs in camps during July 2015.

The total number of covered camps in July was 167 camps. During this month seven camps were closed or merged and six new camps were established.

The acting IRC organization had to pause all its activities for 17 days in camps, this led to a critical situation there with halting of all services and increasing the suffering of IDPs. Demographically, the number of IDPs remained almost the same, except some of them returned to their homes due to lack of services and high living expenses inside the camps.

Regarding food security sector, Human Appeal Organization, Kader, and Turkish IHH continued to distribute food baskets in some camps in Atma, Al-Karama, Salqin, Al-Rahma and Qah clusters. However, the food aid provided by active organizations in this sector is insufficient compared to the urgent IDP needs.

The Blue Crescent Organization distributed 1,342 medical treatment boxes for lice and allergy, because of wide spread of skin diseases among the IDPs, due to unprecedented high temperatures. However, Jarablus camps are left without any medical points since ISIL forces controlled the city.

Medical Corps Organization has distributed 1,359 hygiene kits in Bab Al Salameh border camp. Camps’ IDPs are suffering from many obstacles in WASH sector like sewage issues, ignorance of dumping holes, discharging and turning open sewers into regular networks. Many camps could not meet the needs of their populations of water, either because of the absence of water points in the camps, or the existing water points are insufficient. Another problem is the presence of inoperative water networks and taps, which are not supported by any related organizations.

No significant changes happened in education sector compared to June. Schools are still closed since the end of past academic year, and IRC supported schools halted its activities for 17 days in July. Securing education for all children in the camps is still an unsolved challenge. Schools are not available in all camps, so the students are forced to head to neighbouring camps’ schools, or refrain from going to school under parental pressure.

Regarding shelter and NFIs, the biggest challenge that faces the IDPs is the high rate of worn-out tents that need replacement, which exceeded 80% in some camps. This violates the Sphere standards which state that a tent’s age should not exceed 6 months. The concerned organizations’ inability to cover this need, and the people’s aspiration to improve their lives, pushed them to construct stone rooms randomly. The IDP’s top priority for NFIs was water gallons, tent support as second priority and cleaning tools as third priority.

Regarding the IDP’s top priorities, WASH needs came first with 25%, followed by food security, then shelter and NFIs as third priority after being second priority in June statistics.

 

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The Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has issued the 22nd monthly monitoring report on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps the north of Syria. Assessment has been made to characterize the living conditions of those displaced persons within the camps during May 2015.
The total number of assessed camps has increased during May compared to April, in that 168 instead of 162 camps have been assessed. The research team covered 6 additional camps – Shuhada’ Abdien, Sahl Al Ghab I, Ahbab Al Rasoul in Al Rahmeh cluster, Al Khaliej Al Arabi Martyr camp in Qah cluster, Amal Al Awdeh camp in Al Karameh cluster and Omar Al Faruq camp in Kherbet Al Jouz cluster.
The displacement surge goes on in May, with approximately 423 households from Hama governorate, 312 from Idleb and 4 from Aleppo. The total number of displaced persons has been around 3930 individuals. Most households have moved to Atma cluster, same as last months. An additional number of 280 households from Sahl Alghab in both Hama and Idleb governorates have been displaced to Salqin cluster due to battles observed in the region during May.
The Islamic State (ISIL) is still controlling Jarablus cluster with services prevented from reaching the camp dwellers. This status has many impacts on the various sections in general. Human Appeal Organization provided food baskets to some camps. 165 tents have been supplied to the Bab Salameh camp via IHH. The British Monitor Organization sprayed insecticides in a number of camps to curb the Leishmania outbreak, which has already spread over 138 camps out of 168 assessed camps.

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