Worsening bad living conditions are increasingly engulfing IDPs in northern Syria camps; especially with the advent of the winter season, with their growing numbers and consequently the growing of their needs and the scarcity of aid provided by humanitarian organizations, especially during the past two years. It is worth noting that late humanitarian response and delay in sending emergency materials delayed the implementation of winter projects and negatively affected IDPs.

Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has prepared for the third year consecutively a study1 on the most important IDP needs for winter season in 176 camps within nine different clusters in Northern Syria with 13 camps wider coverage compared to the previous winter needs dashboard. This study aims to strengthen the planning and decision-making capacity of aid actors responding to IDPs crisis and provide humanitarian aid that meets all the needs in order to reduce the bad effects of winter on IDPs. The total number of displaced families within the assessed camps was 34,790, with a total population of 192,284.

More detailed information about IDPs needs in northern Syria camps are available within the monthly IMU’s “IDP Camps Monitoring Interactive Report”


The ACU’s enumerators had assessed ten camp clusters during January and February within
the governorates of Aleppo, Idleb and Lattakia, and 165 camps within nine clusters in Northern
Syria in the governorates of Aleppo and Idleb during three months March, April and May 2016.
The assessed clusters are Atma, Al Karama, Al Rahma, Sarmada, Salqin, Qah, Kherbet Aljouz,
Jarablus and Bab Al Salameh. The number of individuals in the assessed camps had increased
during May 2016 with 1,921 IDPs because the number of incoming people is bigger than number
of outgoing people. As well as, the increase in the number of IDPs between January and
May was 7,829 individuals. The hard living conditions in many camps, lack of services, absence
of support and the high prices of commodities led to the departure of many families to the
Syrian liberated areas and made many young people to…


Information Management Unit at Assistance Coordination Unit has launched a bulletin about the main issues
and needs of IDPs within the assessed camps on basic sectors: food security; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH); Health; Education; Shelter and Non-Food items (NFIs); as well as the population demography and the
number of individuals and families during December 2015. The ACU’s enumerators have covered 165 camps
during December 2015 within ten clusters in Northern Syria distributed on three governorates Aleppo, Idleb and
Lattakia. The number of assessed camps during December has increased by two camps. Al Bayan camp within
Atma cluster was split into two camps Al Forkan and Al Bayan after the separation of some families from the old
camp. As well as, Zamzam camp was divided into two camps Zamzam1 and Zamzam2 at the end of November
and the new camps was…



ACU’s enumerators have assessed 163 camps within ten camp clusters in Northern Syria located in three
governorates Aleppo, Idleb and Lattakia during November 2015. The assessed clusters are Atma, Al
Karama, Al Rahma, Sarmada, Salqin, Yamadia, Qah, Kherbet Aljouz, Jarablus and Bab Al Salameh. Camp
situation was relatively stable during November, where 176 new displaced families have arrived to the
assessed camps during November. As well as, some camps witnessed the departure of some families and
individuals from some camps mainly for two reasons, firstly, some IDPs returned to their villages for olive
picking season, and secondly many newly displaced families did not receive shelter in camps so they
were headed to Turkey or resorted to some safe neighboring villages. The two assessed camps in Jarablus
cluster Al Jabal and Al Khames are still under ban to enter any kind of humanitarian aid and the
enumerator was prohibited from entering the cluster or meeting the IDPs. In addition, the cluster is still
suffering from the absence of medical points and schools due to the absence of support. It is worth
mentioning that Molhak Dar Alajaza camp within Qah cluster is…..


ACU’s enumerators have assessed 163 camps within ten camp clusters in Northern Syria located in three
governorates Aleppo, Idleb and Lattakia during October 2015. The Northern Hama countryside has
witnessed massive displacement wave since the beginning of the month towards Rural Idleb camps, due
to the deterioration of security situation and the intensification of bombing there.
More than 1,624 new displaced families have reached the camps, part of those families have settled
down in the assessed camps of Atma and Al Karama clusters and the other part stayed within nine newly
established camps most of them in Al Karama cluster. Most of new families had to build rooms roofed
with an insulator due to lack of new tents distributed by humanitarian organizations for the newly
displaced families. The new camps were initially named as following: Al Haneen ila Al Watan, Al Iman
Billah, Al Nahda Al Islamiyah and Mulhak Yasmeen Al Sham within Al Karama cluster.
Al Hadeel camp within Atma cluster and Shuhadaa Kafrnbuda within Qah cluster. Al Huriya wa Al Adala,
Al Ibaa and Sabiroon camps within Salqin cluster. There are other newly established camps but with no
names yet. The humanitarian organizations tried to cover the newly displaced families’ needs by increasing
the amount of provided humanitarian aid including the numbers of food baskets, hygiene and emergency
kits. In spite of this, the humanitarian aid is still insufficient especially number of tents and insulators
needed to contain this…..


Some changes have taken place within camps this month. Whereas, several camps were established
within Al Rahma and Al Karama clusters, Atma Cluster has witnessed some changes in camp structure as
well. From the beginning of the month, Ebad Al Rahman camp and Al Baraa camp were merged under
the name Al Baraa Camp. As well as, Al Fath Al Ziara Camp joined Atfalona Tonashedokom and Al Bayan
camps, Al Resala and Al Ihsan1 camps merged within Atma Cluster, but the new camp is not stable so far.
The names of some camps have also been changed. Turkish Red Crescent Camp was renamed as Al
Amal Camp within Atma Cluster. Saeduna Camp was renamed as Atfalona Tonashedokom. Um Al Kora
Camp was renamed as Qafelat Al Rahma within Atma Cluster too.
ACU enumerators have faced some difficulties in getting data from information sources, because IDPs’
needs were not met. It is worth mentioning that many tents have burnt within Ikhaa, Kadeemoon,
Qafelat Al Rahma and Shouhada Abdeen camps without casualities. However, the affected families were
not provided with new tents.
Assistance Coordination Unit enumerators could not enter Al Khames and Al Jabal camps within Jarablus
Cluster because of the imposed ban by the Islamic State (ISIL). There is no management in the two
camps and there are no medical points or schools there. The activities of international and local organizations
have stopped since ISIL forces controlled the city. It is important to mention that Teiba ……



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.



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.


The Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has issued the 21st monthly monitoring report on the displaced persons camps in the north of Syria. Assessment has been made to characterise the living conditions of those displaced persons within the camps during April 2015.
The total number of the camps that have been subjected to assessment in April has increased, compared to that of a month earlier, March, in that 162 camps instead of 158 have been subjected to assessment. The “Ayadi Al Beyda” camp of Atma cluster has been separated from “Bashair Annasir” camp, and therefore, the former turned an independent camp. This also applies to Sahl Al Ghab, Tadamun and Sarkhet Tifl camps, of Al-Karameh cluster. New two camps, Salahuddin 1 and Salahuddin 2, have been opened near the village of Khirbet Al Jouz. The two camps now constitute the Khirbet Al Jouz cluster, which is named after the village.
On the other hand, two camps in Jarablus, Shabiebeh and Mala’ab, have been closed, with their residents displaced to the two camps of Jarablus 5 and Al Jabal within the same cluster due to engagements in the neighborhood.
The displacement surge continued during April, with some 981 households moving from Hama province, 271 from Idleb province and 8 from Aleppo. Most of those households moved to Atma cluster which has received 400 tents provided by Banafsaj Organisation. However, those tents have not been sufficient in number to meet the needs of the displaced households in that period. 32 households have left Bashair Al Nasir camp to Sabiroun camp located within Atma cluster due to the lack of enough space.