Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey
Response to Iraq and Syria Humanitarian Crisis
February 2015~
Japanese

  • Humanitarian Response JPF staff observing a supplementary education project for Syrian refugees in the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon ©JPF
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PARCIC’s Food Assistance Activity

29th June 2020 20:00

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As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO PARC Interpeoples’ Cooperation (PARCIC) has been providing vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon with food assistance. Lebanon’s economy has suffered from the spread of COVID-19, and PARCIC has been giving food assistance there, including distribution of food baskets and training in growing vegetable gardens. Refugees have a difficult time accessing fresh foods even though they know that they are more nutritious, because they lack the cash to purchase them. PARCIC has been helping them grow their own vegetables and herbs through their vegetable garden training. This project allows for the refugees to get at least a part of the necessary vitamins and other nutrients to sustain their health.

PARCIC’s reports can be read here:
https://www.parcic.org/report/syrian-refugees/syrian_refugees_lebanon/17027/
https://www.parcic.org/report/syrian-refugees/syrian_refugees_lebanon/17030/

Releasing Video from “Yoshitomo Nara Talk Event: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees”!

23rd May 2020 23:06

For the first time, we have released the video from a talk event with artist Yoshitomo Nara, which took place in June of last year during the week of World Refugee Day. We reached full capacity in half a day on the first day of registration and had a waiting list after that, and the event ended in great success after all.

We were fortunate to have Mr. Yoshitomo Nara, a renowned artist, join us in the JPFxART Project last year where he had an opportunity to experience how Syrian refugees are living in Jordan - a country in which JPF has been active since 2011 with the Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Program - and to get to know the refugees there.

In Jordan, Mr. Nara spent time with refugee families and children at two refugee camps, Zaatari and Azraq, and the host community in the capital city of Amman. Later in the year, we held a talk event where Mr. Nara spoke about what he had seen and experienced.

Since the event was fairly long lasting two hours, we had not released any videos until now, but since many people may be spending more time at home now, we would be delighted if you could experience Mr. Nara’s journey at this time - whether you were hoping to attend the event but couldn’t or found out about this for the first time now.

Video of “Yoshitomo Nara Talk Event: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees” is available here:
https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

Digest versions of “Mr. Nara Visits Jordan,” the video shown on the day of the event, are available here:
[3-minute version] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z6NbRU-tfM&t=6s
[11-minute version] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCBEx5YNzo&t=47s

WVJ Implementing COVID-19 Awareness Activities

30th April 2020 14:59

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO World Vision Japan (WVJ) is implementing education and child protection projects in the city of Mosul in norther Iraq. In this region, children have been deprived of opportunities to learn with schools being destroyed in the prolonged conflict that left the city with not enough teachers and educational resources. In response, WVJ has been engaging in learning support through repairing schools and distributing school supplies as well as implementing child protection through recreational activities.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the world, residents of Mosul, a city that does not have sufficient health care services, are also under the threat of infection. In response to the concerns of residents on lack of knowledge or correct information about the virus, WVJ has been conducting an awareness campaign on the radio starting in April. On the radio, they have introduced some basic prevention techniques such as handwashing, social distancing, and staying at home.

WVJ’s post can be read here: https://www.facebook.com/WorldVisionJapan/photos/a.160445433998573/3047951035247984/?type=3&__tn__=-R

First step towards rebuilding livelihood

26th March 2020 22:00

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JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has been implementing assistance for Syrians who have been internally displaced.

Since the crisis broke out, Nowa and her family have moved throughout Syria in many cities to seek safety over the course of five years. She notes, “Our family is exhausted as we have had to move continuously for many years. Since we are unemployed, we cannot pay rent anymore, either. Our home needs repairs and we had no money for them, but we decided to return anyway. We were hoping to receive support to repair our home.”

With the help from PWJ and its local partner organization in Syria, Nowa’s family could have necessary repairs done to their home, and now it is in good enough shape for them to live in. The children have begun to attend school, and her husband Aftab is now looking for work.

Having a safe and secure place to live is the first step towards rebuilding people’s lives and livelihoods. “We could finally return to our own home,” exclaimed Nowa joyfully.

PWJ’s activity report can be read here: https://peace-winds.org/activity/syria/17403

*Given the conditions in Syria, photographs have been altered, and to protect people from danger and adverse effects, details on project sites have been withheld and pseudonyms are used.

Gift from Arsal, Lebanon

18th February 2020 15:00

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JPF member NGO PARC Interpeoples’ Cooperation (PARCIC) has been assisting Syrian refugees in Arsal, in northeastern Lebanon, with winterization. Arsal is covered by snow during the winter with temperature dropping below freezing, so PARCIC is distributing kerosene and food for the people living in tents. They have a video of the distribution uploaded here: https://youtu.be/G0aqsUc6Et8

By the way, we received a heartfelt thank-you gift from the children who live at the refugee camp in Arsal (see picture). We will continue to provide hands-on assistance to our beneficiaries so that the work of JPF and our member NGOs can surely and securely reach the children in need.

Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: “THINK ABOUT A REFUGEE” Campaign to support Syrian refugees’ winterization in progress! Expanding the circle of support through the ‘Campaign Cards’ designed by artist Yoshitomo Nara

6th January 2020 11:00

In March 2019, Mr. Yoshitomo Nara visited Jordan through JPF’s “JPFxART Project.” He visited and spent time with Syrian families and children living in refugee camps and in the city of Amman.

“The way I look at it is through this small unit of families, not the large category of refugee issues,” says Mr. Nara. Keeping every child he met close in his heart, he has graciously cooperated with us on designing the card for this “THINK ABOUT A REFUGEE” campaign. The campaign will continue until the end of February. We welcome your participation!

★JPF “THINK ABOUT A REFUGEE” Campaign★
JPF works with its 43 Japanese member NGOs to deliver domestic and international emergency humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing conflicts and people affected by natural disasters. During this campaign, for those who donate to the Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis or become a new Monthly Supporter who will continue to support JPF’s work and our hands-on assistance for refugees, we would like to gift you with greeting cards (a set of two cards) designed by Mr. Nara, if you wish to receive them.

What each one of us can do may be small, including being concerned about this issue and telling others about it, but we hope that you can use the second greeting card to send to somebody special, so that you can help enlarge the circle of support for refugees through Mr. Nara’s message.

Campaign Term: Friday 15th November 2019 - Saturday 29th February 2020
*Gift of greeting cards only until supply lasts

Greeting cards are for those who:
- become new members of the JPF Monthly Supporter program, or
- donate to the JPF Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis.

For more information, please visit the following pages:

JPF×ART Project “THINK ABOUT A REFUGEE” Special Site: https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_thinkabout/

About JPF×ART Project: https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

PWJ’s School Rebuilding Project in Syria

11th December 2019 19:30

  • Classroom before rebuilding ©PWJClassroom before rebuilding ©PWJ
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JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has been working with a local partner organization on a school rebuilding project in Syria, and one school has just been rebuilt. Children have begun learning at the newly rebuilt school. We hope that more and more children will not only get to learn and play but experience healing of their hearts at school.

PWJ’s report can be found here: https://peace-winds.org/activity/syria/17068

Winterization Assistance for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

12th November 2019 18:00

  • Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 1 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 1 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)
  • Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 2 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 2 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)
  • Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 3 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)Snow covering the Arsal Refugee Camp 3 ©PARCIC (Courtesy of URDA, implementation partner)

JPF member NGO PARC Interpeoples’ Cooperation (PARCIC) is providing winterization support for Syrian refugees staying in Arsal, a city in northeastern Lebanon. Arsal, where PARCIC has been implementing its aid program, lies at 1,500 meters above sea level. While many may associate the Middle East with the image of the scorching heat, Arsal gets harshly cold in the winter with accumulated snow. Lebanese government has been strictly enforcing controls over undocumented immigrants in the country, and they removed tents fortified by concrete by force in the course of its enforcement. They have been replaced with government standard tents that are made of thin lumber frames and covered with plastic sheets, with thermal insulation added on the inside and carboard and carpet placed on the floor.

Since employment is restricted for Syrian refugees in Arsal, refugees are barely getting by with 90% of the households in debt to purchase food to eat everyday and 60% skipping meals. A girl has remarked, “Eating meat is like a dream.” On top of the insufficient meals and nutrition comes the harsh winter. For Syrian refugees living in tents like the ones described above, fuel and other items necessary to keep their bodies warm would cost them at least 18,000 Japanese Yen a month, even if they were very frugal. This is in contrast with the average monthly income of around 2,900 Japanese Yen for Syrian refugees.

Given these conditions, the assistance provided to them through distribution of winterization items prove indispensable for them to live as safely as possible. We thank you in advance for all of your support.

Find out more about PARCIC’s activities here: https://www.parcic.org/report/syrian-refugees/syrian_refugees_lebanon/15559/

JPF Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Response: Continuing Our Support for the Refugees and IDPs

30th October 2019 23:30

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2019 marks the ninth year of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. 5.6 million people have fled to neighboring countries while 6.2 million people are internally displaced, and more than 60% of the Syrian people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

With our member NGOs, JPF has provided humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria and to refugees in the neighboring countries (Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon) since November 2012; JPF has assisted Iraqi IDPs since June 2014. We are continuing to provide food, water, and daily essential items to the IDPs living in cities that have suffered catastrophic damages. For the refugees living in camps and in the host communities, we are implementing child protection, livelihood, and educational support programs.

Please read more about the Iraq-Syria Program and other programs in JPF’s FY2018 Annual Report here: https://www.japanplatform.org/lib/data/report/2018_ar.pdf

Black-Belt Taekwondo Player from Azraq Refugee Camp

8th September 2019 15:41

This report is about Wael Fawaz Al-Farraj, a Syrian black-belt taekwondo player who lives in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. Read about him here: https://bit.ly/3cYXm8j

Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Response: Aiding the safety of children

5th September 2019 19:30

  • A Syrian child studies in her tent where she is taking shelter from the conflict ©WVJA Syrian child studies in her tent where she is taking shelter from the conflict ©WVJ
  • Children forced to leave their homes due to the conflict ©WVJChildren forced to leave their homes due to the conflict ©WVJ

World Vision Japan (WVJ), a JPF member NGO, has started a program to aid the protection of children in southwest Syria, which suffered damages from the conflict.
WVJ will repair educational facilities where children learn and provide psychosocial aid to help children who are suffering from psychological distress as a result of the conflict. We hope that their program will help children recover psychologically and find hope in the future.
▼See here for WVJ’s activity report
https://www.worldvision.jp/news/works/cee/20190828.html

Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Response: Bringing back safety to people’s lives

8th August 2019 19:30

  • A typical apartment building in Syria ©PWJA typical apartment building in Syria ©PWJ
  • A house with a traditional black-and-white-patterned arch ©PWJA house with a traditional black-and-white-patterned arch ©PWJ

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO, is delivering aid to people in Syria who have been forced to leave their homes.
There are many cases where even if they return to where they had lived before, their homes have been destroyed by the conflict and are not safe to live in. PWJ is working with local partner organizations in Syria to help repair houses that have been damaged. We strongly hope that the people of Syria can return to living safely in their homes.
▼See here for PWJ’s activity report
https://peace-winds.org/activity/syria/16313

A Syrian refugee boy is the protagonist in the film Capernaum, now opening in theaters across Japan

27th July 2019 22:00
The protagonist--a 12-year old boy--is born in the slums of the Middle East, but he doesn’t know his exact date of birth because his parents didn’t receive an official birth certificate. Therefore, he does not exist in a legal sense and is forced to live under harsh conditions, as he cannot go to school and has to live selling goods on the streets. He sues his parents for the fact that they gave birth to him.
The actor playing the boy was born in Syria in 2004 and due to the deterioration in safety in his home country, fled to Lebanon with his family in 2012. Being poor, he couldn’t go to school and began working in supermarkets from the age of ten to help his family. They were granted third country resettlement in 2018 and have moved to Norway.
▼See here for information on the movie
http://sonzai-movie.jp/

24th June 22:00- On NHK BS1 Channel “Kokusai Hodo (International Reporting) 2019”: JPFxART Project “Yoshitomo Nara Experiences Life of a Syrian Refugee”

24th June 2019 15:36

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On Monday, 24th June, JPF’s JPFxART Project was featured on NHK BS1 channel’s “Kokusai Hodo (International Reporting) 2019” (22:00-22:40). An interview with Yoshitomo Nara, who visited a refugee camp in Jordan, aired on the program!

Visit this page for more on Kokusai Hodo 2019 (International Reporting 2019): http://www.nhk.or.jp/kokusaihoudou/bs22/index.html

24th June 22:00- NHK BS1 Kokusai Hodo (International Reporting) 2019: JPFxART “Yoshitomo Nara Experiences Life of a Syrian Refugee”

22nd June 2019 19:30

On Monday 24th June, during the latter half of NHK BS1 channel’s Kokusai Hodo (International Reporting) 2019 (22:00-22:40), Yoshitomo Nara’s visit to Jordan and his interview will be aired. Don’t miss it!

Listen on radiko for a Week! 19th June J-Wave JAM The World: JPFxART Project “Yoshitomo Nara Experiences Life of a Syrian Refugee”

19th June 2019 17:03

On jwave jamtheworld (19:00-21:00), a dialogue between the JAM The World’s navigator Ms. Natsuki Yasuda and artist Yoshitomo Nara will air today! It is expected to air between 20:20 and 20:40.

20th June is World Refugee Day. You can catch Ms. Yasuda engaging in intriguing conversations with Yoshitomo Nara about his encounters with the Syrian people in Jordan and what we can do for them from Japan.

KYODO NEWS ”Contemporary Japanese artist Nara wants to raise awareness of refugees”:JPF×ART "A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees"

18th June 2019 14:07
Please find the news article here.

NHK WEB News “Syrian Refugees Today: Contemporary Artist Yoshitomo Nara Speaks” - JPFxART “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees”

18th June 2019 14:06

NHK WEB news picked up on the JPFxART event called “Yoshitomo Nara Talk Event: Experiencing Life of a Syrian Refugee” that was held this past weekend on 15th June. Mr. Nara spoke about how “it is important to think about the issue in terms of what all of us can individually do, and to empathize with those put in this situation.”
https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

Media Coverage: JPFxART “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees”

17th June 2019 15:30

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JPFxART event “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees” on 15th June (during the week of World Refugee Day) was a huge success, packing the house with more than 150 people in attendance. We thank all of you who came to the event despite the rain outside.

Listed below are the scheduled media coverage for this event. Please note that they are subject to change according to various circumstances.
- Monday 17th June, 16:54-17:20, TV Tokyo “Yugata Satellite (Early Evening Satellite)”
- Tuesday 18th June, 22:00-22:40, NHK BS1 (TV) “Kokusai Hodo 2019 (International Reporting 2019)”
- Wednesday 19th June, 19:00-21:00, J-Wave (Radio) “JAM The World” (to be aired around 20:20-20:40), Mr. Yoshitomo Nara’s dialogue with Ms. Natsuki Yasuda

We will update the website regularly and would be grateful if you could visit to check on future media coverage.

Last but not least, we apologize once again to those of you who were waitlisted but could not attend the event; we are deeply thankful for your interest in our event. We will be posting the video that was shown at the event and other updates from Saturday on the JPF website here: https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

Tomorrow: JPF Event “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees”

14th June 2019 19:30

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Tomorrow, on Saturday 15th June, JPF is hosting an event called JPFxART “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees.”

*We are grateful for the many people who have registered to attend this event. We are now at full capacity and are no longer accepting registrations, including those wishing to be on the waiting list. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Tomorrow, we will premiere scenes from Mr. Nara’s visits to the refugee camp and the host community in Jordan. During Mr. Nara’s talk, he will share with the audience the photographs he has taken as well as his thoughts and feelings on meeting with refugees. We will also have an open panel session where JPF member NGO staff, who work with the refugees there, will join us and accept questions from the floor. This will be an interactive time where the audience can speak with Mr. Nara, too. Please visit here for more on this event: https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2019/05/162349.html

For those who are unable to make it to the event, we will be sharing how the event goes and also regularly post updates on JPFxART activities here at this website, so please check it out: https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

Registration Now Full - Thank You! JPF Event “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees”

12th June 2019 22:00

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We have three days until the JPF hosted event JPFxART “A Conversation with Yoshitomo Nara: Experiencing the Life of Syrian Refugees” will be held on Saturday 15th June.

*We are grateful for the many people who have registered to attend this event. We are now at full capacity and are no longer accepting registrations, including those wishing to be on the waiting list. Thank you so much for your understanding.

On Saturday, we will premiere scenes from Mr. Nara’s visits to the refugee camp and the host community in Jordan. During Mr. Nara’s talk, he will share with the audience the photographs he has taken as well as his thoughts and feelings on meeting with refugees. We will also have an open panel session where JPF member NGO staff, who work with the refugees there, will join us and accept questions from the floor. This will be an interactive time where the audience can speak with Mr. Nara, too. Please visit here for more on this event: https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2019/05/162349.html

For those who are unable to make it to the event, we will be sharing how the event goes and also regularly post updates on JPFxART activities here at this website, so please check it out: https://www.japanplatform.org/contents/narayoshitomo_syria/

Depicting the Struggles of Syrian Refugees: Documentary Film “Taste of Cement”

3rd May 2019 19:30

After the many years of civil conflict ended, Lebanese capital city of Beirut is currently experiencing the overdevelopment of high-rise buildings. At these construction sites, you find many Syrian refugees who have lost their homes in the Syrian conflict. “Taste of Cement” is a documentary film that depicts the realities in which that these Syrian workers live, having fled Syria only to find themselves in harsh working conditions. The film incorporates recollections of a particular worker as he looks back on his memories of his father who returned from working in Lebanon, his house being destroyed in the civil war, and the people being rescued from the rubble.

Find more information on the film here: https://www.sunny-film.com/cementkioku

Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: Bringing Smiles Back to Syrian Families with Food Kits

12th April 2019 19:30

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is distributing food kits to Syrian families in cooperation with a local implementation partner in Syria.

The food kit includes rice, beans, flour, cheese, and canned foods. Flour is especially vital for Syrian families as it is necessary to make khubz, which is the staple food in Syria and in other parts of the Middle East. (Khubz is a flatbread that is similar to what is known as pita bread in Japan.) The kit also includes tea, which is essential to family time for the Syrians.

Upon receiving this kit, a Syrian man, who works at a grocery store to support his parents and ten siblings on his own, noted, “The food kit is of great help to us, because we can buy other items with the money we can save and the food kit makes everyone in the family smile.”

Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: People Continue to Flee Due to Fear of Brutality - UN Raises Alarm

2nd March 2019 23:30

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that during the past week, 13,000 people have arrived in a protection camp from Deir-ez-Zor governorate in eastern Syria. Jens Laerke, the OCHA spokesperson, told the press that about 90% of those who have arrived are women and children, and they are struggling with exhaustion, hunger, and illnesses. Since December of last year, around 45,000 people have fled the Hajin and Al-Baghouz areas of Deir-ez-Zor governorate due to brutal violence. The UN report raises alarm, stating, “People continue to be exposed to brutality every day, and women, children, the elderly, and others face distinct protection risks and have specific needs.”

Read the UN news here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/03/1033882

Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: Terrorist Blocking Aid - UN Raises Alarm

8th February 2019 19:00

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic spoke to the press in Geneva about the more than 10,000 people who have fled Hajin in eastern Syria due to conflict.

Since December of last year, over 23,000 people have arrived in Al Hol Refugee Camp, and this number is expected to increase. Those who are trying to flee the heavy fighting in Hajin are blocked from leaving by ISIL, or Da’esh extremists, who have controlled wide regions over northern Iraq and Syria. There are possibilities that aid is not reaching the women and children in need experiencing hunger and the cold, and around 30 children including newborns have been reported dead since the beginning of December. Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), have also spoken about the threat to the lives of many families if these conditions persist.

Read the UN news here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/02/1031782

Response to Syria and Iraq Humanitarian Crisis: JPF Member NGO PWJ Distributing Food - Keeping Our Eyes on People Living in the Conflict Zone -

10th January 2019 19:00

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is distributing food to people who are living in conflict zones.

In Syria, people who have once fled are starting to return to where they used to live. However, the places to which they have returned have had buildings and infrastructure damaged by heavy armed conflict and it has become increasingly difficult to access water and food. A family who received food from PWJ noted, “You can’t imagine how meaningful this food is to us. We are so happy, especially because there would have been no way for us to purchase this much food on our own.”

In partnership and cooperation with our member NGOs with unique characteristics and various expertise, JPF continues to provide hands-on assistance that meet local needs.

For an article by PWJ, please visit here:
https://peace-winds.org/country/syria

Latest Country Situation Report 19th, March, 2019

We continue to provide comprehensive aid - including WASH, food, CRIs, and education - to those suffering in the prolonged crisis and in need of assistance

Currently, the number of people who have left their homes behind, as they fled conflict and persecution, has reached record high in the decades since World War II (*1). In particular, situation surrounding Syria and Iraq has been especially chaotic as it has entered its sixth year with no end in sight. 4.8 million Syrians have left the country and become refugees, while within Syrian borders, about 13.5 million people, including 6.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), are in need of assistance (*1). Since the beginning of this humanitarian crisis, a total of over 400,000 have lost their lives (*2). In Iraq, over 10 million people, including 3.3 million IDPs, are in need of assistance (*1).

Japan Platform (JPF) began providing assistance in November 2012 for those who have become internally displaced as a result of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and for the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. In June 2014, we also began providing assistance for IDPs within Iraq. In order to respond more effectively, we are continuing to implement life-saving assistance activities as an integrated Iraq-Syria Humanitarian Crisis Response Program. During the 2016 fiscal year, 14 JPF member NGOs provided assistance in Iraq, Syria, and in three neighboring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey), implementing life-sustaining projects for those who are even unable to secure enough food in the conflict. These projects included life-sustaining measures such as food distributions, provisions of safe drinking water and development of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) environments, and life-saving measures such as distribution of emergency items. Additionally, our member NGOs also implemented improvements on learning environments and provided psychosocial care for the children who have been greatly hurt by this conflict.

Event

In June 2015, we co-hosted the fourth symposium with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan called "The Syria Crisis: It Could Be Me, It Could Be You" in Tokyo. The symposium welcomed not only academic experts and representatives from NGOs, government, and UN agencies, but refugees, the business community, media, students, and civic society as we engaged in discussions on the participation of new humanitarian aid actors, new ways of providing aid, and how we respect tolerance, solidarity, and diversity. JPF will continue to implement assistance in response to the needs of those within Iraq and Syria, who have had to suffer while living in difficult conditions, as well as the needs of the refugees experiencing prolonged displacement in neighboring countries. Also, we will continue our efforts to raise public awareness in Japan of the conditions on the ground.

*1 Syrian Arab Republic: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2016)
*2 "More than 400000 were killed in 63 months of the Syrian revolution," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; 28 May, 2016
*3 Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2016)

Iraq -Syria Humanitarian Response Plan March 2017-February 2018

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NGO's Project : Peace Winds Japan (PWJ)

Aspiring to bring back a safer living environment and everyday life as much as possible

NGO's ProjectPWJ delivers assistance to Syrian refugee and IDP camps in three governorates within the Kurdish Autonomous Zone in northern Iraq. Its programs include building schools, distributing essential items, setting up water supply networks and providing health checkups at schools inside camps. To contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of those living in refuge, PWJ provides refugees living in tents with materials and technical advice to improve the shelters that they live in. It also has set up an oven for baking bread in kitchens that IDPs share to bring back a sense of normalcy to their lives. PWJ also provides necessary assistance to communities that are hosting refugees and IDPs to reduce their burden.

Voice from the Field

Muhammad Radwan living in an improved shelter

Voice from the FieldIt's a lot safer now compared to before. It was easy for bugs and small animals to come into the tent that we used to live in, and there were two times where I killed snakes that came into the tent. After our shelter was improved, I no longer have to worry about that anymore. The inside is cool and there is enough space to live in. Everyone in my family is happy. (Beneficiary of a PWJ program)

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