protection of civilians

protection of civilians

Marriam travels from Sabir Mount to the city centre to sell bread and earn an income. Most of the city’s bakeries have closed.  Her grandchildren are reliant on her income after their parents died. Photo: Abdulnasser Al-Sedek/Oxfam

Picking up the pieces

Since March 2015, more than three million Yemenis have fled their homes, displaced by ongoing conflict. This paper sets out what they are facing and what governments, armed parties and agencies must do to help them get back on their feet and reduce the chance of an entrenched, long-lasting crisis.

A young girl flies a kite in Za'atari camp. Photo credit: Adeline Guerra/Oxfam

From words to action

The ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ conference, held in London on 4 February 2016, has failed to deliver on the core issues of the protection of civilians inside Syria and of refugees in neighboring countries. This joint agency report sets out what needs to be done to make the commitments a reality.

A Syrian refugee family sit in the tent where they now live, in an informal settlement, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Fuelling the Fire

March 2016 marks five years of conflict in Syria. This paper examines what the UN Security Council demands happen in Syria; the situation since March 2015 and significant actions by the Permanent Members of the UNSC.

Jemaa Al Halayal, 35, holds his two-year-old daughter Amina, outside the tent in which they now live in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in north Bekaa Valley in Lebanon on September 10 2015. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Solidarity With Syrians

The international community has failed so far to address the spiralling catastrophe in Syria. This briefing calls for urgent and immediate action by the international community to deal with this deepening crisis.

Residents of Rumbek, South Sudan, arriving for a public forum with the state leadership. Photo: Crispin Hughes.

Community Engagement for Protection

While engaging with communities has been a priority for peace operations since 2010, there is a gap between rhetoric and implementation. A number of non-governmental organizations that work on protection of civilians provide recommendations on how to operationalize community engagement in a joint briefing note.

A woman stands in front of rubbles, in Nepal. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

For Human Dignity

The UN Secretary-General has called the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 ‘to make humanitarian action fit for the future'. Tens of millions of people receive humanitarian aid every year, but millions more suffer without adequate help and protection, and their number is relentlessly rising.


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