Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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We still have 2.9 million people in level 3 and 4, level 4 being the step just before we declare a famine. So almost 3 million in those critical and crisis emergency levels.feedback
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Apr 13 2017 Somalia
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Jens Laerke is associated, including Damascus and Syrians. Most recently, Jens Laerke has been quoted saying: “Our needs assessment indicate that the closer people live to the contact line between the government and non-government controlled areas the greater the humanitarian needs. Not least for, as we have heard, the elderly, women and children who make up over 70% of people in need.” in the article Serious concern for civilians caught up in new Ukraine fighting. An other article where Jens Laerke has been quoted is Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts.
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It is an astronomically difficult operation whereby we need the security assurances from all sides to be there and to be adhered to, plus facilitation from all parties.feedback

That was my understanding, that it was supposed to be a beginning.feedback

We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful.feedback

We are sending today an inter-agency convoy that will cross conflict lines into a besieged area of rural Damascus.feedback

The security situation in Syria is not one situation, it's a patchwork of different levels of security or insecurity. It's a patchwork of multiple actors, armed groups, and we need to take that into account when we evaluate on a case-by-case basis. So that is what we do, whether we send it to rural Damascus as we do today or, hopefully, in the near future, we can resume deliveries in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.feedback

The explanation is that we are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact air strikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked.feedback

However we remain committed to stay and deliver to everybody in need in Syria.feedback

In order to actually initiate the actual movement of these convoys we need the facilitation letters. They have not come.feedback

We are as ready to go as we can possibly be. The modalities for ensuring safe passage have not yet been cleared and given to us so that we can move. We know that there is at least a quarter of a million people in eastern Aleppo who are potentially all of them in need of some kind of aid.feedback

It is a deal which has been done by the United States and the Russians, the details of which we are not privy to. We've got nothing to hide.feedback

We need to have actual concrete assurances – we need to be satisfied – that we are not sending people, aid convoys, into mortal danger. And we don't have that yet.feedback

We are waiting for this cessation of hostilities to actually deliver the assurances and the peace before trucks can start moving from Turkey. As I speak, that has not been the case.feedback

We need to enter an environment where we are not in mortal danger as humanitarian organizations delivering aid.feedback

The UN urgently calls for a humanitarian pause in the fighting in Aleppo to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks and provide humanitarian assistance to people in need.feedback

In a situation like this, red tape may cost lives.feedback

This has been a consistent issue for us, for years, that we do not get the approvals, not only for convoys, but other kinds of approvals. We have talked about bureaucratic obstacles and hindrances, which are being put in our way, yes, by the Syrian government.feedback

This action plan asks for 301 million US dollars. It is for agency response in, basically, all sectors of humanitarian assistance. 11.3 million people have been affected by the typhoon.feedback

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