Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Relief Coordinator Joyce Msuya completes five-day mission to Turkey – Türkiye
(Istanbul, 29 July 2022): Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, today concluded her mission to Turkey.
During her mission, she traveled to Gaziantep and Hatay, where she met with displaced Syrian women as well as humanitarian partners, UN staff, donors and Turkish government authorities involved in the disaster response. UN cross-border aid.
“I applaud the government of Turkey for helping humanitarians do their job, ensuring that aid reaches mothers, children and vulnerable people in Syria,” she said.
Ms. Msuya also thanked Turkey as the largest refugee hosting country in the world.
Across the border, 4.1 million people in northwestern Syria depend on UN aid to meet their basic needs, the majority of whom are women and children. Every month, the UN delivers food and other humanitarian aid from Turkey, reaching 2.4 million people in Syria.
The current cross-border authorization will expire in six months – at the height of winter – if the Security Council does not grant a further extension. Efforts are underway to increase the delivery of cross-border aid from Syria, but at present these deliveries cannot replace the scope and scale of the cross-border operation.
During her visit to the UN Transshipment Center, Ms. Msuya observed firsthand the rigorous monitoring process involved in the cross-border response. Vaccines, reproductive health kits, blankets and other relief items are thoroughly checked before crossing borders by truck.
“This mechanism makes a difference,” Ms Msuya said. “The partners are relieved that this vital assistance can continue for another six months. They noted the logistical difficulties of managing assistance over such a short period and highlighted the growing needs of displaced families,” she added.
During her meeting with affected women, Ms. Msuya heard from seven women, including a camp manager, a special education worker and an Idleb-based humanitarian journalist. Three of these women are among the 3.7 million refugees living in Turkey.
“I had the honor of meeting displaced and refugee women from Syria, each of whom is working to improve the living conditions of their community. Behind the numbers are real people with their own stories,” Ms Msuya said.
Stakeholders highlighted the need to increase investment in early recovery and livelihood projects.
Ms. Msuya added, “I hear the calls for life-saving assistance and livelihoods to empower women and families. I echo the call for a renewed cross-border response. We will do everything in our power to move forward on this front, but we will need strong donor support.
At the end of her mission, Ms. Msuya visited the new OCHA office in Istanbul.
For more information, please contact:
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA’s activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.