On 23rd September 2014 we responded to a funding alert for the Kurdish refugees from Syria into Turkey.
BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
Islamic State (IS) launched an offensive on the Kobane area in north-eastern Syria on 16 September 2014. The Kobane area has a population of 400,000 and is currently under siege. The city had been relatively stable during the conflict and was host to 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
On 19 September 2014, Turkey reopened parts of its border with Syria and, as of 22 September 2014, 130,000 Syrian refugees had crossed into Turkey’s Şanliurfa province. This is the largest displacement over such a short time span since the start of the conflict.
Large concentrations of refugees are currently located in Suruc and Dikmetas. Numbers are expected to continue to rise in the coming days.
This latest influx outstretches local capacities in Turkey, which already sustains more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees.
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.