Thursday, 22 August 2013 - 5:45pm - 7:00pmVenue:
Law Theatre, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Rd, The Australian National UniversitySpeaker:
Elizabeth Ferris, co-Director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy.
Since the onset of the violence in Syria in March 2011, the situation has deteriorated from a humanitarian perspective. 6.8 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance and over 1.6 million people have fled to the neighbouring countries. Access to victims in Syria remains difficult for international humanitarian organisations and the capacity of neighbouring countries to assist refugees is stretched.
Ms Ferris will provide an assessment of the humanitarian situation in Syria including the scale, scope and speed of displacement, the particular challenges in assisting and protecting refugees and IDPs, the needs of particularly vulnerable groups and the impace on host communities such as Lebanon.