Ahmad, who suffers a birth disability, fled east Aleppo last month along with his mother and sought refuge at Jibreen collective shelter where he attends a UN funded remedial classes to catch up with his education. Some 90,500 people from east Aleppo have been registered across Aleppo city, in both eastern and western neighborhoods. The over-whelming majority of them reside in houses, while 4,250 remain in the Jibreen collective shelter, where UNHCR and UN agencies are providing urgent aid including shelter, food, fuel, winter clothing, water and sanitation, medical support and protection services. ; The brutal fight for Aleppo, which lasted over four years, ended last month when government-backed forces re-established control over the ancient city, and evacuations of citizens were arranged. There are now tentative hopes that the warring sides will engage in peace talks to end the broader civil war. Among the estimated 1.5 million people now in Aleppo, UN agencies have access to about 400,000, the same number that are estimated as displaced in the city. Some families have settled with friends and family. However, many thousands are sheltering in damaged buildings or informal settlements.
UNHCR, other UN agencies and partners have been focusing on immediate assistance. The priorities are shelter, food, fuel, winter clothing, water and sanitation, medical support and civilian protection for a population scarred by years of conflict.