Syria Emergency Appeal

Syrian boy out in the cold

Syrians who have fled airstrikes are being battered by snowstorms, rain, freezing temperatures, and flooding. 350,000 have fled their homes this winter. Winter kills. Please share your warmth with them.

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Syria Emergency Appeal

Displaced Syrians are living in flooded, muddy, freezing camps. They’re drinking rainwater and burning nappies and rubbish to stay warm, even though they know that the fumes are dangerous.

And, now, they’re braced for the snowstorm that is about to hit, which is putting 70,000 people – including 40,000 children – at risk.

Winter kills. Please, share your warmth with Syrians this winter.

£50 can help towards providing a displaced Syrian with blankets, waterproof protective sheets, children’s clothes, raincoats, wellington boots, food, and fuel for heating.

£100 can provide a family fleeing bombs in Idlib with emergency food, clean water, and shelter.

£165 can provide a displaced family with blankets, waterproof protective sheets, children’s clothes, raincoats and wellington boots.

Fleeing bombs, but afraid of winter

For the 350,000 people fleeing bombs in Idlib, the unimaginable suffering of being forced to leave home has been made even more agonizing by icy temperatures and unrelenting rains that have soaked what little people have been able to escape with, leaving them no way to stay warm and dry.

In the last storm, 22,000 Syrians were affected by snow, flooding, and biting winds which battered and destroyed tents. 12 camps – home to thousands of people – have been inundated by floods, and families are struggling to keep their children and elderly relatives warm and dry.

As another snowstorm threatens, Syrians report that they are afraid of what suffering lies ahead.

Behesti Ismail, Syria Country Director for Human Appeal, says that it’s difficult to describe the hardship that Syrians are facing.

“The conditions that families here face are inhumane and beyond what you could imagine. They’re sleeping on floors, in shelters that don’t keep out the rain, that flood, that won’t protect them against this snowstorm.

“We think we understand what it is to be cold, but this is indescribable. They are forced to continually be freezing, wet, with no way to get warm. Imagine how difficult it is for those who have fled with tiny newborns, or relatives that are almost 100 years old.

“How can we stay warm while others live like this? What person can see such suffering and not do anything to help?”

As storms devastate Syria, help us to bring warmth, food, and clothing to families seeking refuge from violence.

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Critical medical care

After our hospital in Aleppo was bombed and forced to close, Al Imaan Hospital has reopened in Sarmada, Idlib. We want to help the most vulnerable people – especially mothers and children – who have been affected by bombing and displacement.

But we can’t do it without you. Donate, and help us to provide critical care, including winter support, obstetrics and antenatal care, treatment for malnutrition, protection services, and emergency surgery.

Human Appeal's Work in Syria

Human Appeal has helped 8,124,658 Syrian people since the devastating conflict began, 8 years ago.

Your generous donations have helped us to:

  • In 2018 alone, we treated 19,523 children and 15,042 women, delivering over 1,930 babies and screening 32,387 children for malnutrition.

  • We provided 71,800 people in Syria with vital health and nutritional care.

  • We partnered with UNICEF to provide over 1,000 schools with vital educational and learning materials.

  • We transformed the life of a badly injured young girl caught up in the ongoing Syria conflict, by providing a pioneering artificial limb.

  • During Ramadan 2018, we delivered 4,000 food parcels to over 24,000 people, in partnership with the Islamic Welfare Association. We also distributed 1,784 toys for affected children.

  • We helped provide 64 of the most vulnerable Palestinian refugee families in Syria with emergency shelter.

  • Last year, your donations continued to repair and maintain the Dar al Salaam centre for Syrian widows and orphans in Turkey, as well as providing clothing suitable for summer and winter to 178 people. We are helping new residents to enrol in school, providing them with uniforms books and transport to their new schools. We also provided counselling sessions to help residents deal with the trauma they faced in Syria.

  • We helped provide 64 of the most vulnerable Palestinian refugee families in Syria with emergency shelter.

  • Since 2013, we distributed 53,300 tonnes of flour to bakeries across Aleppo, Idlib and Hama.

  • We provided 2,082,370 hungry people with nutritious food.

  • We provided healthcare to nearly 150,000 sick and wounded people.

Our ongoing Syria Emergency Appeal continues to ensure that as many lives are saved as possible.

small boy called Jaward

Samira's Struggle

Samira and her family of 10 fled Aleppo in 2011 at the start of the Syria conflict. They’ve been living in a cramped refugee camp in Lebanon ever since.

Sadly, Samira’s son, Jawad, has not spoken since the first bombings in Aleppo, which happened near the family home. He was just two years old. Too young to understand what was happening, yet he went into a shock, and never recovered.

Seven years later, Jawad is still afraid when he sees new people. He never plays. Never laughs. He communicates with his family using signs. Samira wishes her son could speak and attend school. Yet the everyday struggle of trying to feed her family and trying to access medical help is challenging enough.

Samira prays for a normal life. She dreams she will one day see her son talking and laughing. But like many Syrian refugees in Lebanon, her hope is fading.

With countless lives lost and no end to the war in sight, the Syria conflict, now in its eight year, is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country – more than 11 people – have been killed or forced to flee their homes. Our faith is needed now more than ever.

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