Millions of Syrians are on the brink of starvation as fire decimates essential bread factory in Turkey.
A bakery which used to provide up to 170,000 loaves of bread every day for Syrian refugees has burnt down.
The bakery, located in Reyhanli, Hatay in Turkey, has helped distribute 200 million loaves of bread since it opened to Syrian refugees. The bakery is also part of a cohort of other coordination centres which has supported internally displaced people in high conflict areas, such as Aleppo, Homs and Idlib, providing clothes to 600,000 and medical aid to 444,000 people. Without the bakery, it is feared more than 10 million may go without bread over the next year.
The Syrian Government have placed crippling restraints on movement and access throughout the entire country, causing an acute shortage of food in crisis stricken areas. As the country’s most staple food item and one of its few and largest internally resourced agricultural products, bread is vital to the people of Syria. Mills have closed down and farmers have abandoned their wheat crops due to lack of resources and heavy fighting. As a result the majority of bakeries have closed, only a few remain operative and at best they are severely under resourced. The closing down of the Reyhanli bakery may have catastrophic effects.
According to United Nations latest statistics, humanitarian needs have increased twelve fold since the beginning of the crisis in 2011. 10.8 million people have been displaced by the conflict. 6.8 million people are severely food insecure.
As part of its mission to save lives around the world, Human Appeal has began its campaign to restore this vital lifeline to many displaced Syrians. More details will be shared about Human Appeal’s efforts over the coming weeks.