UK charity refuses to leave Syria out in the cold
Staff from Human Appeal’s offices around the world arrived recently at the Turkey/Syria border on a mission to help Syrian families survive the bitter cold winter.
As one of the main charities delivering aid into Syria, UK-based Human Appeal is part of a global effort by smaller agencies to fill the gap being left by a downturn in aid from overstretched global charities and NGOs.
Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal CEO, said: “As we approach the fourth year of conflict, we are seeing a decrease in assistance from the international NGOs and UN agencies. These figures show that the international committees are not doing enough to help stop the bloodshed and destruction of a country that just a few years ago was full of life and moving forwards.”
Human Appeal is delivering 10,000 winter packs into Syria, including mattresses and blankets, as well as 10,000 food parcels and 1,000 tons of flour, half of which has been sponsored by Human Appeal’s partner, World Food Programme (WFP), as part of an ongoing monthly project.
The Human Appeal team visited a school for Syrian orphans where the children gave an emotional performance and recounted their individual stories. These children have lost either one or both parents in the conflict and are representative of the thousands of Syrian orphans in desperate need. 5 million children have been affected by the crisis and more than half of them have already lost several years of their basic education.
The team also visited a local Turkish bakery where they rolled up their sleeves to assist Syrian refugees in the bread making process, using the flour purchased by Human Appeal donors. Afterwards, they personally delivered some of the freshly made bread to Al-Amal hospital, which is the only hospital in the area currently treating injured Syrians, and they also personally distributed winter packs amongst Syrian refugees.
More than half of Syrians are internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees and 2 million are desperately in need of daily assistance. Since the conflict began in 2011, around 200,000 Syrians have been killed and 1.5 million have been injured. 1.3 million homes have been destroyed, along with 60% of hospitals and more than 1/3 of Syria’s schools. These figures show the scale of the destruction, which has been described by some UN officials as the biggest crisis since the 2nd world war.
Human Appeal urges the international community - the west, the Arab world and all those that cherish peace and justice - to support the UN agencies and international charities who are working on the ground with the Syrians on a daily basis.