18.12.2014 / For immediate release
As tragedy enters its fourth year - UK charity boss and WFP warns Syria is in danger of being left out in the cold
The UK based charity, Human Appeal, is drafting in extra aid workers from its offices and missions around the world to ensure desperately needed aid reaches Syrian families struggling to deal with the bitter winter.
The Charity - which is headquartered in Manchester - is spearheading a campaign to fill what is says is a dangerous gap being left by a downturn in aid relief from the world’s larger charities and NGOs.
Human Appeal has joined forces with the World Food Programme to boost the amount of aid getting to the Syrian people.
According to the Chief Executive of Human Appeal, there has been a significant drop in the number of aid programmes operating in Syria in the surrounding refugee settlements over the borders.
“As we approach the fourth year of conflict, we are seeing a decrease in assistance from the international charities, NGOs and UN agencies. 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,” says Othman Moqbel.
Moqbel is currently in Turkey organizing a number of initiatives to get much needed food and medical supplies into Syria.
“The terrible situation in Syria means it is becoming more and more difficult to organize ways of getting aid into the country. The global demands on the larger charities is also stretching them and Syria is in danger of being pushed down the priority order,” he says.
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 partners, World Food Programme (WFP), as part of an ongoing monthly project.
Human Appeal has also embarked on a programme to gather as many real life stories of the ordinary people caught up in the Syrian tragedy.
“The more we can bring the fallout in human terms of this tragedy home, the more people will understand how vital it his to help the people of Syria,” says Moqbel.
In the past week, Human Appeal teams have 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. More than 5 million children have been affected by the crisis and over half of them have already lost several years of their basic education.
The team also visited a local Turkish bakery to assist Syrian refugees in the bread making process, using the flour purchased by Human Appeal donors.
They then 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.
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