18.03.2015 / For immediate release
A four-year ‘anniversary’ for Syria – No reason to celebrate
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011 the country has been in a constant state of havoc and political unrest. A number of governments and aid agencies have attempted to answer the cries for help but all evidence shows the situation continues to deteriorate.
Although those agencies delivering aid have been severely hampered in finding a resolution to the situation, they remain committed to the people in need. However, much more can and needs to be done.
In the past four years more than 11 million people have been forced from their homes; with 4 million having fled Syria as a result of the war. Around 7.6 million people are internally displaced, which is half the population of Syria. This crisis has resulted in the largest refugee exodus in modern history.
UN officials state that an estimated 12.2 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance; 5.6 million of whom are children.
Furthermore, a report published by the UN this month estimated a total of $202 billion in economic loss since the start of the conflict and that four in every five Syrians are currently living in poverty.
These shocking figures demonstrate the pressing need to act and help the Syrian victims of a crisis that sees no near solution. The involvement of several countries and parties in the issue further aggravates the matter.
However, putting the ever-complicated politics aside, the humanitarian crisis needs to be met. With Syria’s education, health and social welfare systems in a state of collapse, it is the responsibility of international bodies and relief agencies to come to the aid of those in need.
Here at Human Appeal, we have launched the ‘Syria not 4gotten’ campaign to mark four years of the crisis. Four years on, it is vital that we keep Syrians in our hearts and minds and show them that they have not been forgotten by the world.
Since 2011, with the help of our donors and supporters we have managed to provide:
- 16,800 tonnes of flour, reaching more than 3.5 million Syrians.
- 19,000 winter kits; including mattresses, blankets, undergarments, clothes and plastic sheets.
- 2,500 packs of baby biscuits and 3,500 packs of baby milk.
- Equipped a specialist care hospital with 12 ambulances and advanced diagnostic intensive care equipment benefiting more than 600 patients each month.
- Shelter for over 1,400 people.
- Improved clean access to drinking water for 1,000 families.
- Child vaccinations for some 1.4 million children.
- Over 105,000 food parcels and 22,000 hygiene kits reaching 683,000 people.
- Essential medical equipment for a rehabilitation centre for Syrian refugees in turkey.
- Other work such as school refurbishments, seasonal food and fresh meat during our Qurbani campaigns.
This year we plan on doing more; providing more food, shelter, education and healthcare to as many suffering Syrians as we can. We urge everyone to do whatever they can to help – whether it is by donating, volunteering or any other means. Human Appeal is one of the few bodies delivering aid on the ground. We constantly urge ourselves, other agencies and individuals to do all they can to help, this situation cannot be taken lightly.
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