Syria aid is ‘woefully inadequate’ and UN action is needed
Syria aid is ‘woefully inadequate’ and UN action is needed to negotiate safe cross-border routes, says Islamic Relief
• Outspoken report ‘Syria: Two years, too long’ published on second anniversary of the conflict
• Accompanying video shows pitiful conditions facing families in makeshift camps
• Charity encourages supporters to write to UN Secretary-General to call for urgent action
As the Syrian conflict enters its third year, an outspoken new report from Islamic Relief says the international response to the crisis has been ‘woefully inadequate’ and highlights the ‘chaotic conditions’ and ‘immense suffering’ in makeshift camps that are home to thousands of people. ‘Syria: Two years, too long’ urges the UN Security Council to redouble its efforts to tackle the crisis and negotiate ‘humanitarian corridors’ to allow the unhindered delivery of cross-border aid.
Samina Haq, Islamic Relief UK’s Head of Programmes, visited Syria last month to assess the situation in camps where Islamic Relief teams are working flat out to provide shelter, food and medical aid. “As an aid worker I’ve visited many refugee camps but what struck me most was the lack of any co-ordinated international presence and limited camp management,” she says. “We were confronted with total chaos and immense human suffering.
“I’ve seen for myself how vital it is for aid agencies to deliver more aid inside Syria – a situation that urgently needs to be addressed by the international community. A breakthrough is needed for aid agencies to establish a more significant presence inside the country and help the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who desperately need humanitarian assistance.”
Islamic Relief has been assisting victims of the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011. Last year we provided assistance to 1.1 million Syrians – 800,000 inside Syria and 300,000 in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Our £10 million aid programme included:
• Medical aid for 30 field hospitals and 60 other medical points throughout Syria, including a fleet of 30 ambulances
• Hospital treatment for 18,000 people
• Food parcels, clothes and shoes for 154,000 people
• 76,000 portions of baby milk, 450 tonnes of wheat flour and 200 tonnes of dates
• 27,000 hygiene kits plus toilet and shower units for displaced people’s camps
• 76,000 blankets and 30,000 mattresses.
For more information, photographs/video or to arrange an interview with Samina Haq, contact Beverley Cohen (07921-655272 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 13 2013