The children of Madaya are starving to death – 10 January 2016
Following months of siege, driving the local population to the point of starvation, Islamic Relief is commencing the distribution of desperately needed supplies through a local partner, as part of its ongoing Syria response.
Islamic Relief has been working in Syria for four years, providing food, medical supplies and shelter to people within Syria and refugees in surrounding countries and Europe.
Over 4 years of unrest has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern history of the Middle East region. More than 12 million Syrians are in desperate need for humanitarian aid – 5.5 million are children, around 6 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 3 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.
Working with Syrians since 2011
Syria is at the centre of one of the world’s most critical humanitarian emergencies. The country is besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of families. On average, one family flees Syria for safety, every minute.
Four years on from the beginning of the conflict, Islamic Relief has implemented more than 223 projects to support vulnerable Syrians in Syria, and neighbouring Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. These projects have varied from providing food aid, non-food items, education support, shelter assistance, psychosocial support, Water and Sanitation Health projects, and medical assistance.
Islamic Relief has reached 7,126,795 people in Syria and neighbouring countries since 2012 through its humanitarian and urgent assistance in various sectors.
In 2014 alone, more than 500,000 Syrians benefited from Islamic Relief’s Winter programmes, with over 11,000 Syrians in Lebanon receiving items such as blankets, clothes, vouchers, gas heaters, gas cylinders and mattresses. Inside Syria, over 44,000 blankets were distributed, as well as thousands of mattresses and sheets.
We intend to carry on our work inside Syria in 2015, so please donate today to make this vital work, possible.
Islamic Relief’s £128 million Syria Programme
Islamic Relief is distributing food and medicines deep inside Syria, and helping hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. The Syrian crisis has become so overwhelming, and funds so overstretched, that aid agencies are having to choose which people get help and which are left to fend for themselves. It’s a problem no refugee should have to face, and a choice no aid worker should have to make. With 12 million people affected, we need your support more than ever before to keep hunger and disease at bay and keep hope alive. Please give your support and donate to Syria.
The Islamic Relief Syria Crisis response has been a £128 million ($311 million AUD!) programme, which has provided assistance to 3 million Syrians so far. 2.2 million of those are inside Syria itself in areas including Aleppo, Idlib and Homs, as well as supporting refugees in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. We have been able to reach 1.28 million people in need in Syriaand many more in neighbouring countries. With a worsening situation where the crisis has entered it’s third year, our 2014 aid programme has included:
- Food provided for 654,438 people inside Syria
- Medical assistance for 438,742 patients inside Syria o Shelter (tents, caravans and rent support) for 91,758 people inside Syria
- 73,830 food vouchers and parcels for Syrian refugees in Iraq
- Shelter for 2,990 Syrian refugees in Jordan
- Equipping 2 ambulances and providing healthcare for 2,209 ill and injured Syrian refugee patients in Lebanon
- 158 Syrian children in Lebanon received psychosocial support to help them cope————————————————-
Islamic Relief provided assistance to 2.1 million Syrians so far. 1.4 million of those are inside Syria itself, in areas including Aleppo, Idlib and Homs; the remainder are refugees in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Our 2013 aid programme included:
- Providing 73 ambulances and mobile health clinics
- Medical treatment for 46,889 injured and sick patients
- 664,340 food parcels and vouchers
- 125,199 blankets and mattresses
- Shelter (tents, caravans and rent support) for 20,062 people
- 5,321,423 medical disposables and pieces of equipment
In addition, we also provided baby food and nappies, hygiene kits, clean water, heaters and fuel, cooking sets, clothes…and much more. As the crisis in Syria deepens, more and more families are fleeing their homes and seeking sanctity in neighbouring countries. Approximately 36% of Syrian refugees are under the age of 12, growing up in makeshift accommodation. Islamic Relief is continuing the emergency relief response amid the insecurity, with support for Syrians inside Syria as well as for those that have fled to neighbouring countries.