The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been helping in Syria since before the unrest began. It has now scaled up its response and is providing medical care, food and supplies.
While violence is not yet affecting the whole country, humanitarian needs are growing. Many people are directly affected by the violence and residents of the affected areas are struggling with harsh economic and psychological conditions. Many people cannot work and many children cannot get to school.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are currently the only major humanitarian agencies able to operate within Syria. Since the unrest began in 2011, the British Red Cross has given over £800,000 – including some funds raised through its Libya & Region Appeal and its Disaster Fund – to support operations in Syria.
This money has helped buy eight ambulances, 3,000 food parcels, 150 pairs of overalls for volunteers, 3,200 blankets, 1,600 kitchen sets and 1,800 hygiene kits, as well as assisting with day-to-day running costs to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s operations.
The British Red Cross is also supporting a public awareness campaign in Syria, to ensure the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s work is understood and respected – this includes education to highlight the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s neutrality, and the Movement’s fundamental principles.
To date, the ICRC has provided:
- over 17,500 food parcels, enough to feed 108,000 people for one month
- 30,000 school kits to children from poor households in affected areas, each of which contains a school bag and a complete set of stationery
- over 6,000 blankets and over 2,000 hygiene kits
- medical kits to treat tens of thousands of wounded people.
PLEASE NOTE: The Syria Crisis Appeal will cover numerous countries including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event that the appeal raises more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world. For more information visit redcross.org.uk