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Syria: SOS Children launches Emergency Relief to help vulnerable communities

Syria: SOS Children launches Emergency Relief to help vulnerable communities

In the current conflict, the lives of many families in Syria are falling apart. Parents are losing their jobs and homes, and many are struggling to make ends meet. Our charity is initiating an Emergency Relief Programme in the country to help displaced families to survive and ensure they have access to shelter, food and education.

Since the uprising in Syria began in March 2011, the bloody battle between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule has wreaked havoc on the lives of many families.

Children and innocent civilians are caught up in the fighting and many families have fled their homes in fear. According to The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, there are as many as 1.5 million homeless people inside the country. Hundreds of thousands of families have also fled to neighbouring countries such as Jordan, where over two-thirds of camp residents are young children. Many families left home without any supplies and little money. With no sense of security or stability, parents are unable to provide for their children

Stepping up Emergency Relief

SOS Children has been working in Syria since 1980. In August 2012, we increased our work in Damascus to help nearly 4,000 families affected by the crisis.

As the situation for families worsens further, and the harsh conditions of wintertime are foreseen to worsen suffering, we are rapidly expanding our work in the country further. With your help, we are planning to help at least 10,000 people displaced from their homes by the violence, across at least three locations.

The assistance will include food packages for vulnerable children and their families. They will also be offered medical treatments and nutritional support. Children will receive psychological care in “child friendly” spaces in refugee camps, where they can work through the trauma they have experienced with qualified staff. We will ensure that they can continue their education despite the difficult conditions, by paying for school fees and educational equipment.

A life of fear

Syria family ERP 3Amjad (12) had to flee his home after shells were falling in front of his house. Pictured (right), he says: "I no longer want to go back home, I am afraid of going back there. I used to hide in the kitchen between the oven and the refrigerator on the floor closing my ears with my fingers so I don't hear the shelling and shooting. I will never go back again to our old house, we were so scared there."

Through our Emergency Relief Programme, we will support families such as Amjad’s to cope with the present crisis and rebuild their lives.

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