Medair sends teams to the Syrian border to bring urgent relief to families fleeing for their lives.
Conflict in Syria has erupted into a full-scale civil war endangering lives in almost every community in the country. Desperate families, caught in the crossfire, are leaving everything behind and fleeing into neighbouring countries.
More than 250,000 Syrians have already fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey. On 11 September 2012, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards commented on the speed of the exodus, calling it “an extraordinary acceleration of this crisis.”
Medair Responds in Lebanon and Jordan
Medair is immediately sending emergency relief teams to the Syrian border in Lebanon and in Jordan. “We need to be there right now for the people of Syria,” said Manuel Jagourd, Medair Emergency Desk Officer. “This is a massive, developing crisis.”
Right now, embattled refugees are arriving in Lebanon, placing a heavy burden on host communities. In Jordan, refugees are being housed in border camps that have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of people arriving every day.
“Our teams will assess the most urgent unmet needs in Lebanon and Jordan and we will respond flexibly and rapidly to bring relief where and in whatever way it is needed most,” said Manuel.
Medair is also actively open to exploring the viability of providing relief in other neighbouring countries and within Syria itself when the time is right and security permits.