For those living in the midst of Syria’s civil war, death could easily become a preoccupation.
Three years into the conflict and it’s estimated that 5,000 people are being killed each month. Estimates put the overall death toll at 150,000.
Presidential elections are impending but they could undermine efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict, warns the UN.
For civilians caught in the middle, the struggle for survival is as unrelenting as the sound of gunfire and explosions.
Providing aid is also a challenge but Tearfund is working closely with partners to go where the need is greatest and to help a population that’s increasingly under strain.
Aala* and her family are among those we’re reaching out to by providing them with food parcels, basic hygiene essentials and children’s clothes.
Aala, her 80-year-old mother and her four young children live in a small one-room house, with external kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen has no cooking facilities so meals have to be made over an open fire.
The house belongs to Aala’s mother. They moved there from another part of the country after Aala’s husband died from suspected cancer but undoubtedly the hardships of trying to provide for his family in war conditions took their toll too.
The aid that Tearfund’s providing is proving invaluable, according to a partner staff member who regularly visits Aala and the family.
Moved to tears
‘The grandmother and Aala cried as they thanked God and everyone who had made an effort to help them,’ she said.
‘When I visited with a food parcel, some basic hygiene essentials and some children’s clothes, I was moved to tears by the way the children were touching the food and other supplies.’
Thank you for supporting the people of Syria and our work there, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan.
Besides enabling us to feed thousands of displaced Syrians, your support has provided 4,550 people with new places to live, helped 3,500 people stay warm and nearly 3,000 families live in hygienic conditions.
*Names have been changed