This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 44,183,265 (an increase from CHF 32,311,220) in cash, kind, or services, and extends the timeframe of the operation by an additional four months (until 31 December 2013) so as to support the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) in continuing to provide assistance for up to 225,000 beneficiaries accommodated in 17 refugee camps in Turkey. Including the sum of CHF 8,341,902 received to date in multilateral contributions, the net Emergency Appeal request is CHF 35,841,363. A final report will be made available by the end March 2014.
Appeal coverage: some 18.8 per cent (provisional figure) against the revised total budget of CHF 44.1 million.
This emergency appeal had originally been launched on behalf of the TRC on 9 November 2012 for CHF 32,311,220 for a period of six months to assist 170,000 people.
Operations Updates were published on 21 December 2012, 31 January 2013 and 9 May 2013.
On 9 May 2013 the Appeal timeframe was extended until 31 August 2013 pending revision of the plan of action and the budget.
This revised Emergency Appeal focuses on supporting the TRC`s plan of action to continue providing support for up to 225,000 Syrian people who have found refuge in 17 camps on the territory of Turkey. The IFRC has been requested to assist with the mobilization of the resources to assist an additional 60,000 refugees that will be accommodated in five new refugee camps which are being established in Turkey.
Summary: The continued conflict and crisis in Syria is having a disproportionate impact on the humanitarian situation. UNHCR reports 1,557,134 people fleeing to the neighbouring countries.1 From this number, some 350,000 Syrian people are estimated to have taken shelter in Turkey.2 In the first half of May 2013 the average number of daily arrivals reached 8,000. According to UNHCR`s projection, up to 1,000,000 Syrian citizens may require temporary protection in Turkey by the end of 2013.
Exceeding the original target of Syrian people mentioned in the Emergency Appeal of 9 November 2012, the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) is actually assisting 194,968 Syrian citizens within the Turkish Government’s
operation for supporting the temporarily protected Syrian citizens living in 17 camps in Turkey through the delivery of food and non-food items to the camps’ residents.3 In the following one or two months, five new camps will be established by the Turkish Government. That will bring the number of camp residents to over 225,000. Through this appeal, the TRC will take the responsibility for the distribution of non-food items in the 22 camps in addition to other services.
This revised Emergency Appeal changes the focus from winterization-aimed activities to mid-term relief support to Syrian families that have been granted temporary protection in Turkey. The revised appeal will focus on non- food items (NFI) distribution activities to complement the food-related activities funded by TRC and other partners in the form of e-cards in order to achieve a better coordination of the humanitarian agencies` efforts channelled through the Turkish Red Crescent. The non-food items include blankets, mattresses, bed sets, kitchen sets, stoves, heaters and electric fans for hot weather conditions.
The IFRC and the TRC would like to express their sincere thanks to the Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies and the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Monaco, Norway, South Korea Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America as well as to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) for their support rendered in response to the IFRC’s Emergency Appeal.
The TRC also conveys its gratitude to the Red Cross Societies of Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, as well as to the IOM, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP and UNHCR for their support provided on a bilateral basis.