Submitted by ed.kenney
Concern Humanitarian Program & Policy Officer Abby Bruell recently visited our programs in Turkey. Speaking with the Syrian refugees that we work with, she quickly found herself discussing something so basic that people seldom talk about it until it’s gone: bread. Find out why bread’s so important to Syrian culture, and how Concern is working to bring it back to those who need it most.
A Staple of Syrian Life
More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria.
As the parties to the conflict in Syria resume talks to end a war that now enters its sixth horrific year, there is renewed hope for peace. For an end to the suffering of millions of the innocent.
After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
Aug 06, 2015
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of those impacted by the conflict in Syria through the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC). FMEEC has been responding since the beginning of the crisis more than four years ago, working with host communities and churches to meet the basic needs of increasingly large numbers of displaced people seeking safety.
WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2013) – Greater international commitment is needed to respond to the mounting humanitarian crisis in Syria, where a fifth of the population require assistance but access to those in need is severely limited, said the NGO alliance InterAction.
International donors are set to meet in Kuwait on Wednesday for a pledging conference for Syria. The United Nations has set a target of raising $1.5 billion over the next six months to help 4 million people inside Syria and some 700,000 who have fled the war to neighboring countries and North Africa.
The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate quickly. It has become so untenable that over 1.5 million Iraqis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds have fled to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Palestinians, who in an act of political solidarity were welcome during Saddam Hussein's rule, are particularly at risk.
With the exception of Syria, Arab countries have now closed their borders to Iraqi refugees. Despite Syria's policy of giving Iraqis safe haven, it has started refusing entry to Palestinians from Iraq.