Syria: Help for refugees and internally displaced people Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

10/05/2013

Syria: Help for refugees and internally displaced people

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Thousands of displaced Syrian mothers and children are struggling for survival. „Their needs, especially the children’s needs, increase every day“, says Thomas Molitor, emergency coordinator at Malteser International.

Emergency relief coordinator Thomas Molitor distributes the new backpacks to Syrian refugee children in a school in Kilis, Turkey. (Photo: IBC/Malteser International)

Emergency relief coordinator Thomas Molitor distributes the new backpacks to Syrian refugee children in a school in Kilis, Turkey. (Photo: IBC/Malteser International)

Recently, Malteser International scaled up its aid in the region to cover an additional 13,000 people, including new cross-border relief operations in Turkey and northern Syria. Distribution teams are bringing emergency food packages and baby food from Turkey into a rural, opposition-controlled region to the north of Aleppo in Syria. the food aid will benefit 750 families and 500 infants for a total of 5 months.

In Turkey, Malteser International is also supporting a school in the border district of Kilis, where 1,350 Syrian children currently attend classes. Malteser International is paying an allowance to teachers, subsidizing running costs, and supplying school materials. In addition, the children receive a healthy snack three times a week. „Children learn better when their stomachs aren’t empty“, Molitor says.

Malteser International has been helping the displaced population within Syria and in Turkey and Lebanon since July 2012. The organization distributed emergency kits, heating ovens, blankets and winter clothing to more than 24,000 people in the region. It has also supported a health clinic of the Order of Malta in Lebanon, which offers free health care to Syrian refugees, with medication and medical equipment.

  • 24,000 Syrians received emergency aid
  • 3,280 emergency and hygiene kits
  • 5,400 kits with winter clothing
  • 2,000 blankets
  • 900 heating ovens
  • 30,000 kg of coal for cooking and heating

The school children receive fresh fruit for the break. (Photo: IBC/Malteser International)

According to the United Nations, about 6.8 million Syrian people — 4.2 million internally displaced people in Syria and 1.4 million refugees in neighboring countries — are affected by the civil war in Syria and in dire need of humanitarian aid.

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