Syria Aid is 'Woefully Inadequate' and UN Action is Needed - Islamic Relief USA

(Originally released by Islamic Relief Worldwide) Syria aid is ‘woefully inadequate’ and United Nations action is needed to negotiate safe cross-border routes, says Islamic Relief.

As the Syrian conflict enters its third year, an outspoken new report from Islamic Relief says the international response to the crisis has been ‘woefully inadequate’ and highlights the ‘chaotic conditions’ and ‘immense suffering’ in makeshift camps that are home to thousands of people. ‘Syria: Two Years, Too Long’ urges the UN Security Council to redouble its efforts to tackle the crisis and negotiate ‘humanitarian corridors’ to allow the unhindered delivery of cross-border aid.

Samina Haq, Islamic Relief USA’s Head of Programs, visited Syria last month to assess the situation in camps where Islamic Relief teams are working flat out to provide shelter, food and medical aid. “As an aid workers I’ve visited many refugee camps but what struck me most was the lack of any coordinated international presence and limited camp management,” she says. “We were confronted with total chaos and immense human suffering.

“I’ve seen for myself how vital it is for aid agencies to deliver more aid inside Syria—a situation that urgently needs to be addressed by the international community. A breakthrough is needed for aid agencies to establish a more significant presence inside the country and help the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who desperately need humanitarian assistance.”

Islamic Relief has been assisting victims of the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011. Last year, Islamic Relief global offices provided assistance to 1.1 Million Syrians—800,000 inside Syria and 300,000 in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. The more than $15 Million (£10 Million) aid program included:

  • Medical aid for 30 field hospitals and 60 other medical points throughout Syria, including a fleet of 30 ambulances
  • Hospital treatment for 18,000 people
  • Food parcels, clothes and shoes for more than 150,000 people
  • 76,000 portions of milk for babies, 450 tons of wheat flour and 200 tons of dates
  • 27,000 hygiene kits as well as sanitation facilities at refugee camps
  • 76,000 blankets and 30,000 mattresses

Visit Islamic Relief USA’s Syrian Humanitarian Relief page to learn more about what Islamic Relief USA donors specifically are doing to help alleviate suffering.

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“Syria: Two Years, Too Long” Youtube clip
Letter-writing to United Nations to create a humanitarian corridor for delivery of aid.
Children’s participation: Draw a picture for Syria.


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