Monday September 23, 2013
Red Cross is calling for Australians to support the people of Syria as the humanitarian crisis gets worse and worse.
More than four million Syrians are desperately in need of food and risk dangerous shortages in the weeks ahead as the conflict continues in Syria.
"This is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Almost nine million Syrians need humanitarian assistance," said Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner.
"Inside the country, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is assisting at least two million people a month, with food, water and shelter.
"The trauma being experienced daily by millions of Syrian people is horrendous. Just like you and me, they are trying to live a normal life.
"Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been there since the start of the conflict, with reach to all areas of the country, assisting children and their families to cope through these terrible times," Mr Tickner said.
Red Cross aid worker Jess Letch, who is in Jordan said: "Many Syrians, who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan, are living in refugee camps or with host families. Communities in Jordan and Lebanon are incredibly generous, often providing rooms in their homes for families to live, though essential services like medical facilities are being stretched to the limit," Ms Letch said.
"It's great to see that Jordan Red Crescent and Lebanese Red Cross are really making a difference, assisting communities with their most basic needs, from medical care to food and even helping with household items such as pots and pans.
"Winter is fast approaching, which will add extra strain for the millions who have been forced from their homes. Thousands of families have no place to live, living in tents and in overcrowded conditions. Red Cross will be providing household items like blankets and cooking stoves to help more vulnerable families survive the harsh conditions.
"Women who have survived the hard journey out of Syria are telling me they are so glad someone cares and can provide assistance," Ms Letch said.
Australian Red Cross is running the Syria Crisis 2012 Appeal to support the millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria. To make a donation to the appeal, visit www.redcross.org.au.