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Solidarity with Syria Appeal

Aleppo is a city ravaged by war, more than 100,000 have been displaced and many killed. Today the city is relatively calm but people are still in great need with essential food and medical supplies very low and many hospitals destroyed. You can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable by supporting us as we work with our partners inside Syria.

Aleppo update

Until recently the capital city of Aleppo was a war zone divided into east and west; both sides of the city being held by opposite factions in the war. Today the city is relatively peaceful and people are beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives amidst the bombed buildings. Since 22 December 2016 all areas of former east Aleppo city are now accessible to humanitarians but due to the risk of undetonated explosives movement in and to the neighbourhoods is only recommended through main roads and rubble has yet to cleared in some places.

We are working with partners on the ground Secours Catholique (Caritas France) and Caritas Syria by providing vital healthcare to people in need. There is a particular focus on the elderly, an especially vulnerable group. The programme aims to help more than 1,500 people in Aleppo to access medical care, many have heart disease. We also provide psychosocial  support to 1,000 vulnerable elderly people in the city in the form of social gatherings and home visits.

 

 

Syria overview

Right now 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, 11.5 million have no access to doctors or hospitals, 40 percent of these are children. 

In 6 years, more than 400,000 people have been killed in Syria, and half of the 22 million population have been displaced.

Civilians continue to be the main victims of the Syrian conflict, and due to the destruction of the Syrian economy and infrastructure, poverty has become entrenched. There is also a lack of basic utility services, which has increased outbreaks of disease. Essential health services have been further disrupted by the exodus of medical staff.

“As president of the Catholic aid charity Caritas [in Syria], I am co-ordinating emergency relief for tens of thousands of people of all faiths, who desperately lack food, medical care and shelter, working in areas held both by the government and by armed opposition groups.

"We have many centres where people come to receive aid, and our volunteers go out to find those too weak, sick, old or young to help themselves. We support people of all backgrounds.”

Bishop Antoine Audo, President of Caritas Syria

You can make a real difference to the most vulnerable within Syria      

 

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