Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
24 Feb 2012
AIF Team on the Syrian Border Delivering Humanitarian Aid
20 MARCH 2012:
21 MARCH 2012:
23 MARCH 2012:
AIF continuously updates its assessment portfolio with regards to the ongoing Syrian crisis
AIF’s aid is already being distributed in various refugee camps on the Turkish/Syrian border
24 MARCH 2012:
Team visits the Boynuyogun refugee camp housing thousands of refugees on the border of Syria. A distribution is carried out with AIF’s ground partner in this camp
25 MARCH 2012:
AIF teams visit families housed in apartments in the city of Antakya.
Food hampers are distributed to the refugees housed in the city at these flats/apartments
27 MARCH 2012:
Over 500 refugees are passing through this border on a daily basis
Many refugees are present in this village
AIF distributes food aid, blankets and mattresses to the refugees in this village
First hand account on the Syrian Refugee Crisis by Al-Imdaad team member
04 Apr 2012
Imagine having your whole life being turned upside down in an instant. Imagine being torn away from your family, picture watching loved ones being butchered before your eyes, think of how it must feel to watch your home being demolished, how it must feel to watch the life drain away from your innocent child. This bleak imagination is a reality to every single Syrian refugee! Each one of them has had to watch their loved ones, their lives and their possessions perish at the blink of eye. Not being able to mourn their losses, unable to salvage anything but their lives, the innocent people of Syria have been forced to flee their homes with nowhere to go and nothing to go towards.
Not being able to watch our brothers and sisters suffer any longer, The Al-Imdaad Foundation mobilised teams from our Jordanian, United Kingdom and South African offices in order to respond to the deteriorating crisis. Unable to enter Syria due to increasingly volatile conditions, our teams were dispatched to border towns in Jordan and Turkey in order to assist the masses of refugees who were lucky enough to escape the carnage in Syria.
Working in Jordan, The Al-Imdaad Foundation set up a clinic to cater exclusively for the medical needs of the refugees. This clinic offered a wide array of services which included general checkups by GP’s, a gynaecology wing, minor operations theatre and a dispensary. High value food hampers and infant care baby packs were also distributed on a regular basis. Many of the refugees in Jordan were unable to get access to refugee camps and thus our office assisted them in covering their accommodation costs. All beneficiaries were verified in order to ensure that the aid was going into the right hands.
Recognising that the crisis was unfolding on more than one front, members of our team then travelled to Turkey in order to provide assistance to the thousands of refugees that had amassed on the Turkish Border. Whilst in Turkey, our team visited a few refugee camps and conducted distributions within the village. Many refugees were staying with friends and family members and The Al-Imdaad Foundation travelled house to house distributing high value food hampers. Working morning through till evening our team was put through their paces visiting depots, packing the goods into boxes, loading the trucks and finally distributing the aid. With the situation being extremely volatile and security being a concern our team was advised to conduct our distributions as quickly and discreetly as possible. Once again, all beneficiaries were verified and all goods received were signed for.