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Background
An ongoing internal conflict, the Syrian uprising is part of a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab world demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. Gaining inspiration from concurrent regional protests, public demonstrations seeking to address government corruption, a high rate of unemployment and the absence of an effective constitution began on the 26th of January 2011 and developed into a nationwide uprising. In an attempt to quell the uprising, the Syrian Government deployed the Syrian army and several cities were besieged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

24 Feb 2012
An ongoing internal conflict, the Syrian uprising is part of a wave of social upheaval throughout the Arab world demanding greater political freedom and an end to autocracy. Gaining inspiration from concurrent regional protests, public demonstrations seeking to address government corruption, a high rate of unemployment and the absence of an effective constitution began on the 26th of January 2011 and developed into a nationwide uprising.
In an attempt to quell the uprising, the Syrian Government deployed the Syrian army and several cities were besieged. Due to restrictions placed on foreign journalists by the Syrian Government, verification of death tolls and specific events have been hard to confirm. However, according to the UN and other sources, since the beginning of the uprising, up to 8000 people including armed combatants have been killed in total. Many more have been injured and tens of thousands of protestors have been imprisoned. Over 400 children have also lost their lives in the conflict.
Forced to flee from the intensifying violence, thousands of refugees are streaming into neighbouring Turkey and Jordan. The Al-Imdaad Foundation is currently assessing the situation and seeking ways to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Updates to follow.

 

AIF Team on the Syrian Border Delivering Humanitarian Aid

20 MARCH 2012:
A clinic has been initiated for the thousands of refugees that have crossed over the border from Syria due to the ongoing fighting. Free medical care and treatment has now been provided for the refugees. AIF team members are on hand working closely with doctors and nurses to assist the refugees.
Accommodation has been arranged for families fleeing the violence from Syria in Jordan. All refugees have been carefully recorded onto a database and are receiving continuous aid from AIF which comprises food packages, medical treatment and payment for rental purposes.
Distribution of blankets, mattresses and bedding takes place e for the refugees seeking refuge under the care of AIF in Jordan.

21 MARCH 2012:
A huge distribution of food hampers and packs were distributed for the refugees. Various dignitaries grace the event.

23 MARCH 2012:
AIF relief team arrives in Turkey and are briefed on the current situation and needs of the refugees thus far.

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 spend the day packaging relief items and loading trucks

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 team visits a school for Syrian child refugees and a detailed assessment of their needs is conducted. The team is shocked to learn how many children are orphaned and how their lives have been affected by the fighting in their homeland of Syria.

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:
AIF visits a village on the Turkish/Syrian border

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
To many of us, even under normal circumstances, the prospect of leaving home is often a daunting one. Whether it be for work, studies or even a holiday we are always somewhat wistful when we have to leave, because we are aware of what’s being left behind and the memories that attach us to the place we call home. As is often said, home is where the heart is. Now imagine a completely different scenario.

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.
The Al-Imdaad Foundation will continue to monitor the situation in Syria and our office in Jordan is ready to respond as and when the need arises.
Written by: Muhammed Hasan Sader, International Relations officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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