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Providing Lifeline for Syrian Refugees

Providing Lifeline for Syrian Refugees – 7 Jan 2014

Eight months ago, Ziyad (43) was working as a nurse in the Syrian city of Dara’a which is on the frontline of his country’s civil war.

Each day he saw injured civilians and fighters being brought to the hospital where he worked and each day he faced the challenge of treating people when there weren’t enough medical supplies to go round.

As the security position in Dara’a deteriorated and threats started to be made against him, Ziyad took his family and fled across the nearby border to Jordan.

Unlike many, they have a proper roof over their heads as they’re living in a two-room apartment but life in general, and paying the rent in particular, is a constant struggle.

A Tearfund partner is supplying Ziyad and his family with the only aid they have received – mattresses, blankets and food.

Thanks to generous support for Tearfund’s Syria appeal, Ziyad’s family has received three distributions of household items and the aid is proving invaluable when there is no other help on offer.

When asked how he deals with his family’s troubles caused by the conflict, Ziyad simply replied: ‘I have to stay strong for my family.’

But he is praying too, praying that peace will return to Syria and he is hoping that the Geneva peace talks between the two warring sides that are scheduled for January will be successful.

Tearfund is working with partners in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan bringing life-sustaining aid in the form of:

  • food
  • hygiene kits
  • blankets
  • mattresses
  • warm clothing
  • stoves
  • help to pay for accommodation
  • psycho-social support for traumatised children

The UN estimates three-quarters of Syria’s population of 22 million people will require humanitarian aid in 2014.

Syria’s civil war has claimed more than 100,000 lives, displaced 6.5 million people within the country and led to 2.2 million becoming refugees in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Turkey, half of them being children.

Please give to our Syria appeal.

Featured Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund, Zaatari camp, Jordan, home to approximately 124,000 Syrian refugees. Yara (4 months) with her sister and grandmother. Name changed for security reasons.

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