The Irish Red Cross is today launching an emergency appeal to raise funds for those affected by the ongoing fighting in Syria.
The appeal will support the work of the international Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in assisting vulnerable people and communities in Syria. The Red Cross has been on the ground in Syria from the very beginning and as thousands flee their homes looking for safe shelter the need for assistance is now greater than ever.
The situation remains fraught with danger and uncertainty in several parts of Syria as armed confrontations continue in Aleppo, parts of Damascus and Homs. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are continuing to assist displaced people and others affected by the fighting in Damascus and elsewhere.
Recent reports from Syria show that 1.5 million people are now affected, with thousands wounded or having lost their lives. Violence has spread across the country, reaching previously unaffected areas and an increasing number of people have been displaced, often towards rural areas where access to social support is difficult, and it is a challenge to meet even basic needs.
The Irish Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal will assist the international Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent National Society (SARC) to directly assist over 200,000 beneficiaries for 12 months and to strengthen its capacity to respond to the needs of more than 1.5 million people. Money raised will go towards purchasing food and mattresses, along with emergency and basic health care.
The Irish Red Cross is a National Society of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The Society works internationally and at home in Ireland to assist those affected by natural disasters and conflict.
For further enquiries contact Rebecca Dunne, Irish Red Cross – 087 743 3275/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo:Staff and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) provide vital relief to people in the town Bloudan, 50km North-West of Damascus. PHOTO: Ibrahim Malla