1 August 2012
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is supplying several shelters in schools in Damascus with food and hygiene items, as an increasing number of people have been displaced in Syria over the last week.
Nearly 60 schools in rural Damascus have been used as shelters. Over 11,800 people – mostly from areas of the city affected by violence – have sought refuge in them. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has so far reached people in 25 of the schools.
One and a half million people have been displaced since the beginning of the Syria crisis. According to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, people are now being forced to flee a second time, as former safe havens become affected by violence. There are concentrations of displaced people in Homs city, rural Homs, rural Hama and rural Idlib.
Helping displaced people
Together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been preparing mobile health services. These will shortly begin serving several of the schools where displaced people are sheltering.
ICRC water engineers are also monitoring the quality of water people can get at these schools, making sure that hygiene and sanitation are maintained. In close co-operation with local communities, the ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have started preparing thousands of food parcels, mattresses and hygiene kits. These will be given to displaced people over the coming days.
While scaling up its operations to meet these emerging needs, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent continues to run ambulance missions around the clock to help people trapped by conflict. During one week alone in June, 300 ambulance missions were carried out in rural Damascus.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is also helping people who have fled to neighbouring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. National Societies in these countries are supporting people with a number of things, including first aid, ambulance missions, relief items, food, water and shelter.
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