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Aid in Syria© Info

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been working in Syria since before the unrest began. It has now scaled up its aid operations and is providing water, food and other essential items. It is also providing medical care, evacuating wounded people to hospitals and handling dead bodies.

As well as working inside Syria, the Movement is supporting people who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey – providing essentials such as cash, food, shelter, psycho-social support and medical care.

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British Red Cross support

Since the unrest began in 2011, the British Red Cross has given more than £8 million – including funds raised through its Syria Crisis Appeal, its Libya & Region Appeal and its Disaster Fund – to support the Movement’s operations in Syria and neighbouring countries.

The British Red Cross has been working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2004, helping them prepare for a range of disasters. Since the conflict began, it has helped support their day-to-day operations, sent experienced delegates to the country and helped to pay for:

  • 123,400 blankets
  • 46,000 tarpaulins
  • 45,300 hygiene kits
  • 61,700 mattresses
  • 10,200 kitchen sets
  • 36,570 food parcels
  • 150 pairs of overalls for volunteers
  • eight ambulances and five surgical kits

The British Red Cross has funded several delegates to work in communities in Jordan, where the majority of Syria refugees in the country are living. It is funding unconditional cash grants for around 375 Syrian families and is supporting the Jordanian Red Crescent with running costs.

In Turkey, the British Red Cross also worked with the Turkish Red Crescent to help Syrians in seven refugee camps along the border. It provided 34,000 mattresses, 2,750 electric heaters, 6,000 tarpaulins and 11,500 hygiene parcels to around 6,800 Syrian families.


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