October 3, 2012
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British Red Cross receives £1m DFID funding to assist Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey
• Funding for Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal as concern grows for increasing refugee population living in camps near border
• Injection of funds to provide winter-weather support, including shelter, heaters and clothing, as conflict moves into its second winter
•Donation will assist Turkish Red Crescent work in camps near Syrian border
•The British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal is still open for donations at: www.redcross.org.uk/syriacrisis
The British Red Cross will receive £1m from the UK Government to provide 10,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey with essential supplies as the inhospitable winter approaches. The funding will assist the Turkish Red Crescent to provide key essentials like blankets, heaters and warm clothing for adults, babies and children, as well as fuel and cookers to heat food and shelter for refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria.
Barry Armstrong, Disaster Response Manager for British Red Cross, said:
“Many people have fled the fighting and have not been able to bring basic winter clothing or blankets with them. Turkish winters are desperately cold at night, and thousands of people are living in tents without adequate protection against the winter weather.
“Already there are over 93,000 refugees registered in Turkey, and more and more people continue to cross the border to safety. The Turkish Red Crescent have been providing much needed aid including shelter and food, but we need to step this up”.
The Red Cross Red Crescent movement are providing support both in Syria and in the surrounding countries. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) are among the only major agencies able to work across frontlines in Syria. In Syria the Red Crescent is providing healthcare support including medical supplies, food, basic aid items such as hygiene kits, and first aid training for communities.
In Lebanon, the Red Cross are providing medical support to refugees, and in Jordan the Red Crescent are supporting over 50,000 Syrians refugees with food and other basic aid items.
The British Red Cross is running an appeal for Syria and the region. To donate to the Syria Crisis Appeal go to redcross.org.uk/syriacrisis or call 0845 054 7206
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• To support the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/syriacrisis or call 0300 023 0821.
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