Press release - People in Syria need help

People in Syria need help

Welthungerhilfe is assisting displaced persons at the Turkish-Syrian border

(03.12.2012) Welthungerhilfe is assisting approximately 2,000 people who have left their homes around Aleppo and have been living as displaced persons in the border region between Syria and Turkey for weeks.

The Atma Camp near the Syrian border. The security situation changes on a daily basis.
The Atma Camp near the Syrian border. The security situation changes on a daily basis.

That area has become home to several camps, where people are holding out without protection against the cold and without sufficient food and medical care. 500 families receive monthly food rations. In addition, special food for small children is also being distributed. Selected women and men also receive fabric and leather to make them into warm blankets and shoes.

The relief items are distributed to the families by Welthungerhilfe's long-standing partner People in Need (PIN). PIN maintains an office in Turkey and regularly sends its own staff to Syria to inspect the distribution of relief items. During the last two weeks, emergency aid experts from Welthungerhilfe have been able to get a picture of the humanitarian situation in the border region. "The situation of the families that have fled the fighting in fear of their lives is terrible. They are sitting in the cold and mud, and are forced to face the coming winter without any protection whatsoever," is how Rüdiger Ehrler, a member of the emergency response team, describes the difficult humanitarian situation of the displaced families.



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