Category Archives: Humanitarian Aid to Syria

The Dire Situation in Aleppo

assessFor an in-depth understanding of the state of the humanitarian crisis — in this case, in the Syrian city of Aleppo, you can read this detailed Joint Rapid Assessment of Northern Syria – Aleppo City Assessment (PDF).

Video Interview with Dr. Saleyha Ahsan

This SBS Dateline video interview features Dr. Saleyha Ahsan, an emergency doctor from London, talking about her experiences in Syria.


Go to the interview.

Exit Syria – Diaries from Zaatari

zaatari2An Australian documentary follows the daily lives of some of the Syrian refugees now living in a sprawling Za’atari refugee camp on the Jordanian border. Here’s how they describe it:

It’s been described as one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Since erupting two and a half years ago, the war in Syria has claimed some 100,000 lives and caused an exodus to a scale not seen in decades. So far, millions of Syrians have been displaced and poured into neighbouring countries to live in makeshift camps under extremely harsh conditions. Za’atari is such a place. Rough, dusty, barren, the refugee camp, located on the border of Syria and Jordan is fast growing into a metropolis and now accommodates around 120,000 people. For the families struggling to survive the conditions of the desert camp – what is daily life like for them? This diary takes you right inside the refugee camp. Over the next four weeks, our crew will immerse themselves in Za’atari, giving you unprecedented insight into the lives of three refugees who agreed to share their stories – stories of resourcefulness, ingenuity and resilience in the most extraordinary circumstances.

See Exit Syria – Diaries from Zaatari.

Photo Gallery from the Zaatari Refugee Camp

zaatariReporter/photographer Will Wintercross has an excellent photo gallery of pictures from the Za’atari refugee camp, which houses thousands of refugees from Syria.

View the gallery here.

When Do No Harm Hurts

David Keen, in this 6 November 2013 op-ed in the New York Times, When ‘Do No Harm’ Hurts, makes an excellent point:

“…funding for humanitarian aid in Syria continues to fall far short of appeals, and opportunities for helping local councils and a variety of Syrian relief organizations continue to be missed. So too, crucially, does the opportunity for cross-border relief (notably from Turkey). As in most humanitarian emergencies, United Nations agencies have been putting their faith in delivering aid to rebel areas via government-held areas. But as happened so often in the past, the assumption of government cooperation has proved overly optimistic…

40 percent of Syrians Need Humanitarian Aid Says UN

A 4 November 2013 article by Reuters says:

The United Nations estimates that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40 percent of the population need humanitarian assistance due to the country’s 2-1/2-year civil war, the U.N. humanitarian office said on Monday.

Other Groups Supporting the Children of Syria

A number of other groups are helping to support the children of Syria. They include:

Mercy Corps
Doctors Without Borders
Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations
Syrian British Medical Society
Karam Foundation
Hand in Hand for Syria
War Child International
Doctors of the World UK

See our complete list now.

Doctor: Syria Snipers are Targeting Pregnant Women and Children as a Game

Among the grim anecdotes of the civil war playing out in Syria comes perhaps the most sobering report of all – that bored snipers are playing a “death game” and their targets include children and pregnant women. The story was reported on CBS News.

Syria’s Grinding War Takes Toll On Children

nprThis National Public Radio story (21 October 2013) talks about the psychological and physical impact of the war in Syria on its children.

See the story, and listen to a stream of the radio broadcast.