By Karen Bendix 9 Jun 2021 |

This is how we help the people of Syria

After 10 years of war, the country needs emergency aid and development more than ever. Mission East distributes emergency aid and helps affected families get back on their feet.

10 years after the civil war in Syria began, and the situation of the population has deteriorated significantly year by year. A UN report reveals that both the authorities and rebel groups are violating fundamental human rights. The UN calls the situation the world's biggest refugee crisis. Cities have become ruins, and armed actors are still exploiting the population, according to the report, which is based on 60 surveys and 8,000 interviews.

The situation is confirmed by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, which reports that the Syrian regime continues to use brutal repression in an attempt to stifle any insurgency by continuing arrests.

The population suffers

Syria is the country in the world that has the largest number of internally displaced people. These are people who have lived with the horrors of war and crisis for over 10 years. They have lost their homes, their land, their jobs - and many family members have died.

They live in a country with widespread shortages of food and fuel and sky-high prices of basic commodities caused by massive inflation and falling exchange rates. According to the UN, 13.4 million people need humanitarian aid. 12.4 million suffer from acute food shortages. The increase in Covid-19 infection in the country further puts the already vulnerable population at risk with health systems that have reached the limit of what they can accommodate.

This is where we, as an aid and development organization, can step in and support the most vulnerable people with humanitarian projects, Covid-mitigation and reconstruction.

1. Humanitarian aid

Mission East works in Syria through our local partner Dorcas to meet a growing need for food, hygiene items, Covid-prevention and protection. For example, we are providing. food and hygiene kits for the most vulnerable people.

2. Psychosocial support

With the experiences the Syrians have been through in the last ten years with war, expulsion and conflicts, many people are severely traumatized. In particular women, children and young people are severely affected and are offered psychosocial support and protection against domestic violence, rape or abuse and exploitation of children.

3. Work preparation

Part of restoring the living conditions of the Syrians is helping them get a job and earn some money. That is why we support entrepreneurship education, women's access to the labor market and farmers with seeds and materials to cultivate the land so they can create a business out of the crops.

4. Educational support

Through vocational training and apprenticeship schemes, we help more young people to get qualified and into employment by connecting them to local businesses and employers.

 

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