Damascus/Beirut/Geneva, 23 April 2018 – As the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria continues into its 8th year, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are appealing for increased support for people affected by the crisis. This plea comes as Governments and international organizations gather for the Second Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region.
In recent months, fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people from Afrin and Eastern Ghouta where SARC has led a large-scale emergency response for more than 340,000 people fleeing the besieged areas.
“This conflict continues to devastate communities, and to plunge to new depths of inhumanity,” said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who is attending the Brussels Conference.
SARC is the main humanitarian actor in Syria, and in 2017 provided recurrent emergency and other forms of assistance to about 5 million Syrians. Demands for Red Crescent services continue to grow. In areas that are newly accessible, there is often a total lack of basic services. In such areas, SARC is often the only organization able to operate, and is tasked with restoring basic services such as water, bakeries and health services.
These services are critical to promoting peace and bringing a sense of normality back to daily lives.
“We appeal to our partners to increase their support to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent – to make sure there is a continued supply of live saving, relief items and medical supplies. We need to work together to ensure that people across Syria receive the help they need,” said Mr Sy.
IFRC and SARC are appealing for 51.7 million Swiss francs to sustain support for emergency relief interventions in 2018, while calling for more investment in longer-term programmes that re-establish health services, support communities, households and individuals to rebuild livelihoods.