Humanitarian Relief | 8,749 People Served in Dayr Ballut and Mahmudiyah Camps in Northwest Syria

In July 2019, an MFA container of humanitarian relief was distributed to families living in Dayr Ballut and Mahmudiyah camps in northwest Syria. The container served 8,749 people—or 1,488 families—with relief supplies, including water treatment kits, mujadara meals, and hygiene supplies. More than 3 million people are in need in northwest Syria. Making conditions worse, violence continues unabated. Since the end of April, more than 800 people have been killed, including some 218 children and 179 women. The impact of hostilities on women and children, who make up for the 76 percent of the total population, is particularly severe. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee the

Call To Action | Stand Up for U.S. Refugee Resettlement

Call To Action | Stand Up for U.S. Refugee Resettlement No doubt you’ve seen the media reports that the administration is preparing an executive order to encourage states and localities to stop refugee resettlement, in addition to some administration officials proposing resettling zero refugees in 2020. MFA believes that now it is more important than ever for our member groups to speak out against the erosion of this vital American principle-to welcome refugees to our shores to start a new life. We strongly encourage you to write to your governor, mayor, state legislators, chambers of commerce—as well as businesses and other partners—to encourage them to weigh in directly with the administra

Abu Ra'if and the Impact of the Syrian Crisis on Older People

Abu Ra'if and the Older Syrians during the War Abu Ra'if roams over the clay-colored dirt outside the village of Haram in northwest Syria. The 90-year-old is paralyzed and unable to walk. He relies on a motorized wheelchair in order to move. He parks his wheelchair beneath the shade of an olive tree, facing the laundry on a line out to dry. “I have experienced several wars, but nothing like this,” Abu Ra'if said. Abu Ra'if lost a son during an airstrike in the city of Maarat al-Numan in northwest Syria. His home was also completely destroyed. Now—Abu Ra’if, his wife, and one-surviving son live in a makeshift shelter on farmland outside of Haram. The war has displaced Abu Ra’if, leaving the 9

Maternal and Women’s Health Crisis in Syria

Maternal and Women's Health Crisis in Syria Thousands of pregnant women, infants, and young children continue to flee the bombardments in northwest Syria. Pregnant women are among 1 in 3 displaced families, according to a new World Vision report. Additionally, half of the families interviewed for the report included a breastfeeding woman and a young child. The magnitude of the violence in Idlib is causing a mass exodus, with more than 450,000 Syrians fleeing the region. Refugees camps in the surrounding areas are becoming increasingly unlivable, and families are being forced to settle in orchards or fields where they lack access to sanitation, running water, healthcare, and security. For pre

House Resolution Condemning Attacks on Syrian Hospitals and Medical Personnel Re-Introduced

House Resolution Condemning Attacks on Syrian Hospitals and Medical Personnel Re-Introduced On May 22nd, 2019, Congressman Brenden F. Boyle (PA-02) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced Resolution 395 to the U.S. House of Representatives “condemning the senseless attacks on hospitals and medical personnel in Syria, among other purposes.” Congressman Boyle, Congressman Kinzinger and 32 other Members of Congress also wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to preserve the cease-fire in Northwestern Syria. The resolution itself details how medical facilities continue to be systematically targeted and attacked by the Government forces of Syrian and the R

Humanitarian Relief | 5,568 People Served in Idlib's IDP Camps

In June and July 2019, an MFA container of humanitarian relief was distributed to families living in 7 displaced persons camps outside of Idlib in northwest Syria. The container served 5,568 people — or 1,200 families — with relief supplies, including water purification kits, mujadara meal kits, and hygiene supplies. There are more than 3 million people in need in northwest Syria. Making conditions worse, violence continues unabated. Since the end of April, more than 700 people have been killed and some 3,500 people have been injured. The impact of hostilities on women and children, who make up for the 76 percent of the total population, is particularly severe. Hundreds of thousands of civi

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria WASHINGTON—Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, announced that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria was warranted, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. With his signature, he has extended Syria's TPS designation for 18 months. The decision to extend TPS for Syria was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country's designation is based, which was ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions, as well as an assessment of whether those conditions continue to exist as required by statute. Follo

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