In June 2019, an MFA container of humanitarian relief was distributed to 3 villages and camps in northwest Syria. The container served 3,757 people — or 620 families — with relief supplies, including water purification kits, mujadara meal kits, and hygiene supplies.
"The humanitarian crisis in northwest Syria is worsening every day," said a Watan Rise humanitarian aid worker during GlobalMedic supplies distribution to a displaced persons camp in Arihah in June 2019.
Many of the families in Arihah have been displaced for more than a year, the majority fleeing the countryside of Damascus and Homs with nothing but the clothes on their back. Worse still, Watan Rise observed many people with disabilities and injuries. Arihah has been repeatedly targeted by Syrian government shelling.
A Syrian government airstrike hit a busy open-air market in Arihah on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, killing at least 11 people, most of them children, according to activists. The town of Arihah has been particularly targeted over the last week as the government escalates its offensive against the country's last rebel stronghold.
The airstrike in Arihah left an 18-month-old girl with an amputated leg, according to Dr. Mohamad Abrash, a surgeon and chief of Idlib's central hospital. "This is a systematic displacement policy to empty the busy town out," said the doctor.
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 civilians have been forced to flee their homes to escape the violence. Between May and July alone, there have been more than 450,000 displacements. The majority of those who are displaced are moving to densely-populated areas where humanitarian assistance is over-stretched.
Widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure, such as homes, bakeries, markets, hospitals, schools and water stations, add to the suffering of people in northwest Syria and further complicates the provision of humanitarian assistance.
In partnership with Watan Rise and GlobalMedic, MFA served served 3,757 people — or 620 families — living in Arihah and Al Fu'ah in northwest Syria in June 2019.
Using P&G technology, GlobalMedic developed a water purification kits to provide easy access to clean drinking water. Just one P&G packet turns 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water. Each P&G kit can purify 2,400 liters of water.
GlobalMedic developed a tasty and nutritious meal kit of a traditional Syrian dish, mujadarra, consisting of bulgur, lentils, and onions. Inside each plastic bucket, there are 14 mujadarra meal kits. The dish takes 20 minutes to prepare and each kit feeds 6 people.
In addition, families received basic hygiene supplies like soap bars, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and oral rehydration sachets.
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