Humanitarian Relief | 9,660 People Served in Jarabulus Refugee Camps in Northwest Syria
In July 2019, an MFA container of humanitarian relief was distributed to families living in four camps outside the city of Jarabulus in northwest Syria.
The container served 9,660 people—or 1,425 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 their homes to escape the violence. Between April and August alone, there have been more than 750,000 displacements. The majority of those who are displaced are moving to densely-populated areas where humanitarian assistance is over-stretched.
The medical infrastructure continues to be under attack. Since the end of April, a staggering 50 medical facilities have been bombed and 30 aid workers have been killed. Widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure, such as homes, bakeries, markets, hospitals, schools and water stations, adds to the suffering of people in northwest Syria and further complicates the provision of humanitarian assistance.
1,425 Syrian Families Served
The relief supplies were distributed to Al Hilwaniyah, Al Aweanehm, Amarinah, and Al-Dawajn camps outside of Jalabus, where the population largely consists of residents displaced from Homs city and its countryside, Hama countryside, and Al-Safirah, where heavy shelling and ongoing violence has forced families to flee the area.
Most families in these camps live in impoverished conditions due to low income and the lack of job opportunities. Most people who are able to work do so as low-paid porters. Even as porters, they do no earn a livable wage, and are unable to meet the basic needs, such as food and clothing.
Jarabulus is a city in Aleppo governate on the western bank of the Euphrates River and along the Turkish border. After being liberated from the Islamic State in August 2016, the city began to see a rebuilding civilian infrastructure and public services, after significant investment from the Turkish government.
However, despite the city’s reconstruction, displaced persons camps outside of Jarabulus are growing due to the continued violence in northwest Syria that is forcing families to seek safety in the Turkish-protected area.
Abu Amin, a camp beneficiary during the aid distribution, appealed to organizations and agencies for food, electricity, and sanitation. He stressed that his camp suffers from a severe shortage of assistance, especially tents and water. Moreover, Abu said that camp residents need a medical center or a clinic that can provide free health services. He called on organizations to provide medicines for displaced people to prevent diseases.
Um Ahmed, a displaced woman from the eastern Hama countryside, said the water provided to the displaced people in the camp is insufficient. She noted that there have been several cases of illness among children due to poor water conditions.
Water Treatment Kits, Mujadarra Meals, and Hygiene Supplies
MFA and its partners distributed 1,584 water treatment kits with hygiene supplies and 160 mujadarra meal kits to the four camps.
Using Rainfresh and P&G technology, GlobalMedic developed water treatment 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. Each Rainfresh kit, with ceramic filters that trap harmful bacteria, can provide a family with roughly one year of water.
As part of the water treatment kits, families received basic hygiene supplies like soap bars, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and drinking cups.
GlobalMedic created 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.
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