In Syria, Increasing Assistance To Civilians

In Syria, Increasing Assistance To Civilians - Photo courtesy of Reuters/KhalilAshaw

In Syria, Increasing Assistance To Civilians - Photo courtesy of Reuters/KhalilAshaw

We today appealed to our donors for an additional $65.2 million in an effort to increase our assistance efforts within Syria and in neighbouring countries.

Head of operations for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini explains that two years after the beginning of the crisis, our teams in Damascus, Homs, Idlib, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor are witnessing a major humanitarian catastrophe, with no solution in sight.

As Mr. Mardini reminds us, needs keep growing - the Syrian economy is crumbling, with access to work, shelter, clean water, food and healthcare now precarious in many parts of the country - yet the level of field presence needed for a proper humanitarian response remains insufficient.

With today's appeal, Syria becomes the largest ICRC operation worldwide, a sad milestone in the context of an ever-worsening humanitarian situation that impacts hundreds of thousands of civilians within and outside Syrian borders.