After the Turkish attack in North-East Syria in October 2019, thousands of people were forced to flee and remain, to the present day, internally displaced.
Winter has arrived in their country, and temperatures fell below freezing. Under these circumstances, granting a shelter to this families becomes increasingly difficult.
Once again the Syrian people are under attack and forced to flee, after having already fled their homes at least once during these 9 years of conflict.
People in refugee camps are more than 70.000.
“The entire health care system we have worked on, now is at risk of collapsing. We must be aware of one thing: the priority of the population is to find a safe shelter. There are still thousands of people living far from their homes, almost 10% of the entire population.
The lack of safe shelters creates a problem especially at a health care level, but not only. Suffice it to say that 70% of the schools are currently occupied by displaced people. That means that children haven’t been in schools for months”, explains Pedro, UPP doctor.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We work to support the humanitarian emergency response providing the delivery of humanitarian aid: medicines, tents, blankets for the winter, and hygiene kits for displaced people. We keep on providing protection to the victim of gender based violence as we’ve been doing for years. Such as the creation of field medical facilities to ensure reproductive healthcare to displaced women.
The fourth day from the beginning of the Turkish attack in North-East Syria, the Turkish air force bombed the healthcare facility in Serekanyie/Ras Al Ain. Two doctors were injured and our ambulances were damaged.
Attacking the medical structures, medical health staff, humanitarian workers is such a serious violation of the Geneva Convention and an unacceptable action.
Despite the challenges, local staff are still working.
“Now it is the time to become more sensitive about the priorities: we’ve decided to work in 6 camps for displaced people, basing our work on their needs. We take decisions along with the community. Our colleagues from the Kurdish Red Crescent and our local staff never gave up. Not even for a moment. Surely, we can’t do that”, explains Pedro, UPP doctor.
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We can’t abandon these people.
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