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Humanitarian groups cry out for violence-hit Syrians

07-27-2012 03:46 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Humanitarian organizations in Syriahave launched relief and support program for violence- stricken people in all Syrians cities and sent outcries about the need for urgent financial aids to meet their basic requirements.

The government-run Tishrin newspaper reported Thursday that nearly 950,000 people have been hit by "attacks from terrorist groups" during the 17-month crisis in Syria. These people have been covered by a relief and support program, but still are in a desperate need for aids and accommodation, it said.

The crisis has forced Syrians to quit their houses and businesses and seek safe haven in other areas with less violence.

The Syrian government has recently formed a committee to supervise the provision and distribution of assistance provided by the Syrian Red Crescent with the cooperation of a number of government and non-government partners since the beginning of April.

Tishrin said there are 15 to 20 social associations in Damascus and its outskirts, in addition to six others in each province, which are taking part in the supervision and relief work.

Ali Ballan, head of the recently-formed committee, told local media that a lot of families in Damascus and its suburbs have been displaced from their houses due to the deployment of "armed terrorist groups" in some districts.

He said those people have been accommodated in around 45 schools, 18 of them in Damascus and the rest in the outskirts, adding that civil associations are supervising those schools and supplying them with basic food items, clothes and health care.

Ballan said a psychological and social support program would be soon applied especially for affected children and women.

He pointed out that even families remaining in their own houses are living under the duress of the "outrageous" economic sanctions slapped on Syria.

"Those families are in an urgent need for assistance to ensure their basic needs," he said.

Currently there are around 100,000 families receiving monthly aid and there is a plan to raise the number to 170,000, Ballan stressed, adding that each family receives a food basket valued around 9,000 Syrian pounds (140 U.S. dollars).

According to initial assessment, the country is in an actual need for 180 million dollars to aid around 1.5 million affected people, Tishrin said, raising question about millions of dollars that have been reportedly donated by some countries to the most susceptible Syrians.

Khaled Erk Sousi, head of operations at the Syrian Red Crescent, has reportedly said his organization has a group of international partners, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Food Program and the Danish Red Cross, which assist in the field of relief and support for affected Syrians.

He said the Syrian Red Crescent has now around 11,000 volunteers, noting that only 2,500 of them assist in the relief program.

The Syrian Red Crescent provides food items to nearly 950,000 Syrians, he said, appealing for an increase in financial aids by international organizations.

He complained that the UN body for humanitarian coordination, for instance, has promised to offers aids to vulnerable Syrians, but nothing happened on ground.

Erk Sousi said Homs' suburbs represent the biggest challenge, with 40 percent of aids go there.

As the crisis is dragging on, the outcries for more humanitarian aids will increase amid reports that the government would not be able to meet the mounting demands of Syrians affected by the crisis, especially as the country is languishing under the suffocating economic sanctions that have dried up all its potentials.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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