Caritas network continuing to support Syrian families

22 Dec 2016   |   Syria   |   Emergencies   |   Middle East   |   Emergency Relief

Syrian mother and child in Turkey

Caritas Australia and the wider Caritas network are continuing to provide support to those in the Middle East as the crisis in Aleppo, Syria continues.

The situation

Aleppo has been caught in a fierce four-year deadlock between the Syrian Government and opposing groups. In recent times, the situation has intensified, with more than 4,500 civilians fleeing opposition held areas of Eastern Aleppo since 19 December and over 250,000 civilians who are believed to still be in the area.

As of 23 December, the Syrian Government is now in control of Aleppo.

How Caritas is responding

The ongoing situation is one that Caritas Australia and the wider Caritas network are continuing to support through funding and programs for Syrian families.

Caritas is making emergency funds available to those fleeing the conflict in Syria. In 2015 alone, the wider Caritas network helped 1.8 million Syrian families. The Caritas programs have provided these families with:

  • Psychosocial and mental health support
  • Healthcare, including GP clinics, secondary services (such as surgery)
  • Educational and social services, including protection to vulnerable refugees
  • Food, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, non-food items (such as blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, heaters and bedding materials)

Caritas Australia is helping those who have fled from Syria to Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey through our Emergency Appeals. We have contributed $5.58 million through these appeals.

The people of Aleppo and all those affected by the crisis are in our thoughts and prayers.

How you can help

If you would like to help those affected by the Syrian crisis, you can:

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