The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) is one of the few charities capable of run extensive humanitarian aid campaigns in war-torn Syria, in particular in the northern parts near the Turkish border. As Syria prepares to mark 11 years since the start of the unrest in March 2011, the Turkish behemoth of humanitarian aid remains active in conflict, disaster-hit regions around the worldpursuing son support for affected population.
President of Kerem Kınık charity association says they sent 65,000 trucks full of humanitarian aid to date and that the operations of the Turkish Red Crescent are aimed at those affected population in different regions of Syria. The Red Crescent has sent more more than 5,000 truckloads of humanitarian aid in Syria last year alone and Kınık says that year they plan to increase amount of aid distributed to families in need in the country.
In addition to providing basic food and drinking water, the Red Crescent helps with health care and access to education and psychiatry support. Back in Turkey, he runs programs that offer incentives for Syrian refugees must return to Syrian towns where security has been restored.
Kınık told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Sunday that the Cilvegözü border post between Turkey and Syria is the only point of Entrance for humanitarian aid in Idlib, a hub of moved people in that of the country north in need of emergency help. Last month, the United Nations extended permission of cross-border aid to Syria via the Cilvegözü border post, also known as Bab al-Hawa, for another one six month. Although Bashar Assad’s regime does not approve of aid, the UN Security Council had previously agreed to continue cross-border deliveries in the northwest of the country for another one six months, until January 10, 2022, before the latest extension. The aid sent by the crossing point mainly serves the approximately 3 millions people living in the Idlib regionwhich remains outside Control of Assad’s forces.
The Turkish Red Crescent will also increase deliveries of flour in Syria this yearKınık says. The charity cooperates with the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Turkish Grain Board to send the kitchen staple to the country, delivering 100,000 tons of flour in Syria. The charity also runs bakeries across Syria that use flour for baking bread for those in need. “We will continue our humanitarian aid activities as long as our resources allow both in Syria and here in Turkey for Syrian refugees,” Kınık said.
Last month, Turkish humanitarian organizations intervened up aid efforts for families living in Idlib Province in winter as freezing temperatures beat region. Idlib region East home has a grand population of moved inside people and is one of the last Syrian enclaves to oppose the Assad regime in Damascus.
Idlib is part of a de-escalation zone forged under a deal between Turkey and Russia in March 2020. However, the Assad regime has consistently violated the ceasefirefire termlaunching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.
More Syrians need humanitarian aid more than ever since the beginning of the civil war in the country in 2011, said the UN’s deputy humanitarian chief last week, one sign that the world is failing syria people.” Under-Secretary-General Joyce Msuya told the UN Security Council on Friday as this week’s evaluation of humanitarian needs found than 14.6 millions of Syrians will depend on helps this yeara 9% increase over 2021 and a 32% increase over 2020. “That can’t be our strategyshe said, noting that Syria now ranks among the top 10 countries most affected by food insecurity. countries worldwide, with 12 millions people having limited or uncertain access To food. Msuya said that Syria economy continues to fall, food prices continue rising and people are hungry. the cost of feed a family of five with only basic items almost doubled over the past year.
Families are now spending on average 50% more so they earnce which means borrow money to get by, she said. This forced “unbearable choices”, including the removal of children, especially girls, out of school and the increase in child marriage.
“Female-headed households, elderly people without family supportpeople with disabilities, and children are disproportionately affected,” Msuya said.
She urged donors to respond generously to the upcoming UN humanitarian appeal for Syria for 2022, which will be geared towards “increasing resilience” and access for basic services, including water. “We need more financing and us need to scale up early recovery programming alongside our vital activities work”, said Msuya. “But above all, the Syrians need peace.”
The Syrian conflict that began in March 2011 killed half a million people and moved half the country’s pre-war population of 23 millionsof which more of 5 millions mostly refugees in next to countries. Although the fighting has died down in in recent months, there are still pockets controlled by the Syrian opposition, where millions of people live.