Humanitarian crisis — idlib Syria
Activists are organising the evactuation of civilians from towns targeted in the regime assault to safer areas along the Turkish border and providing food, blankets and some clothes to refugees. There is little more they can do for now.
The conditions on the border are bleak, with one NGO worker telling The New Arab they are expecting the situation to worsen as more flee the bombing.
It’s a horror beyond imagination and as the world watches silently.
- Hasan Almosa, Kids Paradise
Interview by: The NewArab
Hasan Almosa, founder of Kids Paradise said that due to the overwhelming numbers of new refugees each day, activists and NGO workers are faced with the difficult decision of whether to prioritise food, shelter, medicine, or sanitation.
“These are the worst conditions yet in Syria’s nine-year-long conflict. Families are crowded in muddy, overstretched camps in a shrinking area between the closed Turkish border and the front lines — and they’re even being bombed in their vehicles on the road,” he told The New Arab.
Hundreds of women and children are living under the same basic shelters, with mothers threatening suicide unless they can get their own tent or home.
“There are no options for the people. The most immediate priority is to stop the aerial attacks on civilians in Idlib. It’s a horror beyond imagination and as the world watches silently as cities that resisted both Assad and extremists are destroyed and emptied of their residents,” Almosa added.
Kids Paradise have been working on the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of refugees from southern Idlib and western Aleppo, providing snacks and water for the refugees.
A new challenge is providing drinkable water and food to the newly displaced in over 50 makeshift camps along the Turkish border. Kids Paradise and others are organising new campaigns to fund the emergency operations.
The organisation is providing 6,000 kilos of bread to 30,000 refugees each day, but there are new challenges threatening to overwhelm the aid workers.
“Hundreds of thousands of people who fled to the north of Idlib are looking for any shelter even for even one square meter to live in. The situation is indescribable, as the need is increasing but with no way to support them,” Almosa said.
“Many families are sitting under trucks in order to protect themselves for the raining. People are looking to survive for one more day with no clear future for them.”
The solution to ending the crisis would be through negotiations between Russia and Turkey.
Some are hoping for direct intervention by Ankara, as happened earlier this week, following the killing of eight Turkish soldiers in Syrian shelling of an observation post in southern Idlib.
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