With the war in Syria entering its sixth year, it’s easy to get lost in the facts and figures.The enormity of the need can overwhelm us.
What can help is putting a face on the crisis–meeting some of the people affected by the crisis and hearing their stories.
What can help is putting a face on the crisis–meeting people affected by the crisis and hearing their stories
• As many as 470,000 dead.
• 4.6 million who have fled the country as refugees.
• 6.6 million displaced within Syria.
• 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
These are people like Mustafah and Fatiya Al-Nadilsy who live in the sprawling Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. “I feel like a caged animal,” says Mustafah. “I get up, I eat, I go to bed. There is nothing to do . . . Please help me . . . .”
Or like Owsama and Rasmiyah, who have found shelter with their children in an abandoned hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. “We had a good life in Syria,” Owsama says. “We had our own house,” Rasmiyah adds. “Now we have to pay rent and he has no job.”
Then there is Haitham, who is just ten years old. He should be in school, playing with his friends, just being a kid.
Instead, the young Syrian refugee works at a garage in Beirut from 8 AM to 9 PM, making just $20 a week. “I don’t like it, but what can I do?” says his mother Sidra. “We need the money.”
Through its members, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding.
In Jordan, we are providing vouchers for 7,000 people through our member, Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
In Lebanon, we are providing vouchers and food baskets for over 17,000 people through our members, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Mennonite Central Committee and World Renew.
In Syria, we are providing food for over 49,000 people through Mennonite Central Committee and World Renew.
Altogether, with support from the Government of Canada, we are helping over 73,000 people with programs worth $8.7 million. Since 2012, we have committed over $30 million to help people affected by the war in Syria.
More help is needed.
It is expected that these needs will continue for some time. The Foodgrains Bank is planning additional responses through its members to widen its response to help more people affected by the Syrian conflict.
It costs about $20 to provide food assistance for one person for a month.
The assistance helps people who are able to work, but who can’t earn enough income to pay all their expenses, including for food. Support from the Foodgrains Bank helps them to stretch their budgets in order to have enough to eat.
Learn more about people affected by the war through our special feature, Faces of Syria.
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