OTTAWA, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Humanitarian Coalition and its
member agencies are launching a national joint appeal to raise funds to
assist the 6.8 million Syrian civilians affected by the ongoing
conflict in their country.
Almost five million civilians have been forced to leave their home and
many have had to move repeatedly from one location to another inside
Syria. Moreover, as many as 1.4 million people have fled to refugee
camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. Every day, more than 7,000
more vulnerable individuals seek protection outside of Syria.
Whether they are internally displaced people (IDPs) or refugees, they
all need emergency assistance with life's necessities. Our member
agencies are on the ground responding, but resources are stretched more
and more with every week that passes.
"When I met Syrian refugee families in Jordan last month, I saw how they
were living in very precarious and harsh conditions, with many feeling
extreme pressure," says Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada.
"At CARE, we are continuing to scale up our response to this
humanitarian crisis, but with another million Syrian refugees
forecasted in the next year, we urgently need financial support."
Our other member agencies are responding by providing clean water, food,
clothing, medical assistance, and shelter. More than 3 million children
are affected by the conflict. They require protection and their
education should not be interrupted.
"For millions of Syrian children, the innocence of childhood has been
replaced by the cruel realities of trying to survive war," said Save
the Children President and CEO, Patricia Erb. "While visiting refugee
families in Lebanon, I saw firsthand their urgent needs for support.
Through our work across Syria, and in neighbouring countries, we know
that Syrian children, who should be learning at school and playing
secure in their homes, are instead consumed with grief and trauma and
focused on finding the necessities of life: shelter, food and water."
Together, the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies are
appealing to Canadians and asking them to contribute what they can to
help the Syrian people. Because we know we can make a difference, we
feel a responsibility to try. Please join us.
For more information on the refugee situation and what we are doing to
help, go to http://humanitariancoalition.ca/our-appeals/syrian-refugee-crisis
The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam
Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a
combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together
Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of
international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate
unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs,
and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
SOURCE: Humanitarian Coalition
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