Muslim Aid is today launching a Syria Emergency Appeal in response to the unfolding catastrophe in Eastern Ghouta, where the death toll and numbers of injured continue to rise.
The people of Eastern Ghouta, an area on the outskirts of Damascus, have been left trapped and terrified, as they experience the worst series of bombardments in the years since the area has been under siege, according to aid workers Muslim Aid has spoken to on the ground. Muslim Aid’s Director of International Programmes, Imtiaz Mohammed, has been in contact with partner organizations in the country to assess programme needs for shelter, food and water and medical supplies.
“This could the worst atrocity so far in the protracted conflict in Syria,” says Imtiaz Mohammed. “The bombing has been relentless and people have nowhere to hide. They are without any nourishment and many of the injured cannot get to clinics.”
Unprecedented levels of airstrikes and shelling have left 300 people dead since Sunday, more than 60 of which were children. At least 1,400 people have been injured.
Muslim Aid is appealing to the public to give generously to the Syria Emergency Appeal as about 400,000 people live in the area of Eastern Ghouta and medical experts say 12 percent of children under five years old are acutely malnourished.
Muslim Aid has responded to the humanitarian crisis in Syria since the fighting began seven years ago, providing food, water and medical supplies. Muslim Aid is also sponsoring education and healthcare programmes, including support to an emergency hospital in Bab Al Hawa in Idlib District, close to the Syrian-Turkish border.