The ongoing conflict in Syria has left over 200,000 people displaced. As more Syrian towns are getting caught in the crossfire of conflict, families are fleeing to the neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon in greater numbers. The influx of refugees is likely to increase due to the heavy shelling of villages near the border areas.
A Muslim Aid relief team from its London Headquarters comprising the Emergency Manager and Fundraising Manager arrived in Jordan on 24 March 2012. They joined with Muslim Aid staff and volunteers in the field to distribute aid to the men, women and children fleeing their country for the security and safety of their lives. They visited two medical clinics in Al Ramfa and Al Mafraq in Jordan especially set up to provide essential medical care to refugees. Muslim Aid’s Fundraising Manager said: “Syrian refugee families do not have access to local medical care, therefore these clinics are vital to their survival. The clinics are providing free medical care to the refugees.”
The team is now in Lebanon to assess the situation of the refugees. In the mountainous areas of Wadi Khalid in North Lebanon and Arsaal in East Lebanon many refugees are in urgent need of help. A distribution of humanitarian assistance in East Lebanon, comprising food and non food items is scheduled by Muslim Aid for 31 March 2012.
For making a donation to Muslim Aid’s Syria Appeal please visit http://www.muslimaid.org/index.php/what-we-do/current-campaigns-live/syria-appeal
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