Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace
Unrest in Syria in the aftermath of the March 2011 uprising has seen thousands killed and displaced in clashes between the Syrian government and opposition groups. Over half a million Syrians have now sought refuge in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which has become the largest temporary settlement for Syrian refugees in the region.
As conflict continues the daily influx of refugees has resulted in an increasingly difficult situation. Zaatari camp has far exceeded its capacity and is continuing to grow daily. In urban areas host communities in Jordan are also under pressure from the influx of refugees, particularly in the Northern Province. Without political and financial commitment from the states many families are missing out on essential items including food, hygiene items, infant care and clothing.
Act for Peace is working with partners the IOCC and GOPA on the ground to provide emergency assistance packs and psychosocial support to the families who have fled the conflict to neighbouring countries like Lebanon and Jordan. Together we have already assisted thousands of families who have taken refuge in camps and in urban areas. Emergency relief packs include food, shelter, household items, hygiene kits, and blankets, linen and other bedding supplies, as well as baby kits to help parents care for infants.
Together with our partners we have also provided health awareness programs, educational support for children who have been displaced by the conflict, employment assistance and rent subsidies to reduce the economic burden faced by displaced Syrian families.