Seven years of bombs and bullets have left thousands of families homeless and traumatised.
ALMOST 7 YEARS ON FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO END TO THE CONFLICT.
Conflict and violence have had a significant impact on vulnerable people in Eastern Ghouta and the surrounding areas. As there is no effective ceasefire, civilians are trapped by the onslaught of violence. Men, women and children are left at the mercy of the fighters, freezing, starving and often without the most basic essentials. The people who do manage to escape the area speak of traumatising scenes, constant fighting and lack of necessary supplies.
This area has been under siege since 2013. An estimated 400,000 people are still trapped in the ruins, running out of resources and with no way to escape. Desperate families have taken to hiding in basements and even digging their own underground shelters – lacking proper ventilation, water and sanitation.
Since the conflict began, over 5.5 million people have fled Syria, with an additional 6 million remaining displaced within the country. Syrians have extremely limited access to essential supplies like food, medicine and sanitary supplies, with the winter weather making the struggle for survival even more challenging.
At Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we are committed to doing what we can to help these vulnerable people. Much of our support takes the form of cash grants, allowing residents to purchase supplies like food, warm clothing and bedding. The money also helps them to pay their rent, ensuring families continue to have a roof over their head.
As well as injecting cash into the struggling local economy, cash grants offer a flexible aid solution to an ongoing humanitarian crisis. However, we can’t continue to support people in need alone – donate to our Syria emergency relief appeal today and help us direct this essential aid to where it is needed most.