Eastern Ghouta: HEKS provides 500,000 francs in emergency aid for displaced people in Syria
The fighting in Eastern Ghouta has already caused over 50,000 people to flee their homes. They are in fragile health and a humanitarian disaster could well be looming. HEKS/EPER, the aid organization of the Swiss Protestant Churches, together with its local partner organization GOPA have been distributing food and toiletries to 21,700 displaced people.
Food and toiletries
Most of the displaced people found refuge in camps in Dweir, Herielleh and Adra, where they are living in precarious circumstances. There has been a sustained flow of refugees as newly displaced people arrive every day. The humanitarian aid provided by UNHCR and other charities is by no means enough to meet the most pressing needs. Most of the displaced people fled without any of their belongings. The items in particularly short supply are food, drinking water, hygiene articles, medicaments and clothing.
The four-year siege of Eastern Ghouta and the limited access to food and medical care have left their mark on people. They are in extremely fragile health. Many are malnourished, especially women and children. At the moment, HEKS/EPER and its local partner organization GOPA are therefore providing survival assistance for three months and are supporting 4,000 especially needy families as well as 1,700 children with food packages and toiletries worth some 500,000 francs. These will benefit 21,700 people altogether.