Monday 19 August was World Humanitarian Day - an opportunity to recognise and commemorate humanitarian workers who face dangerous situations on a daily basis, putting themselves on the frontline in an effort to help others. The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. More than 100,000 people have died, and over 8.3 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
Caritas Australia has launched a Syria Crisis Appeal with crucial funds needed in coming months to help with this escalating crisis. So far, the United Nations has confirmed that only about one third of the $4.4 billion in funding required for the crisis has been pledged.
Caritas Australia is working to deliver humanitarian support to Syrian refugees including food, rent assistance, heaters and blankets, primary medical care, counselling and schooling for children.
Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergencies Group Leader, said the need is enormous. “We urgently need more funds so that we can provide emergency assistance to many vulnerable people who have left their belongings, homes and livelihoods to escape the devastating conflict.”
You can learn more about the crisis in Syria as well as donating to Caritas by visiting this page of their website.