From the west, Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), Suruc, Sanliurfa where AAR Japan is conducting the survey, and Viransehir.
Since The Islamic State (IS) began its military campaign against Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), Northern Syria, on September 19, more than 188,000 Syrians have crossed the border and fled to South-Eastern Turkey (UN, 14.10.2014). The humanitarian aid effort by the Turkish government and the international community has not been able to keep up with the drastic increase in the number of refugees. AAR Japan is distributing food and basic daily necessities in Suruc District, Sanliurfa Province where there is a refugee population. Hiroko NAITO of AAR Japan reports on their relief efforts.
Aid for those who have still not been reached by the International Community
|Two or three families now live in a single room without glass in the windows and with no household goods such as furniture (Suruc, Turkey, October 16th, 2014)|
In light of this situation, AAR Japan has delivered the first dispatch of relief items to 50 families, living as refugees in four villages (approximately 300 people). The supplies for each family consisted of roughly four boxes containing hygiene products, kitchenware, and blankets, as well as food such as beans, rice, pasta, cooking oil, sugar, condiments, and tea. Everyone received their goods with a huge smile on their faces: “Thank you for coming to us from abroad. Thank you for your kindness.”
|The elderly woman, who told us in tears that she has “lost everything.” When it was her turn to receive the supplies, she expressed her gratitude before returning to her shelter with a smile. (Suruc, Turkey, October 22nd, 2014)|
|There are many children among the refugees. They came with their families to receive the relief items. (Suruc, Turkey, October 22nd, 2014)|
|“I am really sorry for those who fled from Kobane; they have absolutely nothing,” says a villager from Suruc. Yuko NAITO of AAR Japan (left). (Suruc, Turkey, October 22nd, 2014)|
AAR Japan will continue to conduct the situation survey and deliver the relief supplies. We would like to ask for your warm support.
*The activities in the report are made possible by your donations and the generous funding of Japan Platform (JPF).
AAR Japan is collecting donations in response to the Syrian Refugee crisis. We thank you for your support for those in need.
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