emergency aid for the forcibly displaced families from eastern ghouta

nowhere is safe in eastern ghouta.

On February 18, 2018, the Syrian regime and its Russian allies launched a brutal assault on besieged Eastern Ghouta. Nearly 700 civilians were killed before the UN Security Council voted in favor of a 30-day ceasefire on February 24, 2018. This decision established humanitarian corridors so that medical workers and aid agencies could deliver life-saving aid and treatment for the wounded. World leaders failed to enforce this ceasefire as the Russian and Syrian regimes continued to bombard civilians – targeting schools, hospitals, and residential areas. More than 1,400 civilians have been killed since attacks intensified more than one month ago.

More than 50,000 civilians have been forcibly displaced, fleeing to nearby towns to escape the bombs. Thousands are unable to leave and are seeking shelter in underground basements. On March 20, 2018, a dark basement was no longer a place of protection but rather the target of a Russian airstrike. 20 civilians, including 16 children and 4 women were killed after a Russian airstrike targeted an underground school that served as a shelter to protect civilians from the bombing. Nowhere is safe in Eastern Ghouta.


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KARAM IS SUPPORTING FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN FORCIBLY displaced FROM EASTERN GHOUTA TO IDLIB AND RURAL ALEPPO

  AFP

 

Families from Eastern Ghouta are making their way to Northern Syria in waves. Families are settling throughout Idlib and Rural Aleppo in camps, collective centers and mosques. Often times, families in Idlib are also hosting IDPs in their own homes. Reports from the field indicate that at least 20,000 people have arrived thus far, and the number is expected to increase. 

Our staff on the ground is operating in teams, with different members dispatched to various geographic areas in order to reach families that are scattered throughout Northern Syria. This way, displaced families receive assistance within hours of their arrival to their first destination.

Karam staff and volunteers on the ground are working with local organizations to coordinate distributions of breakfast baskets that feed a family for 1 week and include food such as cheese, jam, bread and yogurt. Food baskets will be delivered directly to where families are being temporarily resettled.

1 FOOD BASKET COSTS $20 AND FEEDS A FAMILY FOR 1 WEEK


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photos from our emergency aid distributions to the forcibly displaced families 

MARCH 24, 2018: KARAM STAFF BEGIN PREPARING FOOD BASKETS

march 25, 2018:  DISTRIBUTIONS FOR IDP FAMILIES IN IDLIB


testimonies from on the ground

A WORD FROM OUR STAFF IN SYRIA

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What we are seeing is impossible to capture with words. Thousands of men, women and children are making their way to the North. The needs are overwhelming - the families are in need of everything, having been forced out of their homes with only what they can carry.
— OMAR, KARAM FOUNDATION

 
The biggest issue is shelter. Organizations are setting up camps wherever possible but it is difficult to absorb such a large number of people. The people of Idlib have opened up their homes to host families for as long as needed.
— OMAR, KARAM FOUNDATION
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EASTERN GHOUTA IN THE NEWS

 
Our staff are being forcibly displaced – traveling between basements, these basements are not equipped or prepared, they are just a place underground where they can try to stay safe from aerial bombardments.
— NADA HASHEM, KARAM FOUNDATION

 
We had been trapped in the basements and did not dare come out, in the cellars and tunnels. We could not do anything.... There was no food.
— RESIDENT FROM EASTERN GHOUTA
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The scenes are reminiscent of the mass evacuations that occurred when regime troops overran Aleppo in a brutal military campaign in 2016. That battle was considered one of the bloodiest of Syria’s civil war.
— CNN

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