emergency aid for the children of #easternghouta

Since October 2012, the Syrian regime has imposed a brutal siege in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Ghouta was once remembered as the breadbasket of Syria – most known for its fertile land. Today, more than 400,000 people are suffering with no access to food, water, or medical supplies. A siege means that nothing can get in and no one can get out – this is a common practice used by the regime to silence opposition – a kneel or starve tactic that has been declared a war crime. According to UNICEF, more than 1,100 children in Eastern Ghouta suffer from malnutrition.


how can we help the children of Eastern ghouta? 

How can a humanitarian organization like Karam break this siege when no supplies can pass the checkpoints? By listening to the locals and investing in their innovative initiative.

AFP

AFP

Karam Foundation is collaborating with the Directorate of Health in Rural Damascus and the Provincial Council on an amazing response to save the children. We are MAKING the children’s food locally — using milk formula, wheat, oil and sugar —  in a former pharmaceutical factory.

For the past 6 years, the ingenious Syrian people have displayed limitless resilience and creativity in the face of the most dire circumstances. This is one of these awe-inspiring projects.

Over a period of 3 months, we will provide and distribute 36,000 life-saving meal packages to over 6,000 of the most vulnerable children per month in Eastern Ghouta. Our on-the-ground partner team of humanitarians, nurses, and doctors will identify the most at-risk children, and prepare and distribute the meal packages.

Together, we will refuse to watch innocent children starve to death. Together, we will declare to the world that we refuse to be bystanders to genocide

 


Will you join us and fight one of the most shameful and inhumane crimes in our collective history?

Donate today for the children of Eastern Ghouta.  


eastern ghouta today

THE GUARDIAN

THE GUARDIAN

According to the Rural Damascus Health Directorate, during the month of October alone, between the ages of 6 months and five years old there are:

  • 329 children with high levels of malnutrition

  • 1,386 children with medium levels of malnutrition
  • 4,219 children at risk of malnutrition

As humanitarians we are outraged that the world has stood by and watched as thousands of children suffer from starvation – not due to famine, but from war.

“It is beyond outrageous that for almost 7 years now, Syrians have shared thousands of these of horrific images of their children — shellshocked, drowned, starved, tortured, displaced — and the world continues to watch in silence. War crimes are being committed in Syria in front of our eyes. History will prove, as it has in genocides before, that the silent witnesses are as complicit in the crimes as the perpetrators,” Lina Sergie Attar, CEO of Karam Foundation.

karam foundation speaks with project officer in eastern ghouta

 

On Friday, December 1, 2017 Karam Foundation CEO Lina Sergie Attar and Director of Development, Yisser Bittar were live with our Project Officer in Eastern Ghouta to discuss the situation on the ground and Karam's response.

The children of Eastern Ghouta have a right, not just to food, but the right to education, safety, and the right to live. And to live freely – not in fear.
— NAAMA

EASTERN GHOUTA IN THE NEWS

 
Today eastern Ghouta is suffering from the worst kind of criminality. Thousands of children are in danger, and if there is no international movement, Ghouta will become a humanitarian catastrophe.
— RAED SREWEL

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I could try to describe to you how terrible the conditions are in which we are living, but the reality would still be worse
— ABDELHAMID

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