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Emergency aid for Syrians fleeing Aleppo

The Order of Malta’s worldwide emergency service, distributes tents, blankets, supplies

Cologne, 7 February 2016

Syrian refugees flee Aleppo

Syrian refugees flee AleppoAs tens of thousands of refugees flee Aleppo along the highway to Turkey, advancing Syrian government forces jeopardise delivery of humanitarian aid. Malteser International, worldwide emergency agency of the Order of Malta, has been providing tents, blankets and supplies, with a Syrian partner operating medical facilities in the region. The staff risk their lives every day. 

Conditions in the areas under siege are very poor indeed and increases in international funding are desperately needed. Aid organisations need unhindered access to the region. However, “Humanitarian aid cannot be a substitute for decisive political action,” stated Malteser International’s number two, Sid Peruvemba, at the weekend. “The suspension of peace talks in Geneva means that the chance of a political solution to the conflict remains extremely small.”

Syrian refugees on the highway from Aleppo to the Turkish border

Syrian refugees on the highway from Aleppo to the Turkish borderMalteser International has been providing aid to people affected by the Syrian crisis since 2012. Malteser International provided medical treatment to almost 75,000 people in Syria during 2015 – operating a field hospital, a children’s’ hospital and two basic health units in the country through a local partner organization. Malteser International also works with Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and northern Iraq. 

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