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Support for Displaced Families in Syria

Syrian Man receives Irish Aid Emergency Pack at Goal distribution post in Northern Syria.

It is estimated that there are 2,000,000 internally displaced people in Syria. Irish Aid is responding to this emergency.

Two months ago, Abdullah, a Syrian carpenter, fled his home in Aleppo to escape the conflict. Several family members had been killed and when Abdullah’s carpentry business and the family home were destroyed in an aerial bomb attack, the family decided it was time to seek refuge elsewhere.

“We couldn’t stay in Aleppo any longer, because I had no house and no work, and it was too dangerous anyway, because of the fighting.” explained Abdullah.

“We couldn’t stay in Aleppo any longer, because I had no house and no work, and it was too dangerous anyway, because of the fighting.”

Together with his wife Fatima, their three small children and extended family, he sought refuge in a small village near Corconia in northern Syria.

While it has been difficult for this family to leave their home, they feel safer where they are. “Here, in this village, we have nothing either, except what little the relief committee gives us, but at least we are safe.”

Goal, with support from Irish Aid, is helping Syrians like Abdullah and his family who have had to leave their homes to escape the conflict. Families receive blankets and hygiene kits provided by Irish Aid and flour provided by Goal. 3000 kits have been donated by Irish Aid and 1764 distributed so far by Goal, helping over 10,000 people. 

There are an estimated 2 million internally displaced people inside Syria.  Most of these are taking shelter where they can, often in buildings without electricity, heating or running water, a challenge at any time but particularly difficult in the cold Syrian winter.

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