The conflict in Syria has caused a grave humanitarian crisis. Chemical weapons and bombs were used without hesitation. Ancient cities were destroyed; more than 500 thousand people lost their lives. More than 6 million people have sought refuge in other countries. Currently, 13 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and about 5 million people have limited access to aid. 2.8 million people live with disabilities because of the war.
Since the beginning of the war, IHH has continued its operations in Syria with 10 coordination centers. More than 150 thousand people live in the 6 container cities and 27 tent cities set up by IHH. Food is delivered to the refugees from 61 bakeries and 30 kitchens. 35 clothing stores meet the clothing needs of the refugees. Healthcare is provided with 14 facilities. Students receive education in 1 university and 43 schools. The children’s living center built in Reyhanlı accommodates 990 orphans. Every month we provide aid to more than 10 thousand orphans.
Emergency Life House
For families forced to emigrate from Idlib,
our efforts to construct emergency life houses
continue without slowing down. Our goal is to build
15 thousand homes and give needy families as a gift.
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- Where does IHH coordinate Syrian relief activities?
IHH coordinates relief activities for Syria from four different offices located in Reyhanlı, Kilis, Şanlıurfa and Yayladağı in Turkey respectively. There are also four offices inside Syria in Bab al-Hawa, Bab al-Salam and Türkmendağı. Coordination offices serve as venues for diplomatic and international visits and meetings as well. 643 IHH staff and volunteers are actively engaged with relief work for Syria. Built on 22.000 square meters in 2013, Reyhanlı Coordination Centre has store-houses of 5.000 square meters and a bakery that produces 130.000 pita-breads daily. Also, 16 different organizations hold offices on the premises.
Humanitarian Aids provided by IHH to Syrian refugees between 2011 and 2019:
172 million loaves of bread
27 million pieces of
convenience food and canned goods
203 thousand tons of food,
7.7 thousand tons of fuel
1.2 million liters of fuel
20 million pieces of clothing
5 million kitchen products
4.7 million pieces of books and stationery
10 million drugs, medical equipment, and devices
4.9 million pieces of hygiene products
The factory, which has not been
able to produce bandages
for a while due to financial difficulties, needs support.
Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria
We also play an active role in the field with our humanitarian diplomacy operations in Syria. Civilians who were stranded in Aleppo that was besieged by the Syrian regime at the end of 2016, and were even denied access to humanitarian aid, were confronted with a major massacre. Upon the appeal and organization by IHH, more than 5 thousand vehicles and 40 thousand passengers took part in the convoy that set out with the slogan “Open the Road to Aleppo” with the aim of opening a humanitarian corridor in Aleppo. As a result of the humanitarian diplomacy negotiations held by Turkey together with IHH, the United Nations (UN) and other organizations, 45 thousand people were evacuated to safe regions.
Throughout the convoy’s journey, 1.208 aid trucks were prepared all over Turkey to sent to the oppressed in Aleppo. This aid, together with the emergency aid materials transported by the participants, was distributed to the refugees that were evacuated to safe zones via hundreds of IHH volunteers. Among the aid materials delivered to the tent cities that were recently set up by IHH, there were basic food needs, cleaning products, winter clothing and footwear, blankets and tents.
The convoy that gains a huge response among the world public, was also on the agenda of the United Nations. Referring to the ceasefire and evacuation in Syria, Jan Egeland, advisor to UN Special Representative to Syria, said “Turkish NGOs, in particular, IHH has achieved major success in this evacuation operation. IHH has achieved a great deal.”
IHH played an active role in the exchange of 48 Iranian citizens and the release of 2.130 Syrians imprisoned by the Syria regime in 2013, and the exchange of 464 injured captives in al-Fu’ah and al-Zabadani.