VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
“Safer in Iraq than Syria”
July 10, 2012 by The IRC
|Reuters/Jamal Saidi, courtesy Trust.org - AlertNet|
We sent a message to International Rescue Committee supporters this morning:
As the violence intensifies in Syria, civilians are forced to endure the punishing bombings and raids or flee their homes seeking safety across the border.
In a recent interview Bob Kitchen — the IRC’s director of emergency preparedness and response programs — said, “It’s considered safer in Iraq these days than Syria. That gives you an idea of how bad things are.”
Your recent donation is helping the IRC aid people fleeing war zones like the one in Syria. We have launched relief programs in neighboring Jordan and together we are:
• Delivering urgent primary health care to Syrian refugees — most of whom have no money to pay for treatment — at two IRC-run heath clinics.
• Distributing to Syrian families basic household and hygiene items including kitchen supplies, mattresses, clothing and blankets.
• Working with local organizations to build their capacity to manage and deliver aid.
• Planning for counseling and care for Syrian women and girls who have been traumatized by the violence.
We’ll continue to keep supporters like you updated on our critical work in the weeks and months ahead.
The IRC team
Learn more about the Syria crisis response
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