Since 2011, Syria has been the scene of an armed conflict. The civilian population is constantly threatened with air-raids and attacks, and the situation is getting worse and worse. Access to clean water and food is very limited. The long-standing conflict has brought about a considerable deterioration in the standard of living. Most Syrians have fled their homes in search of safe shelter.
The mass displacement and the ongoing military operations have resulted in most Syrians being in a desperate need of humanitarian aid. They have no chance of finding a job. They cannot provide the bare essentials (clean water, food, warm clothes, and shelter) either for themselves or for their families.
WHAT DOES THE POLISH HUMANITARIAN ACTION DO?
We have been operating in Syria since 2013, and in 2014 we established a permanent mission there. We provide humanitarian aid in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. One of the mission’s chief objectives is to provide help to internal migrants who are fleeing from the conflict in search of safe shelter.
An important part of our activities is providing access to clean water. In Syria, we deliver water in tanker lorries to IDP camps. We build pumping stations, latrines and hand-washing stations. We make sure that good sanitary conditions are maintained: we remove waste and rubbish and we distribute dustbins. We also supply hygiene kits containing the most important products. People who need it the most, receive food baskets and kits for micro-garden cultivation.
In December 2016, the evacuation of eastern Aleppo hit the headlines throughout the world. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the city over a very short period of time. An emergency humanitarian response was needed. We provided immediate aid to the people reaching IDP camps. We built latrines, hand-washing stations and new water pumping stations. The newcomers received food baskets and hygiene kits. Due to unstable, changing situation needs are still great. We continue activities in more than 50 IDP camps till now.