ACTNews, REYHANLI – Indonesia Humanitarian Center (IHC), an aid distribution center initiated by Aksi Cepat Tanggap on Turkey-Syria border continues its activity in replenishing its supplies, both in IHC in Reyhanli, Turkey, as well as in IHC branch in Idlib, Syria. Both food and non-food supplies were then packed into IHC-branded boxes to be distributed to Syrian refugees.
Firdaus Guritno, IHC Supervisor, mentioned that there are 4,000 of both food and non-food packages were supplied in IHC Reyhanli. In IHC branch in Idlib, which functions as an intermediary for the humanitarian aid packages before they are distributed to the recipients, 1,000 packages were supplied. These packages were ready to be distributed to Syrian refugees along Turkey-Syria border as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps inside Syria.
“Alhamdulillah, 1,000 packages have arrived in IHC storehouse in Idlib. The storehouse in Idlib can only store 1,000 packages at most. These packages will later be distributed by our distribution teams to refugee camps such as Jisr Shugur camp and other camps around Idlib province,” said Guritno.
Previously, 5,000 food packages have been distributed to Syrian refugees through the IHC, with the total of 1,000 tons of rice from the Humanitarian Ship for Syria, as well as 16,800 loaves of bread for 2,400 Syrian families that have been distributed on daily basis.
A chance to contribute
The prolonged civil war in Syria has left devastations and suffering to its people, especially women and children. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) stated that from June 15 to 30, at least 214 civilians were killed, including 65 children and 43 women. According to The New Arab, until 2017, around 400,000 people have been killed and half of total Syrian population are displaced.
Living as refugees is not easy. Most of them depend solely on humanitarian aid, living under tarpaulin tents. ACT initiated the IHC to give a long-term support to the Syrian refuges. This distribution center started operating in mid-March 2018.
Each week, around 1,000 aid packages in IHC are distributed to Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, a city on Turkey-Syria border. Through IHC, the distribution coverage of the humanitarian expands, reaching more refugee camps in Syria.
IHC strengthens Indonesia’s role in helping victims of Syrian civil war. Bambang Triyono, Director of Global Humanity Response – ACT, stated thatIHC is open for any Indonesian, both individuals or institutions, who is willing to participate in supplying humanitarian aid for the Syrian refugees.
ACT hoped that IHC can encourage more elements of Indonesian society to take part in showing their solidarity. Insha Allah, this effort will continue until the people of Syria is free from the grip of civil war and violence.