ACTNews, JAKARTA- The Syrian civil war that has occurred since March 2011 has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians. Reporting from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), the number of casualties from 2011 to 2019 reaches 380,636 people, and around 350,000 IDP have fled from Idlib from December 2019 to January 2020.
For almost a decade throughout the Syrian civil war, ACT participated in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian population through a number of humanitarian programs. This was conveyed during the press conference titled "Together, Honoring The Land of Shaam Syria " on Friday (1/17) in South Jakarta.
Syuhelmaidi Syukur, member of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Board of Trustees stated, air strikes continued to hit several areas of Idlib, Syria, even though there had been a ceasefire agreement between the warring parties. Casualties continued to occur, and the life in Syria has been paralyzed.
"Through this press conference, we want to raise awareness among us especially about our brothers and sisters affected by this prolonged conflict. Again, we want to raise this awareness among the people that it is important for us to help our brothers and sisters in the Land of Shaam. If there are groups or parties that are fighting among themselves, it is our duty as believers to help or reconcile them in a fair way without taking sides with a certain group. We are doing it through our humanitarian programs," said Syuhelmaidi.
The impact of the prolonged conflict in Syria is quite massive. Around 11.8 million Syrians are displaced, 2.6 million of whom are children. Of the 2.6 million children, 1.1 million are orphans, as stated by Bambang Triyono, Director of Global Humanity Response (GHR) -ACT.
The winter temperature that reaches 4 degrees Celsius exacerbates the conditions of the internally displaced people. Bambang said, 80% of Syrian refugees and IDP are women and children. Some families take shelter in mosques or schools, but some are living in tents close to the border.
Since 2012, ACT has frequently distributed aid to the Syrians through a number of sustainable humanitarian programs such as the provision of food, clothing, medical service, education aid, and others.
"To respond to the current crisis, a number of programs have been prepared, including the distribution of 1,000 staple packages, 2,000 bread packages, winter gear (warm clothing, blankets, pillows, mattresses, fuel, etc.), 24 m² emergency houses, and 10 units of buses that will be on standby to help to evacuate during an attack. Until now, we will continue to work with all elements both in Indonesia and overseas in planned and measured humanitarian actions and programs," Bambang added.
Ibnu Khajar, the President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), also invited Indonesian people to jointly defend the Land of Shaam, especially Syria, as a form of concrete action in facing the global humanitarian crisis. The loss of shelter, deteriorating health conditions, extreme weather have added to the suffering of IDP in Syria.
"As the winter approaches, the conditions in Syria become increasingly more heartbreaking every day. After rains, the water often gets into the camps. Many of the tents were also damaged by the strong water current. Now, what they need is support and help from generous friends. It is also our duty to help our brothers and sisters in difficulty. Do not turn our blind eye and be reluctant to share with our brothers and sisters in Syria. Besides, the Land of Shaam is an honorable and blessed land. One of the specialties of the Land of Shaam for the Muslims is that it is the land of the Prophets," concluded Ibnu.