What is the Condition of Syrian IDPs after Ramadan?

Although various aid was distributed to Syrian IDPs during Ramadan, it was insufficient to meet the high needs of Syrian IDPs amid the crisis. Therefore, as Alumni of Ramadan, we must continue to provide the best possible assistance to Syrian IDPs even after the holy month of Ramadan has ended.

Syrian IDPs
Beneficiaries assist Syrian internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SYRIA – Ramadan 1443 AH has passed. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) carried out various humanitarian actions for conflict-affected countries, including Syria, beginning with the distribution of iftar, food packages, Zakat ul-Fitr, and Eid packages. ACT implemented its programs in a country that has been ravaged by conflict for over a decade.

According to Firdaus Guritno of the Global Humanity Network - ACT team, although assistance has been provided does not mean that the problems that the IDPs face have been resolved. The amount of aid they have received, called Firdaus, only covers a small portion of the IDPs' overall needs.

"Therefore, even though Ramadan has ended, we must continue to increase aid to Syrian IDPs. We are Alumni of Ramadan, so our sharing spirit must be the same as last Ramadan," Firdaus stated on Tuesday (5/10/2022).

The United Nations (UN) announced on Sunday (5/8/2022) that the number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance had reached an all-time high, with children among them.

"Syria's children have suffered for far too long and should not suffer any longer," the UN children's agency Unicef said in a statement, noting that 9.3 million required aid both inside the country and in the wider region where they had fled. "More than 6.5 million children in Syria require assistance, the highest number recorded since the beginning of the crisis, more than 11 years ago," UN stated, quoted from Middle East Eye.

Unicef said they faced a severe cash shortfall that is affecting their ability to provide aid. "Funding for humanitarian operations is meanwhile fast dwindling," Khodr said. "Unicef has received less than half of its funding requirements for this year."

"Children's needs, inside Syria and neighboring countries, are growing," said Adele Khodr, Unicef's Middle East chief. "Many families struggle to make ends meet. Prices of basic supplies, including food, are skyrocketing, partially due to the crisis in Ukraine."