Humanitarian aid for Syria
Vulnerable families fleeing conflict in north-west Syria are to receive essential items such as blankets and mattresses thanks to £100,000 in Scottish Government funding.
SCIAF has been granted money from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) to help more than 6,000 people who have been displaced by fighting.
Syrian government forces have increased military action against opposition groups in the north-west of the country over the past four months, displacing 676,500 people.
International Development Minister Ben Macpherson said:
The recent conflict in north-west Syria has inflicted untold suffering on hundreds of thousands of people, compounding the misery caused by over eight years of civil war. At times such as these, it is vital that the Scottish Government fulfils its role as a good global citizen. The Humanitarian Emergency Fund will provide essential aid to those in desperate need.
As the devastating conflict in Syria continues, innocent civilians desperately need help. To make matters worse, a bitterly cold winter is fast approaching and many families are living out in the open or in derelict buildings.
Our chief executive, Alistair Dutton said:
This money from the Scottish Government will bolster our response to the crisis and help over 6,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes in Idleb and Aleppo. Working closely with Islamic Relief and our sister agency CAFOD, we will be providing blankets, mattresses, sheeting, and other essentials. This emergency support will make a major difference to many women, men and children whose lives are being torn apart by this awful war.
The newly funded project, to be delivered by the charity Islamic Relief on behalf of SCIAF, is part of a wider response that aims to help 46,500 people in north-west Syria.
Vulnerable families, including those with pregnant women or headed by children or the elderly, will be issued with vouchers to pay for a choice of non-food items in shops, which will in turn support the local economy.