Fo­rum on char­i­ta­ble acts calls for e-plat­form for Syr­ian refugees

Re­lief teams on the field to see Syr­ian refugees

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KILIS/BEIRUT: The first fo­rum on co­or­di­nat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and re­lief ef­forts called for set­ting up an e-plat­form to gather na­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions to or­ga­nize host­ing Syr­ian refugees in Turkey. This came on Sun­day dur­ing a meet­ing or­ga­nized by Arab Red Cres­cent and Red Cross Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ARCO), in the pres­ence of Turk­ish Red Cres­cent (TRC), Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) and Qatar Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (QRCS) in Gaziantep city, south­east of Turkey. The con­fer­ees stressed the im­por­tance of this e-plat­form as a small op­er­a­tions room to achieve the clear goals, and field in­te­gra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion as well as make quick re­sponses, share in­for­ma­tion and meet ur­gent re­quire­ments of the refugees. The podium will be linked to en­deav­ors made by other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions so as to unify the cur­rent ef­forts in the field.

The TRC said in a speech that it would take charge of activating the plat­form’s ac­tiv­i­ties that will gather ex­ec­u­tive and donor bod­ies of re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions on the ground. TRC added that its re­cent par­tic­i­pa­tion in al­le­vi­at­ing suf­fer­ing of peo­ple in the Syr­ian city of Aleppo helped it to put a con­cept for co­or­di­nat­ing re­lief aid for help­ing needy peo­ple and refugees. Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of ARCO Dr Saleh Al-So­haibani ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all bod­ies and so­ci­eties work­ing on aid­ing Syr­ian refugees, mainly in Turkey. He af­firmed that the ac­cel­er­ated tragedy in Syria prompted bod­ies in hu­man­i­tar­ian field to re­act quickly, in­di­cat­ing that the mat­ter re­quires fur­ther co­or­di­na­tion to meet all needs of refugees amid dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, es­pe­cially in win­ter. He re­ferred to hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts by TRC, KRCS and QRCS aimed to meet needs of the refugees and needy peo­ple in line with a cer­tain mech­a­nism.

Ad­dress­ing re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions and so­ci­eties, he said: “We sup­port you and put our hands into your hands to work to­gether on set­ting pri­or­i­ties to en­sure the de­liv­ery of aid com­pletely to the refugees and co­or­di­nate with or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing in this field for pro­vid­ing re­lief and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for them.” He ex­pressed his hope for achiev­ing fruit­ful co­or­di­na­tion with KRCS, em­pha­siz­ing that re­spond­ing to at­tend this meet­ing is a suc­cess­ful step in achiev­ing the mes­sage, and sav­ing much ef­forts and money.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, a team dis­patched by Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (KRCS) to the Syr­ian-Turk­ish border re­gions has met a num­ber of Syr­i­ans who fled war-torn Syria, ex­am­in­ing their liv­ing con­di­tions away from home and press­ing needs. Musaed Al-Enezi, the head of the KRCS mis­sion in Turkey, told KUNA on Sun­day that the so­ci­ety’s field team met ear­lier to­day with a num­ber of Syr­ian refugees, who spoke about their re­quire­ments for hous­ing, medicines and heat­ing. The KRCS has dis­patched the team to the fron­tier ar­eas to ex­am­ine con­di­tions of Syr­i­ans set­tling in sev­eral camps strad­dling the border line. The so­ci­ety is co­or­di­nat­ing with Turk­ish and Qatari phil­an­thropic so­ci­eties to fa­cil­i­tate de­liv­ery of the hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the Syr­i­ans, namely those who fled Aleppo.

Mean­while, KRCS has dis­trib­uted 5,000 liters of diesel to 250 Syr­ian fam­i­lies set­tling in the north­ern moun­tain­ous re­gion of Akkar. The help came at high time, with tem­per­a­ture in the Le­banese mountain ebbing to zero, Fa­had AlYagout, the head of a KRCS field team said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. He lauded the Le­banese Red Cross for co­or­di­nat­ing with the so­ci­ety to de­liver re­lief sup­plies to the Syr­ian refugees in re­mote ar­eas, brav­ing heard weather con­di­tions and heavy snow block­ing many main routes. Many of the es­ti­mated 1.5 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon live in squalid con­di­tions and poorly-built shanty towns in the coun­try.

— KUNA

KILIS: An of­fi­cial speaks dur­ing a fo­rum held on co­or­di­nat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and re­lief ef­forts for Syr­ian refugees.

BEIRUT: Refugees col­lect diesel fuel to be dis­trib­uted by KRCS to Syr­i­ans in Le­banon.

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