Scot­tish char­ity urges re­build­ing of Syria

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A Scot­tish char­ity is urg­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to put aside their dif­fer­ences and help peo­ple in war-torn Syria re­build their lives.

More than 511,000 peo­ple have been killed and vast swathes of ma­jor cities have been oblit­er­ated in the con­flict, which started in 2011, the Scot­tish Catholic In­ter­na­tional Aid Fund (Sciaf) said.

The coun­try is now largely un­der the con­trol of the Syr­ian govern­ment and the char­ity said dev­as­tated cities such as Homs, Aleppo and the cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus are now start­ing to pick up the pieces.

Sciaf direc­tor Alis­tair Dutton has just re­turned from vis­it­ing pro­jects the char­ity sup­ports in Homs and Aleppo.

He urged ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in the con­flict to put their dif­fer­ences to one side and help the mil­lions of in­no­cent peo­ple who con­tinue to suf­fer.

Mr Dutton said: “Hav­ing sur­vived the con­flict, the over­whelm­ing de­struc­tion of vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture, the econ­omy and mil­lions of homes, in­no­cent civil­ians are now strug­gling to sur­vive the peace.

“Sciaf is work­ing with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to help over 44,000 peo­ple, pro­vid­ing food, clothes, blan­kets, med­i­cal care, cash, fuel for heat­ing, and help to re­pair and re­fur­nish the homes of peo­ple whose lives have been left in shreds.

“The ap­palling con­di­tions peo­ple con­tinue to live in, many in de­stroyed build­ings with walls and sec­tions of roofs miss­ing, no elec­tric­ity or wa­ter, are dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend.”

He added: “Achiev­ing peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion for the sake of all those af­fected by the war must now be a pri­or­ity.

“Look­ing ahead, we need to con­sider how we can help re­con­struct the coun­try’s vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture and econ­omy, and re­build peo­ple’s homes and liveli­hoods.”

Any­one who wishes to do­nate to Sciaf’s work in Syria can visit www.sciaf.org.uk.

An in­jured boy in Idlib, Syria.

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