The continuing crises in Syria and Iraq call for an urgent response to provide emergency relief to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Syria

In 2011 widespread protests against the regime of Bashar Al Assad erupted in Syria.

The Assad Government responded with a violent series of crackdowns igniting a destructive civil war. Fighting continues today in places, like Aleppo, with devastating consequences for ordinary men, women and children.

After six years of fighting, 6.5 million people have fled their homes and remain displaced in Syria. Another 4.9 million people have left the nation entirely, often with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

One of the major destinations for families fleeing Syria is Lebanon, which now hosts an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

Families who manage to find their way to refugee camps and informal settlements arrive in desperate need of medical care, clean water and somewhere safe to take shelter from the freezing cold weather.

Today, your generosity means healthcare and life-saving support for Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon… including young children who have witnessed terrible acts of brutality and have been uprooted from their homes, their schools and their lives.

Your gifts also give children the chance of finding a childhood amidst the violence of war, by helping to fund informal education facilities.
Thank you for giving Syrian refugee children safe places to meet, learn and play.

Updated March 2017; UNOCHA, UNICEF.

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Iraq

Islamic State (ISIL) began taking siege of major cities in Iraq in 2014, growing its stronghold in the region. Sadly, as the Iraqi Government and its allies fight to reclaim areas controlled by ISIL, civilians are caught in the crossfire.

On 17 October 2016, the Prime Minister of Iraq announced a military offensive to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the control of ISIL. Roads have been blocked, bridges blown up, and ISIL are targeting the houses of families attempting to flee… but remaining in the city could prove just as deadly.
Baptist World Aid has been providing emergency relief to internally displaced people in Iraq through our field partners in the region since 2014.

With your generous support, we are providing life-saving relief for the most vulnerable, internally displaced refugee families.

In addition to treating patients, mobile medical clinics are ready to distribute shelter kits and water and sanitation kits to conflict-affected families within 48-hours of them being identified. And in winter, when the weather is deadly cold, our field partners distribute relief kits that include heaters and blankets to protect families.

Thank you for helping internally displaced refugee families find health and safety in Iraq.

Updated March 2017; UNOCHA, UNICEF.

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