Human Appeal, international aid and development charity, recently staged an event in Parliament highlighting the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. The gathering took place in the House of Lords’ River Room and was co-hosted by the Council of Arab and British Understanding (Caabu), Channel 4 journalist and filmmaker Wa’ad al-Kateab, Labour Peer Lord Dubs, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt and Human Appeal chief executive office Othman Moqbel.
During the event, Human Appeal launched its report on the conflict in Syria, which was well received by the attendees.
Chair of the occasion Chris Doyle, director of Caabu, said that while it shouldn’t be needed, the gathering served as a reminder of why exhaustive efforts must be made to achieve a political solution to the ongoing power struggle in Syria and to bring the conflict and suffering to an end. He also called for further efforts to ensure aid can be transported to all those who need it.
Also addressing the audience, Lord Dubs encouraged people to approach their councils or MPs to take further steps to help child refugees of this conflict and other conflicts. Crispin Blunt, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, added that “turning a blind eye to the Syrian conflict is simply not an option”.
Human Appeal’s work in Syria
Human Appeal UK is involved in a range of projects to help Syrians impacted by the civil war. One of its most well-known projects sees it supply flour to bakeries in the north of the country. This is helping to feed 200,000 Syrians each month. The charity noted that this is a logistically demanding task and involves hundreds of workers, including bakers, factory operatives and lorry drivers.
The charity is also running the Al-Imaan hospital, which is based in rural Aleppo. This health centre provides care to children, mothers and expectant mothers and is serving the needs of around 20,000 Syrians every month.
March 15th of this year marked the sixth anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, which began with anti-government protests and escalated into civil war. It is estimated that since the outbreak of violence, 400,000 Syrians have been killed, more than five million have fled the country and over six million are internally displaced. Recently, Human Appeal called on governments around the world to come together to take a range of steps to help the people of Syria, including taking a more principled stance on monitoring war crimes, doing more to aid refugees and ensuring all children have access to full-time education.