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Syria: «The people who remain are heroes»

Swiss clothing donations from Aramaic Relief have arrived: winter clothing is to help 10,000 refugees through the cold season in Nordirak.

Millions of Syrians are on the run from a merciless civil war. But there are also people who stay in their homeland. Her life is a single exception. Severiyos Aydin is Swiss with Aramaic roots. And one of the few who dare to provide help on the ground.

Vollständig zerstörter Strassenzug in der Altstadt der syrischen Stadt Homs. Ein Mann auf einem Fahrrad fährt die Strasse entlang.

It is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of post-war history. 250,000 dead, many of them civilians, one million injured and soon five million on the run, so the Uno balanced the end of March. While those who need help at the external borders of the European Union struggle with the characteristics of the European refugee concept, the surviving Syrians are struggling with a home that is in ruins.

«A huge rubble heap»

Most of the relief organizations have withdrawn, and journalists are hardly anywhere else. One of the few who help in this hell is Severiyos Aydin. The Swiss with Syrian roots set up the charity “Aramaic Relief International” in January 2013.

The purpose of its aid organization is to provide direct assistance to people in areas where the arm of the international community no longer suffices. Just last week, Aydin visited the Syrian city of Homs and the surrounding villages Sadad (5 km from the IS), Zaidal, Fairuza and Meskene. What he is telling is shocking.

“In all cases, these are places that have long been contested,” says Aydin. Like for example the big city Homs. For almost three years, it was a ruthless battle, now resembling a huge rubble heap. “The extent of the destruction was gigantic, even the historic old town was not spared.

Without help, these people also escape

In the distance, detonations can be heard, and grenades are exploding in the region. Although the checkpoints and military presence of Assad’s troops are relatively safe, Aydin says the area is still dangerous.

No one knows the exact numbers of those who are left behind. Aydin speaks of half a million people. “When I was there last week, I saw a lot of people who tried to follow their day-to-day life. That was very impressive. ”

[cs_quote  quote_cite=”Severiyos Aydin” quote_cite_url=”#” quote_text_color=”#333333″ quote_align=”left”]If the situation deteriorates, these people will also be forced to leave the country. [/cs_quote]

Their greatest concern was the progress of the war, their own security, and the humanitarian situation. “If the situation deteriorates, these people will also be forced to leave the country,” says Aydin in an interview with SRF News.

A huge love for the home

What distinguishes these people from those who have decided to flee is actually not answerable, says Aydin. Geographical, economic and political reasons would also play a role.

“I can tell about the people I recently met in Homs. As a Christian, I also have a strong interest in the persecution of minorities in the Middle East. These, together with the brutal conflict, also suffer from a strong persecution by Islamic groups of terrorists. ”

And yet, many of you would stay in the country. Even those who had once fallen into the hands of the miners of the Terrormiliz. “They always tell me about their enormous love for their homeland and the fear of fleeing into uncertainty,” says Aydin. They would have confidence in a speedy recovery. “This is heroic and difficult for us to understand,” adds Aydin, “the more important it is to work for these people on the ground.”

Aydin’s organization cooperates with local partners, including the humanitarian arm of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Projects include emergency aid for internally displaced families. With food, hygiene articles, shelter, medicine and financing of emergency operations.

The organization also supports families in the reconstruction of the bombed apartments, if this is still possible. “We help the other families with rented apartments by financing the monthly rent,” explains Aydin. Aramaic Relief is also the focus of youth.

At the time the school was beginning, says the young man. So in the last two weeks, they would have equipped 700 children with school supplies, schoolbooks and school-books. The students help the organization with the travel expenses and with the university fees so that they can continue their studies. In addition, “Aramaic Relief” maintains a children’s nursery project.

Hope for people in Switzerland

Aydin’s greatest desire is that you do not forget these people. Not the citizens of Europe, but also their politicians. “The winter is coming,” says Aydin, “that will be a very bad time for many people in Syria, but also in Northern Iraq, where we are working.”

For this, they are currently launching new projects. Projects which could not be realized without external help. Severiyos Aydin is also counting on the people from his home town, Switzerland.

DeinDeal donation over CHF 5000.-

At the end of November 2014, each DeinDeal customer had the opportunity to donate CHF 2.- for the humanitarian projects of ARAMAIC RELIEF International. In addition, doubled each donation contribution once again. On behalf of ARAMAIC RELIEF International, we would like to thank you and wish you all the best! A special thanks goes to Nadia Adlun, who made this great action possible!‪

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[cs_quote  quote_cite=”Severiyos Aydin” quote_cite_url=”#” quote_text_color=”#333333″ quote_align=”left”]Many thanks to DeinDeal for the donation of CHF 5’000.- in favor of the needy refugees in the Middle East. [/cs_quote] «Clothes go to those that no one else would reach»

« «Clothes go to those that no one else would reach»»

By Lorenz von Meiss – 20 ton worn winter dresses from Switzerland will arrive in the next days in Northern Iraq. Aramaic Relief focuses on emergency aid.

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For Severiyos Aydin was today a big day. For weeks, the founder of Aramaic Relief has been coordinating clothes transports from all over Switzerland. Throughout the day, trucks arrive at a large warehouse in Kloten. With so much support, Aydin would not have expected: “We had to organize a third aircraft in the short term, which will fly the clothes to the Northern of Iraq,” says Aydin.

Emergency assistance on the spot

In order to ensure that the winter clothes reach even the most people who need them, Aydin travels to Northern Iraq by the end of the week. At present the organization is concentrating on supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Aydin himself will be there when the worn winter clothes reach the needy. “We distribute the clothes to those refugees who are not reached by international relief organizations,” Aydin says

The project is supported by the logistics company Agility, which is responsible for the freight costs of winter clothing in several passenger aircrafts. In addition, the people who provided their clothes were asked to pay one Swiss franc per kilo to cover the remaining transport costs. Severiyos Aydin is aware that today’s dresses will only warm a fraction of the refugees: “This action is just a drop on the hot stone,” he says. «Swiss relief supplies reach Northern Iraq»

Swiss relief supplies reach Northern Iraq

Swiss clothing donations from Aramaic Relief have arrived: winter clothing is to help 10,000 refugees through the cold season in Northern Iraq.

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The recordings made by the two Aramaic Relief Relief employees and provided for 20 Minuten are the result of the camp, in which most essentials have to be dispensed with, and wars of war, especially from Syria and Iraq In tents to set up a strict winter. At the same time, it is a pleasure to look at these people when they open the aid packages from Switzerland: the 20 tons of blankets, jackets and shoes are vital to survival in the cold regions of Northern Iraq, where winter is now breaking. The donated clothing was not only in good condition, but often even as new. Only in warm baby clothes was lacking.

Severiyos Aydin, founder of the charity organization, overcame the bureaucracy several times thanks to good contacts on the ground. Even the import of the goods (three deliveries by three flight transports) could be abbreviated. “Normally every package is opened,” he knows from experience, “our contacts were able to speed up the process fortunately.”

According to Aydin, distribution was as fair as possible. The charity supervised the allocation, which was carried out independently of nationality or religion. “Our local partners have a good knowledge of their areas and know where to find the most needy.” Even though there are large international relief organizations in the region, the comparatively small Aramaic was often the first organization to bring much needed winter clothes. For example, around 20 tons of clothes and blankets were delivered in 40 warehouses within 10 days.