Hunger, war, expulsion continue to shape many regions. Especially the young state of South Sudan is an example of the problems of Africa. And relief agencies warn that a humanitarian disaster has already occurred for millions of people.
In South Sudan a devastating famine has broken out. In the civil war country of South Sudan, according to UN figures, about 100,000 people are directly threatened by starvation, and around five million people need food aid. Hundreds of thousands have fled abroad since a new outbreak of the fighting last July. Around two million people have sought shelter in other parts of the country.
The organization fears a further spread of the hunger crisis. About half of South Sudanese – about 5.5 million people – are already suffering from food insecurity and are therefore hovering in the coming months in their lives, the report says. In addition, about three-quarters of all households in the East African country had only deficient food.
The United Nations speaks of a famine only when people have already died of malnutrition.
In cooperation with our local partner organization we want to distribute urgently needed food in a first step. These will be procured in Uganda and transported from there to the affected regions in southern Sudan, where our local partners then carry out the various distributions. To this end, we are launching a new fundraising campaign in favor of the starving people in southern Sudan.
Would you like to support our food projects in Southern Sudan? With a donation of CHF 50.-, we provide a family with food for one month.
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The construction work of our first school in Meskeneh-Homs, Syria runs on high tours. The foundation of the building is already finished. The school with kindergarten is built in cooperation with the local Syrian Orthodox church community in Meskeneh, Homs. After the completion of this project, about 220 children who are at war will be able to attend classes here. The church community of Meskeneh takes over the management and administration of the school. It is our first construction project of this form in Syria. We are very happy about this important educational project which we can only realize with your energetic support!
The costs for the 1st stage (foundation and ground floor) have already been covered. The remaining costs for the 2nd stage (1st floor) are now covered by 70%. We sincerely thank you for your continued support. We keep you informed about the progress of the construction on a regular basis. For questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With a delegation of politicians, jury members and clerics, we visited the liberated Christian villages of the Nineveh plain on October 30, Bartella, Karamles and Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city in Iraq. There, under the leadership of the Syrian Catholic bishop, we held the first mass since the conquest of the city more than two years ago. It was a historic moment and an important step for the Christians in Iraq! ARAMAIC RELIEF International has been supporting the displaced inhabitants of this region with humanitarian aid projects for 2.5 years. We are continuing these important projects with all our strength and will support the families in the reconstruction effortfully! Help us restore these people to their homes.
Arrival of the 10 tons of relief goods (clothes, blankets) from Switzerland in Duhok, Northern Iraq.
After a 9-day trip, today the truck reached the Northern Iraq. After unloading all the boxes, we immediately began sorting and packing the goods. In the coming days we will distribute the clothes and blankets to the displaced and distressed families from the Niniveh plain. We keep you up to date with video and video material. On behalf of ARAMAIC RELIEF International, we would like to thank all the donors and helpers involved in this important aid project. We will also make further food distributions in these days.
Arrival of the 10 tons relief goods (clothes, blankets) from Switzerland in Duhok, northern Iraq. After all, we’ve got a lot of things to do. Thank you all!
At the same time as the beginning of the liberation of Mosul in northern Iraq, we are transporting relief goods for the fourth time to the affected war region. A total of 10 tonnes of clothing and blankets have been collected in the last few weeks and shipped by truck on 17.10.2016. We have distributed these urgently needed and warming relief supplies to the distressed families in Northern Iraq.
On behalf of ARAMAIC RELIEF International, we would like to thank all donors and helpers, you have made this important project possible!
Further donations in kind (clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, etc.) can still be handed over at our warehouse (Langgasse 40, 6340 Baar). Write to us: email@example.com
During the last weeks (end of Oct / beginning Nov 2016) in Syria and Iraq, we again carried out numerous distributions of aid goods and coordinated many new aid projects. We will publish all reports, videos and photos on the use of the project as well as our new projects in the Middle East in the coming days. We sincerely thank you all for the support!
WINTER HELP – Clothes collection for war victims in Syria – 20 tons on their way to Syria
Altogether, during the month of October we were able to collect 20 tons of warm winter clothes, shoes and blankets for war victims in Syria. The relief supplies are already on their way to Syria. In the middle of November we expect the arrival. They are then handed over directly to the internally deported and war-damaged families by our ARAMAIC RELIEF team. Thanks a lot to all donors and particularly to all volunteers who have worked 20 tons of boxes and loaded them into two trucks during 3 days. We will keep you informed about the distributions.
VIDEO – Clothes collection for war victims in Syria – Winterhelp with 20 tons by ARAMAIC RELIEF
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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.
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. ”
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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.
ARAMAIC RELIEF International is invited to hold 2 short talks on the current refugee situation in Syria and Iraq. The details of both events can be found in the enclosed information leaflets.
Everyone is welcome to participate. We are looking forward to your visit. Further events follow.