Turkish Red Crescent helping those fleeing violence in Syria

Published: 17 June 2011 14:47 CET

By Joe Lowry

As the numbers fleeing unrest in Syria the continue to rise, Turkish Red Crescent is responding to their immediate needs, providing shelter, meals, health and psychological support in government-run camps close to the border.

Turkish Red Crescent is fulfilling its role as an independent and neutral auxiliary to the state, and is discharging its function as envisaged in the national contingency plan established several weeks ago.

The Turkish government and the Turkish Red Crescent both have significant capacities in emergency response, and the number of arrivals so far is well within their ability to cope. Contingency analysis and plans are in place should the situation change or the numbers increase significantly.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), through its Europe Zone office in Budapest, is in regular contact with the Turkish Red Crescent and is confident that the National Society has the capacity to play its defined role in the current situation; to scale up its support should that be required; and has support from sister societies and other components of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement as an when it is needed.