Kuwait Red Crescent Society launches campaign to support those fleeing violence in Syria

Published: 18 January 2013 14:47 CET

By Raefah Makki in Lebanon

At the beginning of January Kuwait Red Crescent Society field teams headed to Jordan and Lebanon to oversee the provision of relief assistance to 20,000 Syrian refugee families who left their homes fleeing from violence.

The ten day campaign started with distribution of food parcels from Jerash governorate in Northern Jordan to 300 families. In total, the assistance in Lebanon and Jordan includes 20,000 food parcels sufficient to cover basic food needs for families for one month. 20,000 blankets have also been provided to assist families in coping with oncoming winter.

The president of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, Barjes Hamoud Al-Barjes told the Kuwait News Agency: “The assistance provided in Lebanon and Jordan comes within the framework of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society’s commitment to stand with the Syrian brothers who live a human tragedy.”

Jaafar Al-Jamali, who led the field team in Jordan said there was a concerted effort across the region to help deal with the fallout from the violence in Syria. “The campaign in Jordan coincides with similar campaigns in Lebanon and Turkey to help Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries, along with the efforts of Red Crescent to reach the Syrian families in need inside Syria, as well through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,” he said.

President Al-Barjes stated that the Kuwait Red Crescent Society has established an operations room to monitor the needs of the Syrian people inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries, and is working in concert with the Lebanese Red Cross and the Jordan Red Crescent, and with the strong support from Kuwaiti diplomatic missions and embassies in both countries.

The Kuwait Red Crescent Society has been actively involved in supporting the affected Syrian population since the outbreak of the unrest. Their efforts in reaching people inside and outside Syria have also played an essential role in bridging the humanitarian assistance between the Kuwaiti and Syrian people.

The humanitarian needs continue to rise as more Syrian refugees arrive in border towns and camps, mainly to Jordan and Lebanon. The total number of registered refugees and individuals awaiting registration in Syria neighbouring countries is 576,721 as of 31 December.