Red Crescent steps up as tens of thousands Syrians are forced to seek refuge in Turkey

Publié: 2 octobre 2014

Budapest/ Geneva, 29 September 2014 – The population movement crisis at Turkey’s borders deepens as tens of thousands Syrians are driven out of their homes because of the escalating confrontation in the northern Syrian border towns.

The Turkish Red Crescent Society has been ceaselessly providing assistance to the people seeking refuge in Turkey during the past week. The Red Crescent society has been at the forefront of a coordinated humanitarian response since the beginning of the crisis, working in close cooperation with the Turkish government, to support the enormous needs of the people crossing the Syria-Turkey border.   

The Turkish government recently announced scaling up its support for the massive number of people entering into Suruç, a frontier town in south-eastern Turkey.  More than 160,000 Syrians have entered the country so far, further stretching the coping mechanism and resources of host communities.

The Turkish Red Crescent has been distributing food and water to the Syrians, as well as, providing warehouse and logistics support for receiving and distributing relief items such hygiene sets, baby diapers, and other equipment. The National Society is present in ten provinces hosting displaced population along the Syrian-Turkish border. It had also set up mobile kitchens at the crossing-point in Suruc, which continues to provide more than 10,000 rations of hot meal a day, for those who are being accommodated in public buildings and transit shelters.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appeals for 42 million Swiss francs to support the Turkish Red Crescent in providing lifesaving assistance to the displaced population who are living in camps and in urban areas. Funds from the appeal will also support the expansion of the national Red Crescent’s operations, which will now include emergency food distribution to meet the immediate needs.

The Turkish Red Crescent, in collaboration with the other humanitarian organizations currently responding to the crisis, is also assessing the needs of those who have newly arrived, working in coordination with the Turkish Emergency Response Agency (AFAD) to provide critical assistance.

For further information, please contact:


In Ankara:

  • Javier Ormeno, reporting and communications delegate, IFRC

Email: Tel: +90 535 234 7147 / +36 709537729

In Budapest:

  • Andreea Anca, senior communications officer, IFRC, Europe zone

Email: Mobile: +36 70 953 7709

In Geneva:

  • Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, team leader, public communications and outreach, IFRC Geneva

E-mail: Twitter: @benoistC Mobile: +41 79 213 2413

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