Responding to the dire humanitarian situation following events in Al Qusayr

Publié: 19 juin 2013 12:08 CET

Hisyah town is located on the Homs-Damascus international highway, 60 km away from Homs Governorate. Since the beginning of crisis in Syria, Hisyah has become home to many people displaced across the country. It plays host to families from Baba amr, Khaldiyeh, Al-Nazihin, Karam Al-Zaytoon, Arjoun, Ashira, and now also Al-Qusayr villages: Saqirjah, Al-Burhaniyah, al-Muh, Abou Jouri.The estimated number of families currently living in this  area is 1,700, including more than 500 families recently arrived from Al Qusayr and Gazzhal.

These families have on average six members, and the total number includes 595 infants. The humanitarian situation here is extremely dire. In addition to host families, five shelters and four large tents have been opened to house them.

According to the assessments carried out by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) – Homs branch, people of this region are suffering and the situation is getting worse. There are individuals that need immediate relief or surgery, and the region as a whole needs rapid intervention from water and sanitation teams to install field tanks and bathrooms in shelter centers and residential buildings. There is a constant need for clean water, as most of the buildings are not connected to the public water network, and many building are in need of repair. And as the summer returns, summer clothing and mosquito nets will also be needed, among other life-saving needs.

After violence escalated in Al-Qusayr in April, many more families left their homes. People started first to live in schools and tents, but as crisis worsened, the problem of sheltering has increased, and the assessment team has observed a daily increasing number of displaced families since May.

As a result, SARC – Homs branch responded urgently to support those displaced people, in support with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Danish Refugee Council, by distributing blankets, mattresses, food and other essential items.

The response has been focused on Hisyah region. The branch established a response team of various competences including: registration, distribution, shelter, water and sanitation and health care. This team worked continuously for four days. Branch staff say the biggest need is in shelter as more families arrive each day.