Alert 500: Emergency Assistance for Internally Displaced People Affected by Storms in Idlib Governorate, Syria
The crisis in Syria has lasted a decade and 2020 saw some of the worst violence since the start of the conflict. As a result, there are some 2.7 million internally displaced people living in North West Syria now. Many of them live in makeshift camps, derelict buildings, or even in the open air.
On 18 January, a storm hit Idlib governorate and many of these camps, as well as roads that provide access and movement, were fully or partially destroyed. Families watched as the extreme weather washed away tents and the few belongings they owned.
With support from the Start Fund, CAFOD, working with a local organisation, and Islamic Relief Worldwide were able to respond within days, distributing everything from ready-to-eat meals to mattresses, blankets, insulators/plastic sheets and coal. They also conducted community awareness sessions and distributed prevention information around COVID-19. Here's what they learned from the experience.
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