Syrian Expatriates Organization Issues Plea Urging the UN Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance and UNHCR to Strengthen Aid to Syria

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SEO urges the UN Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance to extend their assistance programs and implement a long-term food, medical, and humanitarian aid to the growing number of Syrians in dire need. SEO calls upon the UNHCR to strengthen their aid to the increasing number of Syrian refugees seeking safer areas in the refugee camps in neighboring countries.

The number of Syrian refugees fleeing to neighboring nations and seeking aid is rising.

Warning of a sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, John Ging, operations director for the U.N. Humanitarian Office, said on November 9th -2012, “The U.N. is projecting that a failure to end the fighting will lead to an increase in the number of Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries, from almost 400,000 at present to around 700,000 in early 2013.” Describing the misery of the humanitarian situation, he added "People need to be aware of just how desperate the situation is inside Syria for the people there, how unbearable it is, and how they are suffering and falling into ever deeper despair and humanitarian need," Ging said. "It's just getting a lot worse very rapidly for the ordinary people.”
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Stressing the urgency of the overwhelming needs in the refugee camps, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP),said during a visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, “The humanitarian situation is evolving on a daily basis and we must ensure that we can continue to meet the food needs of those affected by the conflict. Together with our UN and NGO partners, we are strengthening our response capacity to address any escalation in need should the situation further deteriorate leading to more displacement from Syria.”
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In light of all of these challenges, SEO urges the UN Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance to extend their assistance programs and implement a long-term food, medical, and humanitarian aid to the growing number of Syrians in dire need. SEO calls upon the UNHCR to strengthen their aid to the increasing number of Syrian refugees obligated to flee their homes, seeking safer areas in the UNHCR refugee camps in neighboring countries.

“We acknowledge the immeasurable extent of the Syrian humanitarian catastrophe, which we predict to worsen if world inaction continues,” said Dr. Iyad Azrak, SEO Board Member. “We appreciate all the efforts adopted by the UN and UNHCR to alleviate the Syrian humanitarian crisis. However, this catastrophe is beyond the scope of a single entity, and needs the extensive collaboration of international efforts on multiple levels,” said Azrak. “SEO believes that helping the Syrian people is an urgent humanitarian obligation.”

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