MERCY MALAYSIA HELPING SYRIAN REFUGEES
REYHANLI, TURKEY, 2- 7 FEBRUARY 2017
MERCY Malaysia team led by MERCY Malaysia’s President Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus and EXCO Dr Norzila Mohamed Zainudin pursued on a humanitarian mission to Reyhanli, Hatay province in Turkey bordering Syria on 2 – 7 February 2017. The team led by MERCY Malaysia President, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus attended a meeting at IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation office.
The programme involves hygiene distribution in three Syrian Schools of 2,000 students located in Reyhanlı District with participation of MERCY Malaysia’s administration.
The team distributed hygiene kits to three Syrian Schools of 2,000 students located in Reyhanlı District and at Anadolu Syrian school, runned by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. The team handed over medical supplies to two hospitals (Alamal and Bab Al hawa hospital) and provided free services for Syrian refugees and the wounded from the ongoing conflict.
BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON, 19 – 24 DECEMBER 2016
Throughout the year, the protracted Syrian crises ensued, and on 19 to 24 December 2016 MERCY Malaysia managed with the help of our donors and partners to extend our ongoing assistance to four Syrian refugee camps in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Apart from to monitor the latest development of the Syrian refugees at the area by our team led by our EXCO, Dr. Hariyati Shahrima, whom is also a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) expert, the mission also involved conducting capacity enhancement session about self care and gap assessment to the front-liners that are working with the Syrian refugees in the camps at area, equipping them the knowledge and skills in evidence based activities to help children, traumatized by the on-going conflict, to mobilize effective coping strategies and manage their emotions. The assistance also included the distribution of more than 24,000 medicines and food parcels for 3,036 individuals, as well as Winter Kits (Blankets, Mattresses and diesel) for 506 families, and setting up a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in one of the refugee camp that benefitted 80 children.
ALEPPO HUMANITARIAN MISSION, 19 – 26 DECEMBER 2016
After the Syrian army launched a military offensive on Aleppo, recapturing 90 percent of the eastern part of city by December, the escalation of the situation in Aleppo led to an increase in the number of IDPs resulting in over 12 million Syrians – half the country’s prewar population – displaced from their homes.
The increasing number of IDPs has also caused the provision of aid by humanitarian organizations in the area to become insufficient, and unable to cover all of the IDPs’ needs. The limited preparedness to accommodate the situation exceeded the current ability of organizations and other actors in the area to respond, calling for the international community to provide urgent support. Our team witnessed first-hand the dire situation they were facing, with the harsh winter making living conditions extremely challenging especially for children and the elderly.
After days of negotiations with the government officials from Turkey and Syria, our Rapid Assessment Team, led by our Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, Mr. Norazam Ab Samah and EXCO Dr. Iqbal, managed to get into the IDPs Camps of Kamuna in Ad-Dana Camp, in the village of Sarmada, Idlib Syria and Azaz, located at the border of Syria-Turkey, in order to deliver the much needed medical and humanitarian aid to thousands of IDPs who are still in Aleppo and Idlib. The team provided not only 1,000 ready-to-eat food baskets and the distribution of medicines, but were also able to conduct humanitarian and medical assessment.
Previously, MERCY Malaysia had conducted several missions in Syria and Aleppo between 2013 and 2014. Though provision of aids within Syria came to halt by 2015 due to the increasing crisis, however assistance by MERCY Malaysia to the Syrian refugees in other countries such as Lebanon and Jordan has been ongoing.
MERCY Malaysia is calling for the public to support this humanitarian effort that has become increasingly urgent due to the current situation in Idlib Province. Donations to the cause can be made to MERCY Malaysia’s Syria Relief Fund by logging on to www.mercy.org.my.