Baltimore, MD, August 1, 2013
Since the opening of satellite offices in the Syria's Dara'a governorate last January, IOCC/GOPA has registered more than 20,000 internally displaced families from the towns of Dara'a and Ezraa in immediate need of humanitarian assistance. An additional 40,000 families that fled the town of Nawa last week due to intensified fighting are also being registered to receive humanitarian aid. Photo: IOCC/GOPA
Restricted movement and disruption to normal life brought on by Syria's two-year conflict has left as many as eight million Syrians in need. With roads linking Damascus to Dara'a and other major Syrian towns often closed for extended periods of time, thousands of families living in the country's southwestern governorate of Dara'a remain trapped in their homes as prolonged fighting in neighborhoods throughout the region intensifies. Many have lost their jobs. Food and basic necessities are becoming harder to find.