Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — April 15, 2015 — Last week's attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000 of its residents trapped with little access to food, water, electricity or outside aid. The UN has described the conditions there as "beyond inhumane" and is calling for full protection of civilians and humanitarian access.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, is assessing the urgent needs of displaced families that managed to escape, and is prepared to provide for clothing, hygiene kits, medical services, and psychosocial support for those in need. IOCC/GOPA is also aware of the plight of more than 600 families that fled to Bet Sham and Yalda, but these areas are now under conflict, and inaccessible.
The small Damascus enclave of Yarmouk has been home to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees for decades. Syria's civil war has severely degraded the quality of life there over the past two years, depriving families of access to food, water, and medical aid.
IOCC, an ACT Alliance member, is providing immediate assistance to displaced families and elderly who have endured four years of a brutal war. IOCC has provided relief to 2.3 million vulnerable people inside Syria since 2012.
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