Update on Idlib and call to action.
A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Idlib as the regime and Russia continue to bombard civilian areas and move closer to capturing the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, which was the site of a devastating chemical attack in 2017 that killed 92 people. The constant airstrikes have forced at least 530,000 people from their homes, with many camped out in the open air without shelter, adequate food, water, or medical supplies. Local monitoring groups estimate that 40,000 people fled their homes between 13 and 14 August alone. Many of Idlib’s 3.5 million residents, including children, have been displaced multiple times due to the relentless attacks. Since the regime and Russia escalated their attacks on the northwest on 26 April, 881 civilians have been killed, 228 of them children. Among the weapons used against civilian neighborhoods are incendiary weapons, cluster munitions, regular missiles, nail-filled missiles, and barrel bombs, according to a recent report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Over the weekend, 34 civilians, including nine children, an unborn baby and his mother were murdered in regime and Russian airstrikes. The UN Secretary-General recently decided to launch an inquiry into regime and Russian attacks on medical facilities in northwest Syria, but already some at the UN are arguing against assigning blame to avoid upsetting Russia. Meanwhile, the attacks continue. Last week, a paramedic and an ambulance driver were killed in Maarat al-Numan when an airstrike targeted their ambulance centre, marking the 40th attack on medical facilities since 26 April. As White Helmets rescue workers arrived at the site of the attack, another airstrike hit, killing volunteer Younes Balouz, who is among ninth White Helmet volunteers who have been killed in Idlib, most of whom died in the same “double-tap” airstrike tactic that deliberately aims to kill arriving rescuers. Assad and Putin are committing these war crimes knowing that they will face no consequences from the international community. As the world looks away, it’s our responsibility towards the people of Idlib to make sure that these crimes are not committed under the cover of silence. Please spread the word by sharing this post, then use the link to contact your representatives and members of the UN Security Council and demand they use all channels available to #SaveIdlib: https://diary.thesyriacampaign.org/save-idlib/
The picture was taken of Khan Sheikhoun by Anas Al-Dyab, a photographer and member of the White Helmets who was killed in July while documenting the bombardment of his hometown.
The Syria Campaign
On 5 March 2019 RRYM celebrated it’s third birthday as a
registered charity. Looking back over the past three years it’s safe to say
we’ve come a long way and achieved an awful lot in that time. Our ability to
offer help to those in need has been a direct result of your willingness to get
involved, by following our posts and
donating items for us to ship out to where they are most needed, by helping to
sort and pack the items into suitable bags or boxes, or by donating financially
towards shipping costs. Your interest in our work and continued support have
enabled us to expand as a charity, offering more help to more people and
organisations as we grow.
We continue to ship 30kg boxes of aid out to Athens, the
Greek Islands, Rumania and Bosnia at an average of three boxes a week. Each box
costs between £29 and £31 to send. These boxes contain everything from clothes
and footwear, nappies and wipes, first aid and medical items to small toys and
educational material. We also continue to transport larger items such as
buggies, prams, moses baskets, travel cots, suitcases, baby carriers and
wheelchairs to link up with the 40ft containers organised by care UK in
Cheshire. Each trip to Northwich involves hiring a van and paying for fuel
which on average costs £90 each time.
During the last financial year we have spent £3,467 on shipping costs,
compared to £3,371 over the previous two years. From this you will see that our
expenses over the past twelve months have doubled!
Until now we have been able to rely on fundraising events
such as supermarket slots or tabletop sales to cover our shipping costs.
Unfortunately the refugee crisis and the untenable situation
in which these people find themselves shows no signs of abating. If anything
the need for aid is even greater now than ever, with many governments and some
larger NGOs having conveniently chosen to wash their hands of the refugee
crisis. Expenditure has exceeded income for the past few months which means
that we are having to make some very difficult choices with regard to who we
can afford to help and how often.
It is for this reason that we would ask you to consider
either making a donation to RRYM as a one-off payment, or better still for
those of you who feel able to do so to consider setting up a standing order for
a fixed amount each month. No amount would be considered too small. For one-off
donations via Paypal please click the DONATE button on this page. For anyone
wishing to set up a standing order our account number for Refugee Relief Ynys
Mon is: 71053743
Sort code: 51-61-14
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and a very special thanks to anyone who can increase our financial capacity to continue helping those in need.
With much love, Heulwen
We’re always on the lookout for mobile phones in good working order.
To lose your phone is to feel lost, disconnected and without information.
For those hundreds of thousands fleeing war, a smartphone can be a life line.
It’s a basic tool that means they can make a much needed call home. Access maps to find out where they are. Find information about what to do next, and what’s going on in the world.
A lot of the families and individuals coming to the refugee camps in Europe don’t have one. They’ve been lost, stolen or damaged on the way.
They don’t necessarily need to be smart phones. For many refugees their phone is their only link with the Home and the family that they’ve left behind.
We’re constantly receiving requests for them.
So, if you wouldn’t mind checking your cupboards and drawers for surplus phones and chargers we’d be delighted to take them off your hands.
You can help
If you can’t find any mobile phones but would like to make a cash donation, we can use this to purchase refurbished phones at a reasonable price for those in greatest need.
We’ve received many wonderful donations over the past months. Thanks so much to those of you who have contributed so generously.