Red Cross Hospital is waiting to be opened

Mikko Vähäniitty
Construction of the Red Cross hospital was begun in the autumn of 2013.
Image: Mikko Vähäniitty

At the end of April 2014, a new camp for Syrian refugees opened in Azraq, Jordan. The Finnish Red Cross is part of a joint aid operation that has built a hospital for the displaced people who are to occupy the camp.

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Punaisen Ristin työtä voi tukea lahjoittamalla katastrofirahastoon:
  • Lähettämällä tekstiviestin SPR numeroon 16499 (15 € / tekstiviesti)
  • Tekemällä lahjoituksen verkossa
  • Tilille: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00
  • Puhelimella: Soita 0600-122 20 (20,28 € + pvm)

 

- See more at: http://www.punainenristi.fi/uutiset/20140320/ukrainan-avustamiseen-puoli...

On April 30, a new refugee camp for Syrian refugees opened in Jordan. The camp at Azraq, in the Mafraq governorate, can shelter up to 130,000 refugees and has been ready to do so since late last year.

The Red Cross Societies of Norway, Germany, Canada, and the Finnish Red Cross have cooperated to build a camp hospital that will be fully operational by the beginning of June.The installation of medical equipment and machines will be completed during May. It is estimated that at the beginning of June the camp will become home to some 30,000 refugees. Construction of the Red Cross hospital was begun in the autumn of 2013.

In an aid programme that has been underway for three years, building the hospital at Azraq is part of the work undertaken by the Finnish Red Cross to help victims of the Syrian conflict. The FRC has also funded the aid efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Among the many aid supplies sent into the region by the FRC are: water canisters, blankets, food parcels, and hygiene packs.

The aid operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Syria are exceptionally difficult because aid workers are in danger and the ongoing violence in Syria limits the transport of aid supplies. Several of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent employees and volunteers have already died while doing aid work. The Red Cross demands that all parties of the conflict respect international humanitarian law.

Almost three million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

The civil war in Syria has caused a huge refugee problem throughout the region. There are several million internally displaced persons in Syria itself, and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees registered as such by The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is almost three million.

The camp at Azraq is the third camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Every day around 600 refugees arrive in the country and it is not possible to enlarge the older camps. Although the huge number of refugees seeking shelter in Jordan is an enormous burden, the country is committed to the Azraq camp. In collaboration with the UNHCR, and other international organisations, the Jordanian authorities are in charge of running the Azraq camp.

The humanitarian aid and rescue services office of the European Commission (ECHO) is supporting the operation with EUR 7 million, while the Canadian government has pledged EUR 1.8 million. The Italian government has donated the permanent structures of the field hospital, valued at EUR 1 million. Airbus provided a free flight worth EUR 200,000. Finnair also took part in the project by not charging for services carried out at the airport.