The extent of human suffering in the Syrian War is beyond comprehension

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In Syria, millions of people are in need of help due to the violence that has continued for nearly seven years. The International Red Cross is appealing to all the parties in this conflict to protect civilians.

The situation in Eastern Ghouta has escalated into catastrophic proportions in the bombings of the past few days. The number of people injured and killed is growing, and the civilians in the besieged areas cannot escape the bombings or receive the treatment they need.
– In Eastern Ghouta, the extent of human suffering is already far beyond our comprehension, but we fear that the situation will deteriorate even further, says Johanna Klinge, the representative of the Finnish Red Cross in the Middle East.  
There are a large number of besieged villages and towns in Eastern Ghouta, which is located near Damascus. Approximately 400,000 people, a third of whom are children, have been living in harsh conditions for a long time without sufficient nourishment, medical care or other basic necessities. Civilian targets, such as hospitals and health centres, have been bombed. 
– Last week, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent managed for the first time this year to transport aid supplies to the area, but the situation is shocking and more help is needed, says Päivi Hurttia, one of the Finnish Red Cross’s aid workers in Syria.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing to all sides of the conflict to allow humanitarian aid to safely reach those in need and to honour the international laws protecting civilians.

Relief from Finland to Syria

In March, seven years will have passed since the Syrian conflict began, and there is no end in sight to the human suffering. Over 13 million people are in need of help in Syria and its neighbouring regions. 
The country’s healthcare system has collapsed, and the war has destroyed entire cities together with their services. The number of internal refugees is over six million, and most of them do not have sufficient access to food, water, shelter, sanitation or health services.

The International Red Cross will continue its work in order to help the Syrians together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent

– The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is assisting millions of people every month by distributing aid supplies, food and water and by providing emergency and other healthcare services. Thousands of volunteers are putting their lives at risk to help others, says Hurttia.
An overwhelming number of Syrians have been maimed, and many of them are children and young people. At the Red Crescent and Red Cross rehabilitation centres, the injured are provided with physiotherapy, prostheses, assistive devices and emotional support.
The Finnish Red Cross has supported the relief project in Syria and its neighbouring areas with almost 25 million euros within five years.