Urgent need for life-saving donations.
Dr. Sahloul reports from Idlib, where the humanitarian situation is catastrophic.
“I saw some villages completely emptied or half-emptied of their residents,” said Dr. Zaher Sahloul, the president of MedGlobal, an organization that sends medical teams to disaster regions, who risked the bombardments and threats from extremist groups to visit some of the most devastated areas this week.
“Sharing the information with the United Nations did not lead to greater protection,” said Dr Zaher Sahloul, the president of MedGlobal who was recently in Idlib. “If anything people are thinking right now that by sharing this information it’s increasing the risk of targeting the hospitals.”
“Women want to control the time that they deliver because things are unexpected,” Sahloul said. “A bombing can happen at any time, and in the middle of the night you cannot move to the hospital.”
URGENT CRISIS IN IDLIB
The continued fighting and crisis in Idlib left people with nowhere to go except the Euphrates shield area and Olive Branch to the northeast that is controlled by Turkey. Turkey has sealed its border and is not allowing refugees in.
Turkey already has 3.5 million Syrian refugees and there is an expected 1-2 million more Syrians who will be displaced at the Syrian-Turkish border.
Preparations are underway in Turkey to accommodate 580,000 IDPs in Efrin/Euphrates shield area, though nothing is finalized. The cost of displacement of 800,000 people is projected to be about 350 million dollars, with 200 million already allocated from the UN.
The priorities for such displacement are transportation, emergency meals, shelter, food, psychological support, mobile clinics, medical supplies, and medications.
Needed emergency food baskets cost $2 each and larger food baskets that can last 1 week for a single-family cost $10. The most urgent need is for shelter and a single family’s shelter ranges from $900 to 1000 for one month ($600 for the tent, $170 NFI, $140 for food and other expenses).
There is a huge mobilization of Turkish civil society and the public to donate and send in-kind donations.
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