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MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 luglio 2020

Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis.The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday with 557 votes to 72 and 59 abstentions.€485 million have been earmarked to keep funding the two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE).Host communities and refugees (Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria) in Jordan and Lebanon will be supported with a total of €100 million. This money will be used to fund projects that offer access to education, support livelihoods and provide health, sanitation, water and waste services, as well as social protection.

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Leading MEPs welcome the support package for Syrian refugees of EUR 585 million

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2020

European Parliament standing rapporteur on Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES), and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE), said:
“With today’s decision, the EU has shown that it remains committed to improving the situation of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, particularly Turkey.Following two visits at the beginning of the year, the European Parliament is well aware of the continuing needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey and knows that the decision on the new funds is urgent, as some of the most relevant programmes will run out of funds in September 2020.We have always praised and appreciated the role that Turkey is playing, currently hosting the largest refugee population in the world, including 3.7 million Syrian refugees. Regardless of the way in which some try to use migration and refugee issues for political leverage, the reality is that refugee populations in Turkey continue to need support and the EU should keep fairly contributing to these vulnerable populations.We therefore welcome this new support package, which comes on top of the existing EUR 6 billion under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The new funds will benefit Syrian refugees directly and will be administered by international organisations, not by the Turkish authorities.If approved by Parliament and the Council, these funds will go directly to refugee families through two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey: the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) – providing monthly cash transfers to around 1,7 million refugees, currently implemented by the International Federation of the Red Cross – and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) – providing cash to refugee families whose children attend school instead of working, currently managed by UNICEF.We reiterate that any EU funding for refugees in Turkey has to be monitored effectively by the EU delegation so we can guarantee that neither EU money nor any facilities funded by the EU are being used to forcefully return refugees to Syria. Any returns to Syria have to be safe, dignified and voluntary, with the involvement of the UNHCR.”

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A path towards the resilience of Syrian people

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 aprile 2019

A recent seminar held at the European Parliament in Brussels brought into sharp focus the situation and resilience of people in Syria, generating responses from diverse Christian voices and European Institutions. The event explored in detail possible, viable and legally durable solutions to promote the future normalization of the lives of Syrians.
The theme of the event was “The next day in Syria: A path towards the resilience of Syrian people” and the speakers touched upon topics including “humanitarian aid for all” and “reconstruction and resilience of Syria” in two consecutive sessions.
Hosted by György Hölvényi MEP and Jan Olbrycht MEP, Co-Chairmen of the European People’s Party (EPP) Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue, the seminar was organised by the Conference of European Churches, Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU), and the EPP group in European Parliament.Mairead McGuinness MEP, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, made remarks about the theme in the introductory session of the seminar.
Metropolitan Athanasios of Achaia, Director of the Representative Office of the Orthodox Church of Greece to the European Union, spoke about the challenges faced by Syrians. “We are here to express our sincere concern in a spirit of solidarity in prayer, advocacy and practical support acknowledging our responsibility as Christians for our fellow human beings,” he said.“I believe that our efforts need to be supported by an inspiring global educational activity involving both parents and the youth. The European Institutions should take the initiative to set an example for the education system as a whole,” added Metropolitan Athanasios.Elsy Wakil, regional secretary of the World Student Christian Federation – Middle East and Program Director for Peacebuilding and Overcoming Violence was among the speakers. She highlighted the realities faced by Lebanon due to refugee crisis in the Middle East, and its impact on youth. “Immigration has become a phenomenon increasing year after year for the last couple of decades leaving a huge lack of opportunities for young people to build up and enjoy the country where they belong. It is no secret that Lebanon was not prepared politically, socially and economically to receive a huge number of Syrian refugees.”
Amidst these challenges, she said “it’s the time to talk about the rebuilding of Syria and return of the Syrian refugees to their country.” She highlighted ten points why however currently return of the Syrian refugees is unrealistic.
The discussions conveyed the significance of churches’ concern and work for the Syrian people in different areas such as education, healthcare, psychological-social and spiritual support, humanitarian aid and promoting their right to normal daily life in their homes.

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Israel has proven that humanitarian aid takes precedence over political considerations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has praised Israel, with the assistance of the United States, Jordan, Canada, and the EU, for its “critical humanitarian intervention and efforts” in helping hundreds of Syrian ‘White Helmet’ rescue workers and their families flee in a daring overnight evacuation as part of the wider ongoing “Good Neighbor” operation.“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, together with US President Donald Trump, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Western powers involved in today’s critical humanitarian intervention have proven that the provision of humanitarian assistance, no matter how dangerous, takes precedence and prevalence over political considerations,” Lauder said. “Over the last few years, Israel has saved the lives of thousands of wounded Syrians, opening its borders and hospitals to those in need from an enemy nation. Hundreds and thousands of Syrians are still living in imminent danger, and it is beyond praiseworthy to witness the efforts being made on their behalf,” Lauder said.

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Commemoration of the Syrian Chemical Attacks of August 21, 2013 Green Cross Calls for Immediate International Support of the Victims

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 agosto 2014

attacchi chimici sirianiZurich, Switzerland (ots) – A year ago, on August 21, 2013, several residential areas of Damascus, the Ghoutas, were hit by a mayor chemical weapons attack causing the death of an estimated 1.400 civilians and injuring many more. The world was shocked and under international pressure the Syrian government joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and assented to the OPCW-led destruction of its declared chemical weapons arsenals. But one year after the attacks it seems that the international furor over the use of toxic agents against civilians in Syria has subsided. The still-besieged Ghoutas have not received any substantial international aid and the survivors are still suffering from heavy after-effects due to their exposure to toxic agents. Green Cross is calling for immediate international support of the victims and points out the necessity to strengthen international efforts to ban all weapons of mass destruction from the region.
Green Cross has recently successfully implemented an emergency aid project in Ghouta together with the Syrian partner organization, Al-Seeraj. The project aimed at providing urgently needed medicine against the further spread of diseases within the population already weakened by the chemical attacks. But the ill and traumatized people need much more support. “It is a real humanitarian disaster that is taking place in the besieged areas”, says K. A., a woman aged 27, who has lost all her family members during the attack on Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta. She stayed in her besieged neighborhood despite all the horror and is devoting now all her strength as a medical assistant to the suffering people.
Since early 2008, Green Cross has supported local social-medical care projects in the Halabja Region in northern Iraq, infamous for the deadly poison gas attacks ordered by the regime of Saddam Hussein in 1988. These projects are focusing on the long-term sociological, psychological and physical health effects of those chemical attacks and show how important it is to support the victims even a long time after the event.
Falah Muradkhin, survivor of the 1988 attacks and who is today project coordinator of the local partner organization of Green Cross, Wadi Iraq, mourns the victims of the Ghouta attacks and points out that “25 years ago the technology was not available to send immediate news and reports to the world about what happened in Halabja. Today, however, the situation is different. The horrible pictures from the Ghoutas were quickly disseminated and seen by many people. Yet no action was taken to help the victims of the attacks and no adequate response has been seen either from the United Nations or from countries, also in Europe, which supposedly were involved in the development of Syria’s chemical weapon arsenals”. Green Cross is therefore calling on this day of commemoration for immediate international support of the forgotten victims of the Ghouta-attacks.
Green Cross is also supporting actively the establishment of a world truly free of chemical weapons and therefore calls on the remaining six non-State Parties – Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan – to join the CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention). And in view of the close relationship between all three classes of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical, and biological – Green Cross calls for the establishment of a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)-free zone as a next step. “There will be no real security for the people living in this politically tense region as long as there are any weapons of mass destruction stockpiled”, concludes Dr. Stephan Robinson, Unit Manager (Water, Legacy) of Green Cross.

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Author Launches Kickstarter Campaign To See Her Novel On The Syrian Conflict Edited & Mass-produced

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 aprile 2014

syrian civil warWestford, MA – ‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ is the shocking Syrian Civil War story as portrayed through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old survivor. The author is seeking crowdfunding via her Kickstarter campaign to help fund the professional editing costs of this young adult novel and to see it mass-produced.Hayley J. Lawson, the author of War Kids — A Syrian Story, has announced that she is launching her Kickstarter campaign on which aims to cover the cost of having this young adult novel professionally edited and mass-produced.
‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ deals with the very real crisis of the ongoing Syrian Civil War through the eyes of young children as they try to stay strong despite the overwhelming presence of death. The novel provides a number of perspectives from young characters as they deal with the deaths of their families, the destruction of their villages and their ongoing need to survive. “It really is heartbreaking what is happening in Syria. As I watched TV and folded up my laundry, an image of a young girl appeared. She was older than my daughter by a few years,” said Hayley J. Lawson, author of the book War Kids — A Syrian Story.  When a fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself. Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war. To help fund the contemporary young adult novel War Kids — A Syrian Story, visit the Kickstarter Campaign page here. About Hayley J. Lawson
Hayley J. Lawson is the author of the young adult contemporary novel War Kids — The Syrian Story. On August 21st 2013, she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her first novel. The novel is set in Syria and encapsulates the Syrian Civil War as seen through the eyes of children. Hayley was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building. Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, Hayley always believed that if you worked hard, you could do anything you wanted. If she didn’t know how to do something she would research until she did. As a young child, she found a passion for drawing, and continued her artistic slant into adulthood — graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA (Hons) in fashion design. Aged twenty seven, Hayley and her husband left the UK and moved to California, where she gave birth to her daughter. The family relocated to Long Island, NY, where she currently resides.

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