Today, like much of Syria, the peaceful community of Yarmouk, a Palestinian Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Damascus, is trapped in the middle of a war zone.
About Yarmouk: Yarmouk is a vibrant neighborhood with schools, hospitals, parks, small businesses and boutiques. It is a warm, welcoming community. Though shelling and death are a constant threat, the camp has become a place of refuge for a huge influx newly displaced Syrians. Makeshift shelters have sprung up around the city, houses have been filled with multiple families and everyone has found a way to pitch in.
In a miraculous show of solidarity, Palestinians displaced since 1957 have welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms.
A Call for Help: Still there is simply not enough food and shelter to go around. In response to the crisis, a grassroots non-aligned group, The National Committee for the Palestinian Camps, has formed. They have been able to work wonders, distributing hundreds of bags of bread, meals, food hampers, mattresses, milk and nappies for infants. They have also conducted critical first-aid workshops, led by local doctors, so that citizens can respond to victims of shell attacks. They’re saving lives.
But what they lack is resources. Most people in the camp have now lost their jobs because of the collapse in the economy. Although some aid has arrived from NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent, their access to the camp is extremely limited and the aid is nowhere near enough to meet the needs of the camp’s population.
Our Campaign: With $5,000 we hope to raise, the Committee will be able to deliver 60 food hampers to needy families. They will also be able to provide:
- Milk to 125 infants for two weeks;
- Distribute antibiotics to children;
Provide life-saving medicine to people with diabetes and heart conditions.
Any additional funds will help even more. Every day we wake afraid our loved ones may have been hurt or killed. What reassures us is how strong and organized Yarmouk’s community is, how skilled and determined they are to survive. Still, they can’t move mountains with a pitchfork. They need our help. Thank you for giving what you can.