JEDDAH: AFSHAN AZIZ
Published — Wednesday 24 October 2012
Last update 24 October 2012 5:06 am
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their war-ravaged country to take refuge in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.
Members of the International Islamic Relief Organization, Saudi Arabia (IIROSA), Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR met at the Secretariat General of IIROSA in Jeddah to discuss the situation in Syria and provide relief assistance to the refugees
Radhouane Nouicer, United Nations officer for OCHA, briefed the meeting on the deteriorating humanitarian condition in Syria. “With winter approaching, the internally displaced people hosted in schools and public buildings require mattresses, blankets, furniture and winter clothes.”
Nouicer said humanitarian needs continued to escalate as the violence spread and deepened day by day. United efforts from international charity institutions are required to help the displaced people, he said. So far only 30 percent of the requirements needed for the humanitarian response plan were met with.
Adnan Khalil Basha, secretary-general of IIROSA, looked forward for a stronger coordination with OCHA and UNHCR to streamline relief efforts to Syrian refugees.
“IIROSA is aware of the worsening crisis in Syria and is steadily increasing its support to the refugees. We are honored to collaborate with both organizations in providing assistance to the increasing number of Syrian refugees,” he said.
“I have urged the directors of our offices in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to coordinate with UNHCR and other organizations to provide assistance to a maximum number of refugees in need,” he added.
The organization has already asked its representative offices to give priority to the refugees registered in the UN records.
IIROSA gives three types of support to the refugees. They supply foodstuffs, prepare housing units and sponsor 2,000 students in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. IIROSA also assists vulnerable refugees with psychological rehabilitation. The organization has started to coordinate with UNHCR a year ago, in operating and running the Rafia'a camp for Iraqi refugees.