UNHCR moves to support families in need in Hasiya, Syria

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A baby gets some rest in one of the tents put up in Hasiya for the displaced Syrian families. Children there face many health problems.© UNHCR/A.Blazy

The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has now passed 1.6 million, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Intensified fighting has led to more than 3,000 people crossing the border. And that is in addition to another 3,000 that have been registered in Lebanon over the past three weeks.

Word of this comes as UNHCR together with the World Food Program (WFP), UNICEF, OCHA and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), visited the town of Hasiya in central-western Syria in order to assess the situation and needs of Syrian families that had been forcibly displaced from Al-Qusair.

Spokesperson Dan McNorton says most of the families they spoke to said they urgently needed milk, diapers, medical supplies and adequate shelter.

” UNHCR was able to witness the dire humanitarian situation of these displaced families. Due to the poor sanitation and hygiene conditions in which people were living, many, especially children, were suffering from diarrhoea, respiratory problems, high fevers, ear infections and skin diseases. “

UNHCR says during the visit it was able to identify a building that could act as a safer location to host those currently displaced by the fighting in Al-Qusair and to deliver additional essential items such as mattresses, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets, plastic sheets and hygiene items – diapers, sanitary pads and hygiene kits.

At the same time, it has since delivered essential relief items of blankets and mattresses to 500 families. But it adds, the needs remain huge.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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