Billions Raised by London Conference but Will It Reach Syrians?

Yesterday’s Syria Conference in London could be a potential turning point with some rich countries pledging far more aid than in previous years. But others still need to step up and give their fair share. Vitally we need to see these pledges becoming reality.

Ahead of the conference we heard from Rouba Mhaissen about the importance of the involvement of local organizations and hearing from Syrians as part of the process.

Rouba was one of three Syrians inside the conference, she impressed Ban Ki Moon with her message hammering home the importance of hearing from those who have been living through the Syria Crisis firsthand.

Here Rouba gives us her one-minute round up of the conference:

Ensuring pledged money reaches those inside Syria and that local organizations are involved in the process of implementation are important messages that Rouba wants to ensure are heard going forward. What do you think?

As Rouba says join the conversation, have your say. #SupportSyrians.

It must be remembered that money for aid, although vital, will not solve the crisis.  Ultimately, there needs to be an end to the massive violations in Syria. Governments in London can’t rest on their laurels when the peace talks in Geneva are faltering and the violence continues unabated.

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This entry posted by Daniel Gorevan (@DGorevan), Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria Crisis, on 4 February 2016.

Photo: Two young brothers, originally from near Damascus in Syria, collect drinking water from an Oxfam supplied water tank in Zaatari camp in Jordan, which is home to around 80,000 Syrian refugees. Half of the camp's residents are under 18. Oxfam helps some 25,000 of Zaatari's residents by providing drinking water, toilets and showers, community centres, hygiene promotion and waste collection.

In Jordan we work in both Za'atari refugee camp and in Jordanian communities that are hosting Syrian refugees. Za'atari camp is now the fourth biggest city in Jordan, housing around 80,000 Syrian refugees.

Oxfam currently works in three of Za'atari's 12 districts, supervising water and sanitation, refuse management and the cleaning and maintenance of wash blocks, we also co-ordinate hygiene promotion activities. In addition, together with UNICEF and other international actors, we are installing a water network in the camp, which will ensure refugees have safe access to water.

Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam, 6 September 2015


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