Oxfam International Blogs - Ghouta http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/tags/ghouta es In Syria, delivering water - and hope - in a 'time of great need' http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81457 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em><strong>Seven years after the Syria crisis began, families are struggling to access necessities, like water, food, and medicine. Through your support, we're delivering clean water to Hani and his family, and thousands more who fled the violence in East Ghouta.</strong></em></p><p>Last week marked <strong><a href="https://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/seven-years-timeline-syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">seven years of brutal conflict in Syria</a></strong>. More than 12 million Syrians have fled their homes and are living as refugees in their own or neighboring countries—the majority in dire poverty.</p><p>Hani,* 16, and his family are among them. <strong><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/18-02-23-syria-civilians-urgent-need-violence-escalates-ghouta">Escalating violence</a></strong> forced them from East Ghouta, Syria, in 2013 to a community south of Damascus called Herjalleh. With no income, they couldn’t afford to rent an apartment. They had no choice but to set up a tent in this community of 30,000—nearly half of whom come from elsewhere in Syria.</p><p>Five years later, they are still living in a tent, but Hani is grateful for what shelter he has. ‘’Somehow, we got used to this tent,” he says. “At least there are no sounds of bombardment to keep me and my brothers awake all night.”</p><p><img alt="A member of the Oxfam team checks the water quality of a fountain, that some families in Herjalleh walk to, in order to fetch water. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" title="A member of the Oxfam team checks the water quality of a fountain, that some families in Herjalleh walk to, in order to fetch water. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" height="827" width="1240" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ogb_111561-oxfam-checking-water-1240-credit.jpg" /></p><p><em>A member of the Oxfam team checks the water quality of a fountain, that some families in Herjalleh walk to, in order to fetch water. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam</em></p><h3>Water is costly</h3><p>The rapid increase in Herjalleh’s population has strained local resources, including its water network. The only way for families like Hani’s to get enough clean water consistently is to pay for it, but the cost is prohibitive—the equivalent of $12 a month, when the average income across rural Damascus is $100 a month.</p><p>So they must use public water fountains, and the nearest one is a 20-minute walk for Hani and his younger brothers along a busy highway. Hani’s mother is afraid her children will be hit by a car on one of their daily trips.</p><p><img alt="An Oxfam volunteer monitors the trucked water before it is pumped to the main water reservoir in Herjalleh, outside of Damascus, Syria. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" title="An Oxfam volunteer monitors the trucked water before it is pumped to the main water reservoir in Herjalleh, outside of Damascus, Syria. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" height="701" width="1240" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="3" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ogb_111562_water-truck-1240-credit.jpg" /></p><p><em>An Oxfam volunteer monitors the trucked water before it is pumped to the main water reservoir in Herjalleh, outside of Damascus, Syria. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam</em></p><h3>Oxfam is there</h3><p>Recognizing that Herjalleh’s water supply couldn’t meet the needs of the growing population, Oxfam began trucking water to shelters in the community.</p><p>Between December 2017 and February 2018, we provided 66,043 gallons of clean, safe drinking water to over 2,000 families. This is part of our long-term strategy to provide aid for those in Syria as well as refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.</p><p>Now Hani and his siblings are no longer putting themselves at risk when they collect water.<br><br>“My little children used to walk every day, back and forth to fetch water, but now we have been filling water directly from Oxfam water trucks,” says Hani’s mother. “We hope the water shortage here is solved soon—this water came at a time of great need."</p><p><img alt="Wael* and Husam* return from their daily journey to collect drinking water for their family from a nearby water fountain, Herjalleh, Rural Damascus. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" title="Wael* and Husam* return from their daily journey to collect drinking water for their family from a nearby water fountain, Herjalleh, Rural Damascus. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam" height="827" width="1240" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="2" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/ogb_111560_boys-water-1240-credit.jpg" /></p><p><em>Wael* and Husam* return from their daily journey to collect drinking water for their family from a nearby water fountain, Herjalleh, Rural Damascus. Photo: Dania Kareh/Oxfam</em></p><p>Over the past year, through the support of people like you, <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">we have helped more than 2 million people</a></strong> in Syria and in host communities. That includes providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and vital food aid, as well as helping refugees make a living.</p><p><em>*Names changed to protect identities.</em></p><p><em>This entry posted by <em>Shaheen Chughtai (<a rel="nofollow" href="https://twitter.com/ShaheenX">@ShaheenX</a>), Head of Campaigns, Policy &amp; Communications, Oxfam Syria Crisis Response, on 27 March 2018.</em><br></em></p><p><em>Top photo: Hani*, 16, and his siblings outside their family’s tent in a community for displaced people in Herjalleh, Syria. Credit: Dania Kareh/Oxfam</em></p><h3>What you can do now</h3><ul><li><strong>Read the blog: <a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/18-03-15-syria-crisis-seven-years-how-can-we-go-back-syria-no-longer-exists">Syria crisis seven years on: How can we go back to a Syria that no longer exists?</a></strong></li><li><strong>Support <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's humanitarian work in Syria and in neigboring host communities</a></strong></li></ul><p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>In Syria, delivering water - and hope - in a &#039;time of great need&#039;</h2></div> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:14:07 +0000 Shaheen Chughtai 81457 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81457#comments Syria crisis seven years on: How can we go back to a Syria that no longer exists? http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81439 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Seven long years after the Syria crisis began, the situation remains bleak. Individual children, women and men continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by enormous human suffering, relentless destruction and a blatant disregard for human rights.</p><p>The harrowing news from Eastern Ghouta – the scene of intensified fighting in Syria’s brutal conflict – has pushed the war <a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/18-02-23-syria-civilians-urgent-need-violence-escalates-ghouta">into the headlines again</a>. Recent fighting in other areas, including Afrin, Idlib and Deir Ez-Zor continues to claim lives and leave families in desperate need of aid. During this protracted crisis, the broken lives of Syria’s women, men and children have too often been ignored.</p><p>While making a film about Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan for Oxfam, I was truly humbled by the courage and resilience of the people I met. However, many are only just surviving amid harsh conditions.</p><p>One mother from Homs, Jawaher, told me: “Our houses are gone, how can I go back to something which doesn’t exist anymore?” Their homes in Syrian cities and towns continue to be pummelled into rubble, or are now occupied by strangers.</p><p><strong>After seven years of conflict, the statistics are horrifying:</strong> At least 400,000 Syrians have been killed and over 13 million are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, including nearly 400,000 people trapped in besieged areas such as Eastern Ghouta. More than half of the population – nearly 12 million people – have fled from their homes, many of them several times. More than 5.6 million refugees are living in neighbouring countries, the majority in extreme poverty.</p><p><img alt="Syria 7 years of conflict" title="Syria 7 years of conflict" height="1081" width="1080" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/sharegraphic-maryam-stats-final.jpg" /></p><p>Jawaher, the refugee in Jordan who I interviewed for the film, told me her son had returned recently to Syria. From Idlib, he sends her text messages telling her the situation “is bad, very bad”. He has no heating despite the low temperatures and no aid has reached him yet. Aid agencies say they still cannot reach many people who need help.</p><p>Some aid does get through despite the challenges. Over the last year, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Oxfam has helped</a> an estimated two million people in Syria as well as refugees and the communities in which they are sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon.&nbsp; This has included providing safe drinking water, sanitation and vital food aid as well as helping refugees make a living.</p><p>Being a Syrian refugee is difficult, even if you manage to escape from Syria. Everyone who lives in the Jordanian capital, Amman, knows only too well about its high cost of living. Imagine being a Syrian refugee who needs to live, to eat, and to care for their children there. Despite efforts by the Jordanian authorities, many refugees – as well as members of the overstretched communities hosting them – are still unable to find work and rely on limited aid. This means the reality for many Syrian refugees, particularly the women in the region, is a life without meaningful work. What a terrible waste of talent.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3o9kQo_tmk" rel="nofollow">One Syrian young refugee in Za’atari told us</a> she is creating her own luck, developing her writing skills as a reporter for a magazine on the camp. Now 20, Abeer hopes she will return to Syria one day and she has made it her goal to give something back to her country because of the way ‘it has suffered and sacrificed’. She longs to write a story of Syrians rebuilding their country and starting over again. But how much longer will this conflict continue and at what cost?</p><p>The international community has provided billions of dollars and euros in aid to the region in recent years. That welcome aid has helped to keep millions of Syrian refugees alive and alleviated their suffering – but it has not kept pace with the sheer scale of human need.</p><p>The continued violence, bloodshed and suffering in Syria represents a catastrophic failure by the international community. Attempts to reduce civilian loss of life and provide humanitarian aid to people trapped by the fighting have been repeatedly undermined by military operations.</p><p>Time is long overdue for world leaders to do more to protect and assist civilians and prioritise a political solution to the conflict. The people of Syria deserve no less.</p><p><em>This entry posted by Shaheen Chughtai (<a href="https://twitter.com/ShaheenX" rel="nofollow">@ShaheenX</a>), Head of Campaigns, Policy &amp; Communications, Oxfam Syria Crisis Response, on 15 March 2018.</em></p><p><em>Photo: Aleppo, Syria. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam</em></p><p><strong>Learn more about <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/syria-crisis" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's humanitarian work in the Syria Crisis</a>.</strong></p><p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syria crisis seven years on: How can we go back to a Syria that no longer exists?</h2></div> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:12:47 +0000 Shaheen Chughtai 81439 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81439#comments Syrie : escalade des violences dans la Ghouta, les populations civiles ont besoin d’une aide urgente http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81423 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Depuis mon bureau à Damas, je peux entendre, nuit et jour, le grondement des explosions à l’est de la capitale.&nbsp;À chaque tir de mortier dirigé vers la ville, nous nous demandons avec anxiété où les obus atterrissent. Un nuage de fumée noire s’élève au loin dans le ciel de la Ghouta orientale. Pour les personnes qui vivent et travaillent ici, à Damas, c’est notre quotidien.</p><h3>Déluge de feu sur les civils</h3><p>Aujourd’hui, les reportages télévisés et la presse internationale dressent le portrait douloureux de la Ghouta orientale. Je me souviens encore de l’époque où la Ghouta était le berceau d’une multitude d’usines syriennes, fières. Désormais, nous assistons au spectacle bouleversant de civils pris en étau dans les combats, dont des mères et leurs enfants terrorisés. Le nombre exact de morts reste difficile à déterminer, mais certains rapports font état de plus de 500 pertes civiles dans la Ghouta orientale depuis le début de l’intensification des frappes le 19 février dernier.</p><p>À Damas également, l’augmentation des tirs de mortier menacent les populations civiles. Au cours de la semaine dernière, des dizaines de Syrien.ne.s ont été tué.e.s, laissant des familles déchirées.</p><p>En tant que résident à Damas, je témoigne du retour de la terreur, nous rappelant les prémices du conflit. J’entends les pleurs des enfants se mêler au fracas des obus et des mortiers. Bien que la zone à l’est de la capitale soit la plus exposée au danger, des attaques ont également visé la capitale-même.</p><h3>L’urgence d’un couloir humanitaire</h3><p>Les populations civiles de la Ghouta orientale ont aujourd’hui un accès extrêmement restreint aux produits de bases. Le peu disponible coûte un prix exorbitant – hors de portée de la majeure partie des familles. L’ONU fait état d’un taux de malnutrition très élevé chez les enfants et alerte quant aux terribles difficultés auxquelles sont confrontés les bébés, les femmes enceintes et allaitantes et les personnes âgées.</p><p>Les organisations humanitaires n’ont eu qu’un accès virtuel à la Ghouta orientale, malgré l’évidence de l’urgence critique. Le 14 février, le premier convoi humanitaire de l’ONU autorisé depuis novembre 2017 a pu approvisionner à peine plus de 7 000 personnes. C’est une infime goutte d’eau dans l’océan de cette catastrophe, où près de 300 000 hommes, femmes et enfants ont désespérément besoin d’eau, de nourriture et d’une assistance médicale.</p><h3>Nous devons agir</h3><p>Le week-end dernier, le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU a voté une résolution appelant à une trêve en Syrie et à l’acheminement immédiate de l’aide humanitaire indispensable. Les pressions sont grandissantes pour entraver cette mise en œuvre. Ces derniers jours, le ciel s’est légèrement éclairci. Nous espérons que cette accalmie ne sera pas passagère et que l’aide vitale pourra être acheminée vers celles et ceux qui en ont besoin.</p><p>La Ghouta orientale est, de façon absurde , l’une de ces zones dites « de désescalade », définie en vertu de l’accord signé en mai 2017, à Astana, par l’Iran, la Russie et la Turquie. Cet accord engage toutes les parties à mettre fin rapidement aux violences et à améliorer la situation et l’accès humanitaire.</p><p>Les signataires de cet accord et l’ensemble des parties prenantes doivent aujourd’hui faire de ces engagements une réalité.</p><p><em>Alors que le conflit en Syrie ne montre aucun signe d’apaisement, des centaines de milliers de personnes se trouvent dans une situation critique et sont exposées à une violence continue. Sur une population de 22 millions d'habitants, la moitié a fui les zones de combat et plus de 13,5 millions ont urgemment besoin d’aide.</em></p><p><em>En Syrie, en Jordanie et au Liban, les équipes Oxfam portent assistance à <strong>plus de 2 millions de personnes</strong>, en leur fournissant de l'eau potable, des installations sanitaires et en apportant un soutien vital aux familles qui ont tout perdu.</em></p><p><strong>Appuyez la&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oxfam.org/fr/urgences/crise-en-syrie" rel="nofollow">réponse humanitaire d'Oxfam en Syrie</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syrie : escalade des violences dans la Ghouta, les populations civiles ont besoin d’une aide urgente</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/18-02-23-syria-civilians-urgent-need-violence-escalates-ghouta" title="Syria: Civilians in urgent need as violence escalates in Ghouta" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:35:48 +0000 Moutaz Adham 81423 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81423#comments Syria: Civilians in urgent need as violence escalates in Ghouta http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81417 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>From my desk in Damascus, I can hear the rumbling explosions day and night to the east of the capital. Black smoke billows into the skies over Eastern Ghouta. In Damascus itself, we can hear incoming mortar fire and wonder anxiously where the shells have landed. For people living and working here in Damascus, this is all part of our daily routine.</p><h3>Civilians are under fire</h3><p>Today, TV reports and international <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/eastern-ghouta-syria-siege-civilian-death-toll-high-assad-latest-a8221521.html" rel="nofollow">newspapers</a> are filled yet again with stories depicting the harrowing situation in Eastern Ghouta. I remember when Eastern Ghouta was home to several proud, Syrian industries.&nbsp; Now we are faced with heart-breaking images of civilians caught in the fighting, including mothers and their terrified children. The exact death toll is difficult to estimate, but reports suggest the lives of over 500 civilians in Eastern Ghouta have been lost since 19th February when fighting intensified.</p><p>In Damascus, too, increased mortar attacks have put civilians in the firing line. Over the course of the last week, dozens have been killed, leaving families torn apart.</p><p>As a resident of Damascus, living here is a terrifying experience once again, as it was at the beginning of the conflict. I can hear children crying as they listen to the thunderous shelling and mortars.&nbsp; While east of the capital is most at risk, there have been attacks across the city of Damascus itself.&nbsp;</p><h3>Humanitarian access is urgent</h3><p>People living in Eastern Ghouta have extremely limited access to the basics.&nbsp; Whatever is available is extremely costly - well out of the reach of most families living there.&nbsp; The UN is reporting high levels of child malnutrition and the challenges facing infants, expecting and breastfeeding mothers, and the elderly are especially severe.</p><p>Aid agencies have been allowed virtually no access to Eastern Ghouta, despite the clear need for emergency relief. On 14th February, the first UN convoy since November 2017 was permitted to enter the area with supplies for <a href="https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/AAZ%20Statement%20Nashabieh%20English%2016.2.2018.pdf" rel="nofollow">just over 7,000 people.</a> This amount of aid is a drop in the ocean in this catastrophe, with nearly 300,000 children, women and men in the area in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies.</p><h3>Action is needed</h3><p>Last weekend, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a cessation in fighting across Syria, and increased humanitarian aid. Pressure to implement it is mounting. The skies have been slightly quieter lately, and we hope that this can be sustained, and that we can get life-saving aid to those who need it.</p><p>Unbelievably, Eastern Ghouta is one of the so-called ‘de-escalation’ areas agreed by Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astana last May.&nbsp; The agreement commits all sides to a reduction in fighting and unhindered access for aid.</p><p>All signatories of the agreement and all parties to the conflict need to make this a reality.</p><p><em>This entry posted by Moutaz Adham, Oxfam's Country Director, Syria, on 23 February 2018.</em></p><p><em>With no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, hundreds of thousands of people are living in desperate conditions and exposed to continuing violence. Today, half the pre-conflict population of 22 million Syrians have fled their homes and more than 13.5 million people urgently need your help.</em></p><p><em>In Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, we are helping more than 2 million people with life-saving clean water, sanitation, and vital support for families who have lost everything.</em></p><p><strong>Please support <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/crisis-syria" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's humanitarian response to the Syria Crisis</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Syria: Civilians in urgent need as violence escalates in Ghouta</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/18-03-02-syrie-escalade-des-violences-dans-la-ghouta-les-populations-civiles-ont-besoin-d%E2%80%99une" title="Syrie : escalade des violences dans la Ghouta, les populations civiles ont besoin d’une aide urgente" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:52:28 +0000 Moutaz Adham 81417 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/node/81417#comments