Syria’s desperate refugees will benefit from a special collection at All Saint’s Church Berkhamsted which raised £1900 for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s recent appeal.
Money raised by the appeal will be channelled through member organizations such as Christian Aid and Oxfam which is continuing its own appeal.
Oxfam’s expertise in water supply and sanitation is being stretched to the limit by the flood of people fleeing into neighbouring countries, as many as 5000 a day flooding across the borders into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The vast Za’atari Refugee Camp in Lebanon now has 140,000 inhabitants, double the number it was set up to hold. Oxfam is employing refugees to build latrine blocks and erect water tanks.
It is also providing cash for food and rent to people who have gone to live in host communities but cannot earn money to pay for essentials.
Oxfam is trying to help 120,000 people but with 1.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries and a further estimated four million displaced within Syria itself providing for the equivalent of the population of Scotland is a formidable task.