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23.04.2018 | Press Release

Syria: The situation could escalate dramatically in the province of Idlib

In the run-up to the EU donor conference on Syria, Welthungerhilfe warns that there could be a humanitarian disaster in the province of Idlib.

A mother and her child escape the destruction in the Syrian town of Douma in the district of Damascus (2015)
A mother and her child escape the destruction in the Syrian town of Douma in the district of Damascus (2015) © Mohammed Khair / picture alliance / AA
Simone Pott Team Communications

Bonn, 23/04/2018. In the run-up to the European Union donor conference on Syria starting in Brussels tomorrow, Welthungerhilfe warns that there could be a humanitarian disaster in the province of Idlib. About 2 million people live in the last rebel-controlled province in the north west of the country. Armed resistance fighters and their families from other conquered parts of the country have been brought there. Over recent months, hundreds of thousands of people from former rebel areas have fled there, after these areas came back under Syrian government control.

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“We are very worried about the situation in the province of Idlib, where up to 700,000 people could be affected by the impending fighting. Without a political solution they may be trapped. The donor conference is important for raising money to take care of people, but it is also an indication of the political helplessness of the international community. No lasting peace can be achieved through military means”, stresses Bärbel Dieckmann, President of Welthungerhilfe.

More information about Welthungerhilfe's work in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon.

Welthungerhilfe has been working in affected areas of Idlib since 2013, providing food to protect people from hunger, and distributing heating fuel in the cold winter months. It has also worked with local partners to restore the water supply in many areas, and repaired local bakeries, to guarantee the daily supply of bread. 

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since it was founded in 1962, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the principle of help for self-help: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

Refugees in the south of the province of Idlib, Syria © People in Need
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The humanitarian situation in the north of Syria is devastating. Many families are displaced for the third or fourth time. © White Helmets
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In a camp for refugees in Idlib, Syria © Hand in Hand for Syria
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Children in a camp for refugees © Hand in Hand for Syria
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Last Update 23.04.2018

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