Greater Manchester-based humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal UK recently marked six years of the conflict in Syria with an event staged in parliament. The gathering was held in the House of Lords’ River Room and it was co-hosted by the Council of Arab and British Understanding (Caabu), Labour Peer Lord Dubs, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, award-winning journalist and filmmaker Wa’ad al-Kateab and Human Appeal chief executive Othman Moqbel.
During the event, Human Appeal launched its report into the ongoing conflict in Syria, receiving support from all politicians and other attendees.
An important reminder
Caabu director and chair of the parliamentary event Chris Doyle said that it served as a reminder of why it is so important to make every effort to bring the conflict to an end and to achieve a political solution, and to ensure that aid is delivered to all those who need it.
Lord Dubs, who has personal experience of being a refugee having come to the UK from Czechoslovakia in the 1930s as a child, encouraged people to approach their councils and MPs to do more to help child refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict and other conflicts.
Crispin Blunt, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said that turning a blind eye to events in Syria is “simply not an option”.
Human Appeal is involved in a range of important projects in Syria. For example, it is supplying flour to bakeries across the north of the country. Through this initiative, it is providing around 200,000 people with bread each month. The charity pointed out that providing aid on this scale is a huge task and it requires the help of hundreds of people, from bakers to lorry drivers and factory operatives.
As well as supplying food, the organisation is running the Al-Imaan hospital in Aleppo, which provides paediatric, maternity and gynaecological healthcare services to 20,000 people every month.
Recently, Human Appeal called on governments around the world to do more to help the plight of Syrians. It said countries must come together to take a more principled approach to monitor war crimes and called for greater protection for aid workers. It also said more should be done to ensure Syrian children receive a proper education, adding that greater efforts need to be made to help refugees. It made its plea after welcoming an announcement of extra funding for humanitarian programmes in Syria.