QRC and Turk Kizilay officials signing the agreement.
DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) will distribute winter relief materials worth $10m among Syrian refugees.
QRC has signed cooperation protocols and agreements with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Relief Agency (AFAD) and Turk Kizilay (Turkish Red Crescent) to facilitate the delivery of the aid.
Due to the increasing number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Turkey under critical weather conditions, it was agreed that QRC will provide in-kind contributions that includes: 7,000 highly-durable family tents and 315,000 high thermal blankets for Syrians who fled Syria to seek protection in Turkey.
This support comes in line with directives of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to mobilise relief efforts to Syrian families facing difficult circumstances and harsh cold, and in solidarity with Turkey’s efforts in providing relief services to the Syrians.
“We highly value this generous initiative of the State of Qatar and its continued support for humanitarian acts which comes in response to the urgent needs of the refugees,” QRC’s Secretary General Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi said.
“The Qatari grant comes with total amount of $30m for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey,” he added.
Al Mohannadi also stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination with UNHCR, which is a continuation to the latest successful cooperation with UNHCR in Lebanon. He also expressed his deep appreciation for the positive cooperation from the AFAD.
Reminding that half of the Syrian population in Turkey are children, AFAD President Oktay revealed that women and children make up around 75 percent of Syrians who have sought refuge in Turkey. “This is the primary goal of our cooperation with QRC: to provide a helping hand to Syrian refugees,” Oktay said.
UNHCR has highlighted the increasing number of refugees in the region as well as the on-going harsh winter conditions calling upon the international community to step up their assistance and share the responsibility to address the deepening needs of the Syrian refugees in the region.
“UNHCR is very grateful to the State of Qatar for this important and timely humanitarian initiative which will also reach over 700,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey today” said UNHCR Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor.
Meanwhile, QRC’s representative Rashid Al Mohannadi signed a memorandum of understanding with Turk Kizilay’s Secretary-General. The memorandum will involve the exchanging of advice to achieve common goals, in addition to the organisation and implementation of joint training programmes, particularly those in the field of international humanitarian law.
An earlier collaboration between UNHCR and QRC involved identifying the needs of Syrian families in Lebanon during the winter period and providing them with suitable materials including 24,000 heaters, 120, 000 blankets, 12, 000 mattresses, 120, 000 medical kits, and 48, 000 tarpaulin sheets in accordance with the UN standards, in addition to 12,000,000 litres of heating oil for 58,000 Syrian families.
QRC is also working to provide relief conflict-affected civilians in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan, through programs for providing health care; water and sanitation; nutrition; shelter and winterisation programmes.