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Cornish charity provides aid for evacuated families in Syria

Cornish charity provides aid for evacuated families in Syria

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:07pm 15th October 2019.

A Cornwall-based disaster relief charity is supporting evacuated families caught up in military action in Syria.

ShelterBox, which is based in Truro, has been providing aid for those fleeing airstrikes in the north east of the country.

Turkey's military incursion in Syria entered its seventh day on Tuesday, with reports of heavy bombardment of Syrian Kurdish positions near a town in northeast Syria.

Turkey's operation aims to remove Syrian Kurdish forces - which Ankara regards as terrorists and links to a decades-old insurgency in the country - from its border.

Syrians who were already living away from home in a displacement camp were forced to evacuate once again.

ShelterBox's thermally lined tents provided for families at the new camp are designed to help them face the harsh Syrian winter. They include sleeping mats and adaptations to safely accommodate a stove.

Bahar Syria - ShelterBox

"Latest figures show that 160,000 people are now being forced to move because of the conflict in north east Syria, and that number is expected to rise.

"These are families just like ours whose lives have been thrown upside down, targeted where they should feel safe. When people are caught up in the fighting, they're left with very few options amidst the chaos.

"We're working with trusted partners in Syria who have the local understanding and experience to get the right aid to where it will help most. It was reassuring to hear from them that our tents are already providing much-needed shelter and privacy for families uprooted once again.

"We're grateful to everyone who's responded to our urgent appeal so far. Your support means we can help more families affected by this conflict, both now and in the future."

Jack Bailey, a ShelterBox Operations Coordinator who is working on the Syria response

More than 250,000 people affected by the Syrian conflict have already received ShelterBox aid, since the charity first responded to the crisis in December 2012.

This makes it the largest and most sustained response in the charity's 19-year history.

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