Exactly one year after Britain’s World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal for refugees from Syria and the region, it announced on Thursday that the campaign has helped over 17,500 refugees in Greece and Turkey.
The humanitarian agency said that since last September, it has provided 3,169 children with winter kits including coats and blankets for children living in freezing conditions in camps on the Turkish-Syrian border. Aid has also included 2,050 back-to-school kits for refugee children in Turkey, medical care for 4,837 people in Greece, and humanitarian essentials such as water, food and warm clothes for another 7,474 refugees in the same country.
Since the start of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed and some 11 million, half the country’s pre-war population, have fled their homes.
In total, World Jewish Relief’s Refugee Crisis Appeal has raised nearly £944,000 in a year, making it the organization’s second-largest ever appeal after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami appeal. The organization will continue to welcome donations, which will go toward the ongoing refugee projects in Greece and Turkey.
Paul Anticoni, World Jewish Relief’s chief executive, said: “One year ago, a photo of a three-year-old Syrian boy named Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach, shocked the world into action. Thanks to the British Jewish community’s outstanding generosity, over the past year, we’ve made a difference to 17,557 lives.”
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