Posted on November 08, 2019

As the winter season approaches with its bitter cold, heavy rains and harsh snowfalls, Qatar Charity (QC) has called for early humanitarian intervention to support the refugees, the vulnerable and the poor in various countries.

The displaced and refugees in Syria, Iraq and Palestine, and the poor in other countries, where temperatures fall below zero degrees, go through further hardship during winter, the charity pointed out. “They face many problems such as damage to shelter tents, lack of heating facilities and fuel, shortage of winter clothes and blankets and scarcity of food, in addition to diseases associated with severe cold winter. Such situations might cause deaths or the spread of diseases, especially among children and the elderly,” QC said.

This situation demands early action by humanitarian institutions to extend the necessary support to the vulnerable to help them cope with the additional risks of the winter, it said. In this regard, QC, with the support of the people of Qatar, is keen to provide assistance annually to lessen the suffering of the vulnerable, and contribute to saving lives in countries most affected by the cold winter. It delivers food items, fuel, blankets and shelters to hundreds of thousands of people in need, QC added. During the last year’s winter, QC delivered assistance to more than 2.4 million people in need, including the poor, the displaced and refugees, as part of the ‘Below Zero’ campaign.

QC aid included comprehensive relief, food supply, shelter and non-food items, in addition to providing assistance in the fields of education and health. The aid worth QR51mn was distributed in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Nepal. The internally displaced people (IDPs) in Syria and Syrian refugees in the countries of asylum received the largest portion of the aid, followed by the needy in Palestine and Iraq, the organisation explained. As the winter got worse last year, QC launched the ‘Arsal Relief’ campaign to provide urgent assistance to those affected by snowstorms in the camps of Arsal and in other Lebanese regions at the cost of QR20mn.

QC was one of the first humanitarian organisations that managed to reach the affected camp of Arsal, which was hit by the Storm Norma, and distributed food and shelter. As part of the campaign, QC sent a relief team which visited nine Syrian refugee camps, in addition to the Arsal Medical Complex, where medicines were distributed to children and mobile clinics were provided to offer medical care to patients, the charity said.

source: Qatar Tribune