Our neighboring countries forbid humanitarian aid, out of fear of political military repercussions; therefore assistance is in the form of cash only, in order to stay under the radar and out of danger. The NGO apologizes for the lack of transparency in this particular case, but this is a direct result of the fear that is dominating in the region right now due to Assad’s reign of terror.
Despite these difficulties, the organization has been sending ongoing missions to help the refugees in neighboring countries; however we have faced some significant challenges, primarily resistance from the host countries. Neighboring host countries all fear Assad’s wrath – political, diplomatic, economic and even military retaliation – and therefore are reluctant to publicly admit that they are absorbing Syrian escapees, so they only allow a limited amount humanitarian aid to be brought in and distributed. Not only then do volunteers have to hide from the host country, but they also must be cautious of Iranian and Syrian intelligence personnel who have infiltrated the host countries and disguise themselves as refugees. They bring information back to the Syrian government, including numbers and names, and also actively try to frighten and hurt the refugees. There have even been reports of infiltrators poisoning the water sources of the refugees. As a result, the Israeli NGO works with cash only: in order to buy the humanitarian aid locally, to stay under the radar, and protect the lives of volunteers and local contacts.
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So far we have delivered:
1. Food and equipment:
- 260 tons of sanitation items, including body soap, laundry soap, shampoo, dishwasher soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, toilet paper, and female sanitation kits
- 360 tons of vital refugee items, including insulating material, mattresses, blankets, iron sheets to build housing units, and water canteens
- 5,000 tons of food, including rice, oil, flour, lentils, pasta, sugar, salt, canned food
- 510,000 dry meals, which are each made to feed five people for one week
2. Post Trauma Relief
- Post trauma care, which includes the medical clowns we brought to meet with groups of sometimes 200 kids. The children who seem to be seriously struggling are then sent to have a session with both Arab and Jewish Israeli specialists.
- Providing training courses to women from the camps. There is also training for children. Israeli doctors spend 2.5 weeks with these women, who were selected because of their prior social activities in Syria (as nurses, social or community workers. )
3. Media Coverage: We want to broadcast the brutal and honest pictures from the crisis. Therefore we trained young boys ages 15-20 to use the equipment, take shots that the media will want to see, and teach them to remained untraceable, so they stay out of danger:
- 700 digital camera
- 5 satellite transmitters
4. Emergency Medical Aid:
- 90 tons of medications, including IV’s, saline, bandages, and disposable wound treatment, sewing kits for surgery, disinfectant liquid and ointment, and cotton pads
- 2 units of “field surgery tents,” which are as close to a sterile environment as possible to perform surgeries in
- 5 life saving surgeries were performed, including a heart surgery, eye surgery, and cleft palate surgeries
Previous Crisis Areas Our Organization Worked the Victims from the:
Tsunami : Sri Lanka, December 2004
Conflict : Darfur-Sudan, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Floods : Georgia-Chechnya, July 2005
Hurricane : “Katrina”, USA, August 2005
Earthquake : Pakistan-Kashmir, October 2005
Earthquake : India-Kashmir, October 2005
Earthquake : Indonesia-Jawa, May 2006
Cyclone : “Nargis”, Burma, May 2008
Conflict : Georgia-Russia, August 2008
Earthquake : Indonesia-Sumatrae, Sept. 2009
Some of the missions must remain confidential in order to protect team members and local contacts.