Aid Groups Flee Syria

Crucial humanitarian aid could be cut off from hundreds of thousands of people in northern Syria after international aid workers fled the country amid Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish forces, The Independent reports.

International aid groups including Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières had been heading up demining operations, supporting hospitals, and distributing food and water. The withdrawal has left a massive burden on the local Kurdish Red Crescent, who only have about 1,000 staffers.

“We don’t have enough staff to man the hospitals, we lost a lot of clinics to shelling and bombing, we have 300,000 displaced people needing food, shelter, water and medical care,” said KRC’s Sherwan Berry.

For volunteers that remain, it’s all hands on deck, says UK volunteer Tania Brown.

“I'm not actually a medic. I'm a bike mechanic,” she told PRI.


 

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