The crisis in Syria has been described by British Foreign Secretary William Hague as being on course to be the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. The United Nations estimates that since the conflict began two years ago, at least 80,000 people have died while other organisations put the figure as high as 120,000.
Since the conflict began in 2011, the exodus of refugees to neighbouring countries has escalated. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR believes the number of people to have fled Syria to be in excess of 1.5 million. Nearly 500,000 are in Jordan and a similar number in Lebanon, while Turkey has opened its borders to 350,000, Iraq to 150,000 and Egypt to nearly 70,000. Inside Syria itself, the numbers who are suffering also continues to grow, with nearly a quarter of the country's 23 million population in need of humanitarian assistance.
There are two refugee camps in Jordan where the plight of Syria's displaced typifies the tragedy that is tearing their country apart. In Al Ramtha, there are about 2,000 families (14,000 people) and in Al Mafraq it's estimated there are at least 1,500 families (10,500 people). In addition to the refugee camps, thousands have sought shelter in shared accommodation with friends and family.
With the crisis showing no signs of abating and the numbers left homeless and seeking help continuing to increase, there is an urgent need for food supplies, non-food provisions, medicines and healthcare.
Islamic Help is working with other agencies in the Al Mafraq area to supply and distribute food packs to displaced families and to run a mobile clinic providing primary healthcare to families in need of help.
Your help is urgently needed to assist those who have fallen victim to the devastation in Syria. Please donate generously.
To help us raise funds for this humanitarian effort, you can donate by simply texting SYRA50 followed by the amount £5 or £10 or any other amount to 70070. The donation will be paid through your next phone bill with no extra charge.
Please share the text details with your family and friends and help us to reach those that need it.
£100 will provide a family of six with food for one month - the food pack consists of the following: