Syria | Teenage boy recovers from broken leg after earthquakes
Anja, 15, was injured during the earthquake that struck Turkiye and Syria in early February. He is being treated by a medical team in one of Humanity & Inclusion’s 13 partner hospitals in northwest Syria.Read more
Syria | Psychological first aid critical after traumatic earthquakes
More than 50 mental health and psychosocial support specialists—from HI and local partners—are offering care to survivors of the February 6 earthquake. Mehdi Firouzi, who supervises the psychosocial teams in Syria, explains the benefits of psychological first aid after a tragedy of this magnitude.Read more
Syria | Earthquakes may have moved explosive weapons contamination
Hundreds of thousands of explosive ordnances contaminate many parts of Syria, particularly the northwest of the country where conflict continues. Gary Toombs, Humanity & Inclusion’s global land release technical operations manager, explains how the February earthquakes “significantly aggravated an already desperate situation.”Read more
Syria | Trapped under rubble for 30 hours, Rema recovers from emergency amputation
Rema, 13, lost her leg after being trapped for 30 hours under the debris of her apartment building. From her room in one of Humanity & Inclusion’s 13 partner hospitals in northwest Syria, Rema shares her story of surviving the February earthquakes.Read more
Syria | Emergency teams work seven days a week
Anis manages a 22-member team of physical therapists and psychosocial support experts for Humanity & Inclusion in North Syria. He describes the response provided by HI.Read more
Syria | HI teams provide rehabilitation care to earthquake survivors
Humanity & Inclusion and its partners responding to the earthquakes in northwest Syria are working in four key areas: health, protection, armed violence reduction and logistics services.Read more
Syria | Explosive contamination poses additional risk for earthquake survivors
After 12 years of conflict, Syria is heavily contaminated with landmines, bomb remnants, and improvised explosives that litter every part of the country, particularly the northwest. Musab, a risk education specialist for Humanity & Inclusion explains the effect this contamination could have on survivors of the Feb. 6 earthquake.Read more
Syria | 35 organizations demand unfettered access, massive scale-up of humanitarian response
Humanity & Inclusion joins other international and local NGOs working in Syria in calling for an urgent scale-up in support and for immediate action to be taken to secure humanitarian assistance to the populations affected by the Feb. 6 earthquake. The humanitarian response must match the scale of the disaster.
As Turkiye and Syria mark one week since the seismic earthquake—because no additional equipment and capacity were sent to northwest Syria—the local rescue teams could only search 5% of the affected areas. The potential survivors trapped under the rubble of the other 95% were not rescued in time. The international community failed the Syrian people by not reacting fast enough and not supporting the search and rescue teams.
Conscious that this tragedy has impacted the whole humanitarian response, we express our deep admiration and support to the humanitarian organizations, volunteers and all humanitarian workers on the ground who are shouldering the response while being affected themselves.
The UN estimates that more than 6,500 have been killed and 10,000 people injured in all areas of Syria. Millions lost their home and are experiencing new displacement after 12 years of war and trauma. These numbers are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Lack of support through resources and equipment to the rescue teams in the affected areas has led to the loss of many lives.
NGOs are extremely concerned that the current level of response reaching the affected areas of Syria is nowhere near what is needed in face of the devastation. Seven days into the crisis, NGOs reiterate that a significant scale-up of efforts is needed to ensure unimpeded access to all affected areas of Syria through all means possible to save lives and reduce suffering.
We want the international community to understand—the suffering of Syrians across the region, and their constantly worsening needs over the last 12 years of this protracted crisis have not gone away. The earthquake has brought new suffering, increased the number of people in need, exacerbated existing needs, and hampered the ongoing response. We see new unaccompanied children, and collective shelters and existing camps are now full of people with no food, no water, no blankets, no heating options. What is needed is more assistance, more access, and more funding. Redirecting existing resources and funding from other parts of Syria is NOT the solution. That will only pit communities against each other, create more competition over inadequate funding, increase gaps in overall response, and undo vital progress made. We need immediate flexible new funding to reach the humanitarian community as fast as possible.
NGOs call for the international community to stay above politics, put humanitarian principles at the center and move forward with an urgent and immediate scale-up of humanitarian support to relieve the suffering of the affected populations and support those helping them.
Syria | After earthquakes, 60% of patients without mobility devices
Sami* manages a hospital rehabilitation team in the Idlib region of Syria. He describes serious injuries and a lack of mobility equipment after the Feb. 6 earthquakes.Read more
Syria | With amputations and complex injuries, doctors see need for long-term rehabilitation
Amir* is the director of an orthopedic and reconstruction hospital—a local partner of Humanity & Inclusion—in northern Syria.
In the first three days following the powerful earthquakes, they received 680 injured patients. All of them will need rehabilitation care.Read more