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2023 earthquake in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: JRS MENA
On 6 February 2023, a powerful and deadly earthquake hit northwest Syria. The situation is critical and people need immediate assistance. CJI's partner, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – Syria is actively working on the ground to address the needs of those most affected in Aleppo, one of the most populous cities in Syria. Aleppo and its surrounding areas have been affected by two earthquakes (7.7 and 7.5) and hundreds of aftershocks.
JRS Syria staff are doing all they can to help with emergency services. Since 2008, JRS has provided humanitarian aid to millions of refugees displaced by the on-going Syrian armed conflict. This earthquake has exacerbated the living conditions of displaced Syrians who are already battling a harsh winter and dealing with a cholera outbreak.
About two million people have been affected by the earthquake in Aleppo alone, according to JRS. “While suffering less damage, 1.2 million people have also been affected in Homs.”
The needs are high for food, shelter, winter clothes, and other basic needs, as well as psychosocial support, said JRS. “Trauma and distress caused by the earthquake must be addressed rapidly to reduce harm.”
Please donate to Canadian Jesuits International to support JRS Syria as they help the people of Syria recover from this disaster.
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