Refugee Crisis Appeal
Thousands have risked their lives in unsafe boats in a desperate bid to reach safer shores. Thousands more have already died.Please donate
The men, women and children who have fled conflict in Syria and beyond are in desperate need of shelter, food, water and medical care. Oxfam is there.
We are already at work in Italy, providing life-saving support to those who have been saved from the waters of the Mediterranean. And we’re continuing our work in Syria and surrounding areas where 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, and over 4 million have fled to neighbouring countries.
Please give what you can today.
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Samira is living with 12 other members of her family in a one room shelter. Half of the wall is made from cardboard and plastic sheeting. There is hardly any heating and the floor is wet.
“I cannot get any sort of sleep at night. I just can’t stop thinking about how to feed my children and how to protect them.
Sometimes I try to sell things that I have in order to get some money for food for the children.”
Samira decided to come to Lebanon because of the fighting in Syria. Despite trying to live a peaceful life, the shelling and shooting was happening right outside her home.
“It has been eight months since I left my home, I have no idea what happened to it - we just had to leave it behind to escape because of the fighting.
At first I was very reluctant to move to Lebanon, I changed my mind a lot but finally I decided to come here.
We couldn’t get any food anymore, we couldn’t live our lives, we lost our jobs and we worried that we couldn’t stay alive.”
What we're doing
In Europe, saving lives is our first priority and we are at work in Italy providing life-saving support and supplies to refugees who have been saved from the Mediterranean there. We are also calling on world leaders to secure an immediate and lasting political solution to the conflict, and on Europe to develop a humane policy which guarantees the safety of those forced to risk their lives in the Mediterranean.
Oxfam Italy has been working with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees since 1998. From 2011, when the Italian government declared a state of emergency due to the massive influx of people coming to the Italian shores, Oxfam Italy’s assistance has focused on:
• Housing; Provision of food, clothes, shoes, personal hygiene kits; Legal assistance and registration; Access to health and social services; Psychological support; Language and vocational training; and Leisure activities and voluntary work.
Currently Oxfam Italy works in two regions: Tuscany where 450 asylum seekers have been supported and Sicily where plans for assisting 1,700 (700 of which children) are under way.
In 2014, Oxfam reached nearly half a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves in winter and vouchers for hygiene supplies in summer. Our emergency care is focused on four key areas.
From our blog
“What’s with the shovels?” It was late October and I was standing in the baking heat, surrounded by the makeshift tents that Syrian refugees must call home for now on a dusty stretch of land in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
“It’s for the snow,” my Oxfam colleague Mohammed replied, as he distributed water filters with one arm and the shovels with the other. “They’ll need to clear it away from the tents in a few weeks’ time.”
It is nearly 5 years since the start of the conflict in Syria, and an unprecedented human tragedy continues to unfold on an unimaginable scale. Hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping the ongoing conflict in Syria face another winter of dreadful conditions in Lebanon and Jordan.
Ireland can and must help. Irish people, the people who are donating to Oxfam Ireland and signing our petition, want to see an end to this unnecessary and yet preventable human suffering. They don’t want what’s happening now – in the Mediterranean shores, across Europe, in Syria or beyond. This is not in their name. This is not in my name.