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Assistance for Syrian refugees

August 5, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr at the Za’atri refugee camp on August 4, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia would increase its assistance for Syria, with a further $4 million for food, blankets and medical treatment for the more than 145,000 refugees now in camps in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon.

Speaking from the Za’atri refugee camp on the Syrian border, Senator Carr said Senator Carr said Syria’s humanitarian crisis had again escalated, with more than a million civilians homeless and more than 10,000 killed.

“This is a humanitarian disaster,” Senator Carr said.

“Australia has taken a lead in calling for a unified international response to end the bloodshed.

“And we’re also helping with medical supplies, food and shelter. This additional funding is a step forward in helping the thousands of Syrian civilians caught up in the struggle against the Assad regime.”

Senator Carr said the additional $4 million in aid would bring Australia’s total contribution to Syria to $20.5 million, making Australia the world’s fourth-largest national contributor to the refugee crisis.

The additional funds would provide food and shelter in the newly constructed refugee camps, as well as basic health checks and medical care.

It builds on existing Australian assistance of food and health care for nearly 500,000 people, delivery of water and sanitation services and the medical evacuation of 500 seriously wounded civilians to Lebanon.

Senator Carr said the refugee crisis was also placing severe burdens on water, food and medical services in Jordan.

Jordan is one of the tenth poorest countries in the world in terms of water supplies.

Senator Carr said he urged the international community to renew its efforts to assist Jordan and neighbouring countries in providing basic food and health care for Syrian refugees.

  1. thea, me again permalink
    August 5, 2012 10:35 pm

    And could humanitarian aid also include non-monetary assistance in the form of permission for those who have family here in Australia, who would more than happily pay for their Syrian relatives to come and support them while here but do not necessarily have permanent residency eg working visas, to bring their immediate family here to safety, running water and electricity until safe to return to their homes rather than having to face continuing distress of their families in dustbowl refugee camps?

  2. August 5, 2012 11:39 pm

    Thank you Foreign Minister Carr for ensuring that the plight of refugees is keep uppermost in the minds (and social media) of the international community.

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