DRC on emergency standby in Turkey

More than 25,000 Syrians have been fleeing Aleppo the last days. Some of them are stranded at the Turkey border. While some aid is provided in the other side of the border, the Danish Refugee Council is standby and ready to support and assist new comers in Turkey.

People are fleeing fierce fighting in Aleppo and with potential greater movement in the time to come, more than 25,000 refugees and displaced reached to the Kilis border in the past week and more IDP’s are currently moving towards the border. The last days, 6000 Syrians has entered in Hatay Province to flee the insecurity in Latakia. As DRC is collaborating with authorities and local organization to provide support to new comers in Yalyadag – Hatay, in Kilis DRC is standby and ready to act, to distribute emergency assistance, if needed.

“In Hatay, we are organizing an emergency training on Tuesday for our staff and 16 volunteers, and when the border to Kilis will be opened, DRC can deploy 30 staff member, 40 volunteers and can assist 750 refugees per day for newcomers kits and 1500 individuals for E-cards. People who are crossing need a place to sleep, warm clothes, food and water and other basic commodities,” says Martine Villeneuve, DRC Country Director in Turkey.

DRC are present several places along the border; and some places the border has been open.

“During the weekend, more than 6,000 individuals were allowed to cross the border into Yayladagi and the needs are immense. Some of the refugees has been brought to camps nearby, and we are planning to provide hygiene kits, blankets and mattresses to around 2,000 individuals in Yayladagi Town – and later distribute E-cards or vouchers which can be used in selected shops for purchasing food and other necessary commodities to the most vulnerable families,” says Martine Villeneuve.

It is still uncertain what will happen in the time to come, but DRC is prepared to a greater influx and will continue to closely monitor the situation at the various border crossings.

The Danish Refugee Council has been working in Turkey since the beginning of 2013 assisting mainly Syrian refugees with various protection interventions, among these community centres, capacity building of local organizations and mine risk education. The DRC has been operational in Syria since 2007 and is committed to responding to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees using a multi-sectorial approach throughout its emergency response and humanitarian programming. The DRC began operations in Middle East in 2003, and now operates in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq assisting over 1.5 million displacement affected people each year.