”Coping mechanism in a stage of collapse in Syria” OCHA reports

CENEVRE (CIHAN)- A United Nation’s (UN) humanitarian agency (OCHA) official has described how coping mechanisms inside Syria are “in a stage of collapse.”

Briefing journalists in Geneva on Friday, OCHA operations director John Ging said “we are at the limit of what we can do, our colleagues are putting their lives on the line, our colleagues are loosing their lives in this conflict and yes we cannot reach millions.”

Ging criticized the Syrian Government’s policy of removing medical supplies from humanitarian aid convoys. “That medical supplies are being removed from convoys as part job strategy to deny the wounded medical care – this is an abomination.”

At the same press conference, Amin Awad, the UNHCR director for the Middle East Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria said the number of Syrian refugees had now reached 3 million. “We have about 2.7 million refugees registered in surrounding countries and about 300 000 that are unregistered, bringing a total number of about 3 million refugees.”

More than 150,000 people are believed to have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Another nine million have fled their homes.

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SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of Operations, OCHA:
“The coping mechanisms inside Syria three years into this conflict are in a stage of collapse, as is every other element of the infrastructure of society.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Amin Awad, UNHCR, Director, Middle East Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria:
“We have about 2.7 million refugees registered in surrounding countries and about 300 000 that are unregistered, bringing a total number of about 3 million refugees. A part of these refugees, the 95 percent or 98 percent are in the five surrounding countries that is Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, the number of refugees coming out of Syria continues since the beginning of this year as predicted to stand at 100,000 refugees a month.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Elisabeth Hoff, WHO Representative, Damascus:
“Now it is just a conflict escalating and we are seeing more and more trauma cases, particularly the hospitals are filled up. Seventy percent of the hospitals are damaged, 50 percent are totally out of service, and for those that are still functioning they have power cuts, they are crowded with patients, and also with an increased number of car bombs.”

SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of Operations, OCHA: “We are becoming numb to the scale and the extent of the brutality of this conflict on ordinary people, so yes, we are at the limit of what we can do, our colleagues are putting their lives on the line, our colleagues are loosing their lives in this conflict and yes we cannot reach millions.”

SOUNDBITE (English) John Ging, Director of Operations, OCHA:
“One of the issues that we have to refocus is the attention is that medical supplies are being removed from convoys as part job strategy to deny the wounded medical care. This is an abomination, this is indescribably unacceptable in 2014. In terms of who are taking the medical supplies out of the convoys is the government of Syria who are not authorising the free movement of all the medical supplies that need to move or whose officials are removed from the convoys, the medical supplies that they feel could be use to treat the war wounded and again as I said this is totally unacceptable.”

SOURCE: CIHAN

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