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  • UK charities launch emergency appeals to help affected families in Türkiye & Syria

    Created: 09/02/2023, Updated: 15/02/2023
    News/Events Category: General News

    Devastating earthquakes have affected families in Türkiye and Syria - thousands of people are missing and at least 41,000 are thought to be confirmed dead.

    The British Red CrossThe UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)  have launched emergency appeals to help fund urgent support for the response on the ground in Türkiye and Syria. 

    *IMPORTANT: One of the best ways to help in humanitarian crises is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it's needed, and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed. *

    The needs in a humanitarian crisis are constantly shifting, and donated goods are not usually the best solution. It can take a lot of resources to manage, sort, and dispose of unneeded items in countries which are providing emergency support. But if your community has already gathered items, and now find that you can’t distribute them as you had first intended, you may want to consider alternative ways to distribute the items so they are used in a positive way. Find out more about this on the Ready Scotland website. 

    Advice is available on Ready.Scot/Humanitarian to help people provide humanitarian support by making donations and volunteering in a safe and effective way

    This is also advice from UK Gov for anyone who needs help in the countries/concerned for relatives:

    • Anyone in Turkey and in need of urgent help should call +90 312 455 3344.
    • Anyone in the UK concerned about relatives or friends should call the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000

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