Syrian families often do not have basic necessities, such as food, shelter and medical care. Children cannot go to school. The Syrian war is being fought in towns and on the streets, in the air and land. There is nowhere to run.
Since the start of the war, more than 465,000 Syrians have been killed, more than 1 million have been injured and 12,5 million — more than half the country’s population — have been forced to flee their homes. Of the 12,5 million displaced, more than 5.5 million have moved abroad. Those inside Syria continue to be massacred daily. From city to city, civilians who manage to survive flee to a less violent area. Many have fled to Idlib. We remember the refugees forced to leave their homes in Eastern Ghouta and head for Idlib. April 2019 has seen daily bombardment in South Idlib resulting in a catastrophe for three million caught in the crossfire in the besieged region of Idlib and parts of the neighbouring provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia. The army onslaught in the northwest over the past month marks the most intense escalation between the Syrian army and rebel forces. At least 20 health facilities have been hit by the escalation – 19 of which remain out of service.
Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and public infrastructure such as schools, markets and hospitals is a tragedy that the world has witnessed but failed to intervene. Hospitals have been specifically targeted leaving doctors to choose which patient to save due to a lack of medical equipment and the sheer influx of patients. Colours Of Hope, with your support, appeals to you to help us raise funds for medical equipment. We implore you to donate towards this campaign. Every life is precious.
Despite the brutality, the medics, rescue workers, parents, and entire communities refuse to give up. They have rebuilt hospitals time and time again, saved families from under the rubble of non-stop airstrikes, and opened schools and libraries underground.
“We can’t even give our patients clean blankets. They are forced to use blankets filled with the blood of other patients. They don’t have a choice. The cleaning lady can’t find the time to wash or dry the blood-stained blankets. Patients die smelling their own blood. They die because of the lack of sterilisation and cold. We are constantly receiving huge influxes of civilians injured due to the shelling and bombing, which puts us under extreme and constant pressure to address all of their needs at once.” Baraa is a 23-year-old nurse in Eastern Aleppo.
Many errors have been made because we are overloaded with patients and have a shortage of medical staff. There are situations where patients die while waiting on a major surgery because doctors are so busy attending to dozens of other patients who are also in desperate need of medical care. “We lose patients that could’ve been saved if we had seconds to spare” – Dr Shajul Islam
Dr Shajul Islam is an independent doctor trained in the UK and currently working in Syria, attending casualties and the injured. Dr Shajul Islam decided to come to Syria due to the shortage of doctors in Syria. He began going around hospitals in freed Syria looking for medical equipment that the hospitals needed. He has been working tirelessly to get medical aid into Syria via a registered charity organisation One Nation UK. Colours of Hope is committed to helping doctors like Dr Shajul Islam who are working tirelessly day and night, risking their lives to save the innocent civilians in Syria. YOUR DONATION COULD SAVE A LIFE.