By David Youngmeyer
Idleb, Syria – 30 September 2014 – Close to 50 trucks packed with supplies have made the journey across conflict lines to provide much-needed help to thousands of displaced children and families in north-western Syria.
The recent humanitarian convoy, which took place over two days, carried emergency supplies for 5,060 families who are living in tented camps around the Kah area of Idleb governorate near Syria’s border with Turkey. It is the first UN convoy of its kind to reach this hard-to-reach area.
The convoy was supported by eight UN agencies – UNICEF, WFP, WHO, UNHCR, IOM, UNFPA, OCHA and UNDSS – along with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. UNICEF provided 12 trucks of supplies including blankets, family hygiene kits, baby hygiene kits, soap, basic family water kits, collapsible 10 litre water containers, water purification tablets, diarrhoea kits, high energy biscuits, plumpy doz (a nutritional supplement), and Inter-agency Emergency Health Kits. In addition, collapsible water tanks and children’s summer clothing kits was also included.
There are an estimated 112 camps hosting 28,000 displaced families along the north-western border with Turkey.
The UN team in Syria is following a six month plan to reach up to 41,500 conflict-affected people in hard-to-reach areas of Idleb governorate.