Photo story: Tearfund partners bring precious aid to families who remain in besieged Aleppo.
It is six years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising that led to the civil war. The UN has called it ‘the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time’.
In spite of the risk and adversity, Tearfund’s partners are in Aleppo serving thousands of people who have remained there. In recent months they have brought food and hygiene packs to families trapped in the besieged city.
You can see some of that work, carried out with volunteers from the local church, and get a taste of life for those families who have stayed put in the besieged City.
Tearfund workers and volunteers preparing the food packages in a local church. Packs included ready-made items that could be eaten without much preparation: sugar, tea, thyme, flour milk, jam, sardines, cheese, halva, and tuna. This was to complement other groups who were distribute bread. They also featured other essentials, like soap, women's sanitary pads and cleaning materials.
L-R: Preparing to give out the parcels in a special bus, used for the distribution; driving through the heavily-bombed streets of Aleppo to reach the distribution point.
Children greet the arriving bus.
A crowd gathers outside as distribution begins.
Volunteers attempt to form an orderly queue as the crowds gather by the distribution bus.
Orderly queues are ultimately formed – adults and children wait patiently for the emergency supplies.
Two recipients of the packages, a mother with food and vital sanitary supplies and (right) a grandmother oversees the package for her family.
Despite the bombs and the bullets, the workers and volunteers carry on serving – aided by prayers, supported by your gifts.
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