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Friday 19 February 2016

Race against time for Aleppo
Race against time for Aleppo Aleppo is almost surrounded and Syrian families are in desperate need of shelter. (ShelterBox/Relief Aid)

Aleppo, Syria’s second city, is in danger of becoming totally encircled by armed forces, as the front line of fighting draws ever closer. While many families have fled the fighting, approximately 300,000 people remain in the city.

ShelterBox is working in partnership with the organisation Relief Aid to get vital shelter aid to the inhabitants of Aleppo before it becomes totally cut off from the outside world.

Sam Hewett, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: ‘Years of fighting has left Aleppo in ruins. The city’s infrastructure is in tatters; no electricity, no waste disposal systems and a contaminated water supply.

‘Aleppo is already partially surrounded by regime forces and if the city is taken, things will become even worse. Food and medicine will run out and many more homes and buildings are likely to be destroyed.’

We are in race against time to get aid into Syria and to Aleppo itself before supply lines close. We need your support to help us send shelter kits to these families before it is too late.

We plan to provide families with shelter kits that contain mattresses, tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, solar lights and water carriers. The tough tarpaulin can be used to restore roofs and walls, while clear plastic sheeting can be used to cover broken windows.

Blankets and mattresses, of which there are five in each kit, not only provide warmth, but can also be used as room dividers to create privacy. Solar lamps bring a source of light to a city without electricity and water carriers will enable people to collect and transport water from safe sources.

All of the items in the kit are easy to carry, flexible and durable. If a family needs to leave their home and find shelter elsewhere, they can easily bring the contents with them and use it over and over again.

A shelter kit for a whole family costs just £88.74 and contains the essentials people need to survive in such difficult conditions. Please donate today.
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