Help for Syria
The conflict in Syria has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. Over 500,000 people have been killed. A further 5.5 million have fled and 6.1 million are displaced internally.
Trócaire works in Syria and Lebanon to provide humanitarian aid, as well as education and psychological support, to people affected. Last year, their Syria programme supported over 72,000 people, the vast majority of whom – 65,000 – were in Syria itself.
Trócaire has warned that a further escalation of military intervention in Syria will lead to more suffering for civilians trapped in the conflict and has called on the Irish government to use this month’s Future of Syria conference to push for stronger EU diplomatic pressure on the issue. Miriam Gormally spoke with Niall O’Keefe, who is head of the Middle East and Asia, and who has been over to Syria to explain more about the lives of the people over there and the work Trócaire does. She first asked him about his trip to Damascus.