Syria Crisis: Our new CEO, Mark Goldring, reports from Jordan

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

1st May 2013

Today is Mark Goldring's first official day as the new CEO of Oxfam. In the last few weeks he's been getting reacquainted with Oxfam, meeting key figures and visiting our overseas programmes. He's currently in Jordan to see, first-hand, the crisis that is taking place in the region. The trip has, in his own words, "brought home the horror of the situation in Syria." Oxfam needs the international community to meet urgent funding needs and put pressure on the Syrian government to allow better access.  In this video, Mark explains why this needs to happen. 



"Meeting just a few of the Syrian refugees in Jordan powerfully brings home the horror of the situation in Syria and the desperate need to scale up the international response. We have met individuals who have had to flee from torture, have had their homes burnt and been forced off their fields.

More than a million people have fled to neighbouring countries, nearly half a million to Jordan. They have been generously received by their host countries, but those communities are desperately feeling the strain and need more help. Water in particular is in short supply. Oxfam has already been helping with water, sanitation and working with local partners to offer much needed psychological support. 

The situation is tough here in Jordan, but it may be even worse for the 4 million people displaced within Syria. Oxfam is trying every possible way to reach affected people in Syria, but better access for international agencies is crucial.  The political and military situation is dire and must be tackled, but this must not distract from the current suffering of many millions. And with 250,000 people fleeing every month the situation will only get worse."

Oxfam is calling on the international community both to meet the urgent funding needs and to put  pressure on the Syrian government to allow better access. Please add your name to the petition.


Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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