23 August 2013
Christian Aid is deeply concerned by reports of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, in attacks that have left hundreds of civilians dead.
We also note with concern the significant numbers of refugees that have crossed the border into northern Iraq in recent days.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Syria began more than two years ago.
There are now more than two million refugees, of whom one million are children. Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The UN estimates that more than 40,000 refugees have crossed a temporary pontoon bridge on the Western Syrian side of the border with Iraq since it was opened on 15 August.
Seeking refuge close to the border or travelling east towards the cities of Sulaimaniya and Erbil, most are in desperate need of shelter, as well as other vital humanitarian support.
Call for peace process
These reports highlight the ongoing suffering of the people of Syria, and underline the vital importance of an immediate cessation in the fighting, and the start of a peace process.
We call on all parties to commit urgently to reaching a negotiated settlement that will end the violence through an inclusive and transparent political process. You can add your voice to this call.
How you can help
The emergency appeal for Syria is enabling Christian Aid partners in Lebanon and Iraq to respond to the growing Syrian refugee crisis.
Our ACT Alliance sister agency, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), is also providing support to people in desperate need inside Syria itself.
Please help us to continue to support those suffering as a result of violent conflict by donating to our Syria Crisis Appeal.