From the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC),
shared by Maureen Small (Convener of Mission and Outreach)
Here in the UK we’ve all had to make sacrifices to protect each other and save lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and witnessed the incredible dedication of our amazing NHS staff.
But as lockdown lifts here, people around the world need our help – families who have fled violence, conflict and hunger in countries where there is no NHS if they fall ill.
Many are now living in crowded refugee and displacement camps with little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. In these places, the virus is likely to be even more deadly than it has been here.
Imagine having to leave everything behind to keep your family safe, only to face a deadly new threat: Covid-19. This is the reality for people living in tents and makeshift shelters without running water or soap in places like Yemen, Syria and Somalia.
But, as we have seen in the UK, simple measures can make a huge difference. If we act now to protect millions of vulnerable refugees and displaced people, many lives can be saved.
The DEC needs your help to:
- provide families with clean water, soap and information on keeping themselves safe
- provide frontline medical and aid workers with equipment and supplies to care for the vulnerable and sick
- ensure families get enough food to prevent malnutrition, particularly amongst children
People who have already suffered so much need your help now more than ever to face this new threat. Please give whatever you can at this challenging time for us all.