Publication date 01.03.2017

Polish governments helps victims of the conflict in Syria

Poland will allocate more funds for supporting humanitarian initiatives in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The plans were revealed at the Wednesday conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The conference was also attended by Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Błaszczak. The government will engage in activities conducted by the Aid to the Church in Need association which helps victims of the conflict in the Middle East, in particular in Syria.

Poland will allocate more funds for supporting humanitarian initiatives in Syria and its neighbouring countries. The plans were revealed at the Wednesday conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The conference was also attended by Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Błaszczak. The government will engage in activities conducted by the Aid to the Church in Need association which helps victims of the conflict in the Middle East, in particular in Syria.

The government thus responds to voices of the representatives of the Church who believe that help on site is not only more effective, but also better for inhabitants of Syria who want to return to their homes.

 “The aim is to rebuild hospitals, rebuild homes, rebuild schools so that people could go back to their normal, peaceful life,” said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister summed up other aid projects currently implemented by the Polish government. So far Poland has allocated approximately EUR 4.5 million for aid to Syria and its neighbouring countries. Another PLN 1.5 million will be allocated for supporting the activities of the Aid to the Church in Need. Poland is also involved in other projects in cooperation with other European countries and non-governmental organisations.

 “It is our duty. The Polish government will never evade such aid,” said the Prime Minister.

Minister Mariusz Błaszczak emphasized that, from purely practical point of view, receiving refugees from countries where the war is waged was not an efficient form of assistance. Funds required for treatment of one injured child in Europe plus the costs of its transport would allow to treat ten children on site in Syria.

“During the meetings with our partners from the EU, I argued that relocation was not a sign of solidarity,” said Minister Błaszczak. “We must address our aid directly to those who need it.”

The conference was also attended by Father Waldemar Cisło, a representative of the papal charity Aid to the Church in Need, and Father Feras Lofti, a Franciscan from Syria who helps the victims of the conflict on an everyday basis. Both guests stressed that it was better to help the residents of Aleppo on site that receive them in Europe. This allows not only to avoid separation of families, but also contributes to reconstruction of the region. It should be pointed out that currently there is no war in Aleppo, but the situation remains difficult. This applies in particular to hospitals. It concerns not only aid to persons injured in air strikes, but also everyday medical assistance. Therefore, the funds allocated by the Polish government for rebuilding hospitals in Syria are particularly valuable. Father Cisło stated that many residents of Aleppo did not wish to leave their homeland. Assistance which allows them to remain on their land and slowly return to their normal life is the best for them.

Both Father Cisło and Minister Mariusz Błaszczak pointed to the need to undertake real and specific actions.

“This is not politics. It is a real and efficient aid for those who need it,” stressed the Minister of the Interior and Administration.

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