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More than 12 million people have fled since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011. Most of them are displaced within their own country and in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Gaining access to those in need is however proving difficult because of the extremely tense and volatile security situation in this war-torn country. Under these adverse conditions, aid is focusing on the immediate priorities such as the distribution of warm meals, drinking water and other life essentials.

Whenever possible, those affected are also receiving medical care and traumatized people, especially children, are receiving psychosocial support.

  • 02.07.2015
  • Syria

Photo report: A look at the life of Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley

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Many Syrians are suffering from serious health issues caused by war injuries, the flight from their home country and the harsh living conditions in Lebanon. The public healthcare system cannot cope with the influx of refugees. This is why Medair is supporting four clinics in the Bekaa Valley which provide basic medical care for the Syrian refugees.

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Keystone

Keystone

 

One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).

 

Swisscom

Swisscom

A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.

SRG SSR

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Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.