When you've lost everything, you need the basics to survive
2013 has been a challenging year for our Emergency Response operations. Right now in the Philippines, people’s lives have been literally blown apart by Typhoon Haiyan, with thousands of people dead and many more made homeless. This tragic story is sadly one that many families share worldwide whether they are the survivors of natural disasters or victims of war and conflict.
While families in the Philippines faced one of the worst storms on record, families in Syria have seen their homes bombed and burned. They've lost children and grandparents. They've undertaken gruelling journeys trying to reach safety, carrying their babies or elderly parents and a few meagre belongings.
Parents cry with relief as they arrive at the border and receive simple items from UNHCR. Parents like Awad who fled with his wife and surviving children to South Sudan earlier this year after their two eldest daughters, aged 9 and 10, were killed in an airstrike on their village in Sudan's Blue Nile State.
How we help
UNHCR has responded to numerous crises over the last few years, and our operations teams remain on the ground in those crises long after the spotlight has faded.
As we prepare to celebrate the festive season here in Australia, families around the world have been torn apart by conflict and disasters during the year.
UNHCR has focused on providing basic essential lifesaving items like emergency survival kits to these refugees in need across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Your donation will help UNHCR provide emergency shelter, water, blankets, baby kits, medicine and other essentials.