British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visits Mercy Corps’ Syrian operations in Turkey


September 29, 2016

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  • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Mercy Corps operations in Turkey to learn about our Syrian response. “I’m proud that the UK is supporting organizations like Mercy Corps,” Johnson said.

For more than four years, Mercy Corps has been delivering lifesaving aid to people displaced by the conflict inside Syria. Today we are the largest non-governmental organization working inside Syria, reaching up to 677,000 people every month with lifesaving assistance.

To learn more about this work, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, visited Mercy Corps in Gaziantep, Turkey, the location of our cross-border operations into Syria.

“The scale of suffering and displacement due to the war in Syria is colossal,” Johnson said. “We must continue to work together to address the tragic situation in Syria and support its people. I’m proud that the UK is supporting organizations like Mercy Corps, who are helping to meet the urgent needs of those who are suffering.”

The Foreign Secretary’s visit came at a critical moment in the crisis. As cold weather nears, organizations like Mercy Corps face immense challenges to safely deliver aid at a time when it is desperately needed.

Just one hour from the Syrian border, Gaziantep has seen cooler temperatures and heavy rains in recent weeks, signs of the impending winter. Moving pre-positioned winterization items into Syria and delivering them to the most vulnerable families will be one of Mercy Corps’ top priorities in the coming weeks.

Winter kits, which include boots and jackets, were one of the items Johnson looked through during his briefing with the Mercy Corps team. The Foreign Secretary also saw food and new arrivals kits, which include mattresses, blankets, cookware, and essential hygiene items.

Mercy Corps is working tirelessly to help people in Syria, providing food, clean water, hygiene supplies, and psychosocial support, as well as supporting refugees seeking safety in neighboring countries and in Europe. Since the start of the crisis, our Syria response has reached more than 7.7 million people.

Learn more about our response and how you can help here.