Distribution by the French Embassy of school equipment to Syrian refugee children in Alexandria (December 19, 2013)
On Thursday 19 December 2013, Dominique Waag, French Consul General in Alexandria, delivered school equipment to Syrian refugee children in Alexandria in one of the humanitarian aid centres run by the voluntary organization Caritas. The action was carried out with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the framework of a campaign financed by the French Foreign Ministry to help Syrians who have fled the violence and are in the countries of the region, particularly Egypt. The French Embassy had already committed itself to helping Syrian refugees in Cairo, distributing food aid to thousands of them during the month of Ramadan. In November the Consulate General had also distributed blankets, clothes and toys to Syrian refugees living in precarious conditions in Alexandria.
Responding to a humanitarian emergency identified by the UNHCR, the school equipment distributed by Caritas in the presence of the UNHCR’s regional representative, Mohamed al-Dairy, will enable support to be provided to nearly 1,000 refugee children going to school in Alexandria.
The Consul General said that “France is fully aware of the distress of families forced into exile”. She was also keen to “pay tribute to the generosity of Egypt, which is taking in a large number of refugees from Syria”.
The aid to Alexandria’s Syrian refugees is part of humanitarian efforts conducted by France in response to the Syria crisis. French humanitarian aid is being supplied directly or via NGOs in Syria and the countries of the region taking in Syrian refugees. Taking into account contributions from France to the regional and international organizations involved in the international humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, the amount of French humanitarian aid to the Syrian people is close to €100 million.