Friday, April 10, 2015

The denial of bread - has become a weapon of war!

For civilians still trapped in Syria life is an agonizing struggle for survival, they are pinned down by sniper fire, snipers targeting pregnant women in bread queues at conflict lines,  fearing for their lives as shelling and aerial attacks escalate. Thousands are at risk as Syrian government forces have intensified the shelling and aerial bombardment in response to the IS takeover of the area, including by dropping barrel bombs.
“The use of barrel bombs against a besieged and starving civilian population is yet another demonstration of the Syrian government flouting international humanitarian law and its callousness towards civilians. Sparing civilian life does not appear to come into the equation when they decide to bomb an area,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director.

The denial of bread - has become a weapon of war!
Bakeries providing a lifeline to communities have become a regular target for air strikes.
The acute suffering of civilian communities has been made immeasurably worse by a shortage of bread, Syrian’s staple food, caused in part by the deliberate bombing of bakeries. At 'LILY' we are doing our best to try and ease the plight of the Syrian civilian population, who feel abandoned by the rest of the world by making sure that they at least get fresh bread daily. Families queue up for hours in the hope of purchasing even a single bag of bread, and frequently return home empty-handed.
Due to your generous support for our Syria Bread  Appeal in August 2014, 'LILY' and local partners were able to refurbish and restore an abandoned bakery in Idlib which had been forced to shutdown due to fuel and flour shortages.  We have  been able to supply bread to 3 villages, providing bread for around 1,400 families, because of this increase barrel bombs and snipper fire we ('LILY') are looking to increase production at the bakery to be able to supply bread to 2 more villages in the Idlib area.

We have been working hard to be able to keep this bakery running by holding table top sales, car boot sales, selling knitting patterns, I support LILY braceletsbook sales etc.

A family-sized pack of bread containing 8 large pieces, will be sold for approximately 15p per pack to help cover costs. For those who cannot afford this, it will be provided free of charge.The bread will be directly delivered by our team to the Syrian people, which will help to avoid the long queues that may otherwise draw attention from overhead aircraft.
The purchase of flour will constitute the greatest recurring cost associated with running the bakery and we need your support to ensure that we will be able to provide a regular supply of bread, and as the situation worsens and the demand for food grows and we are hope to meet the needs of as many as we can possibly reach with your support.

We need your support to ensure that we are able to provide this lifeline!

A donation of:

• £450 (755 USD) will buy an entire day’s supply of flour and provide bread for 3,000 families - in effect, a whole community.
• £150 (250 USD) will buy a tonne of flour and provide bread for 1,000 families.
• £5  (9 USD) will provide a family with bread for a month.


'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey and around the world, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.

'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm and fed.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.