Operation SA raises over R13.9m to assist with humanitarian efforts in Syria

The NGO launched #SaveSyria following scenes of devastation in Aleppo and is using the money to assist refugees of the war.

FILE: A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on 13 December 2016, after they captured the area. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Non-governmental organisation Operation SA says South Africans have donated over R13.9 million in just under two months to assist with humanitarian efforts in Syria.

The organisation launched the initiative called #SaveSyria last December following scenes of devastation in Aleppo and is using the money to assist refugees and orphans of the war.

Operation SA activist Yusuf Abramjee says it’s heartening to see South Africans from all sectors of society digging deep into their pockets and making a difference.

“We saw the devastation, hardship, pain and the suffering at Syrian borders and South Africans have shown, in the true spirit of Ubuntu, what a difference we can make. We thank them for donating so generously.”