Syria: five years of conflict

5 years of brutality and bloodshed have turned Syria into the epicentre of a massive humanitarian crisis.

Hannan Hassan Khalaf, 20, sits with her children at an informal settlement for Syrian refugees near the town of Baalbek in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on January 26, 2016.

Hannan's story

Hannan Hassan Khalaf, 20, lives with her four children in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees near the town of Baalbek in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

“I’ve been here for three years. Two of my four children were born here in the camp. I left everything in Raqa; my life, my memories, my souvenirs. I was very sad about that at first but now I am used to it. I still think about Syria though, I think about my neighbourhood. I used to own a small store and the children would stop by on their way to and from school.”

Civilians are attacked and killed every single day, and we risk losing a whole generation of children to the conflict. Civilians in besieged areas continue to suffer and die from lack of food and medical care.

  • More than half the population has fled their homes including nearly five million who have left the country in what has become the world’s worst displacement crisis since World War II.
  • Tens of thousands remain missing after being arrested solely for doing their jobs or exercising their human rights, including journalists, doctors and lawyers.

Repeated UN resolutions have been passed but the daily torment of millions continues. Multiple nations are militarily involved, including members of the Security Council. Millions of people, against all the odds, remain, desperately trying to help their families survive. As the world marks five years since the start of the crisis, Syrians, humanitarian and human rights organisations and activists from all over the world are coming together in a global show of solidarity to say that enough is enough. We will not stand by while Syria continues to burn.



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