Crisis in Syria

Sara, 11 from Homs, Syria stands by an Oxfam-supplied water tank on the roof of her family’s home in Zarka, Jordan. Shot in the head in Syria, the bullet grazed her skull, bits of shrapnel remain in her scalp. Photo credit: Sam Tarling /Oxfam
Sara, 11 from Homs, Syria stands by an Oxfam-supplied water tank on the roof of her family’s home in Zarka, Jordan. Shot in the head in Syria, the bullet grazed her skull, bits of shrapnel remain in her scalp. Photo credit: Sam Tarling /Oxfam

Five years after the beginning of the conflict in Syria the war shows no sign of abating. Today, half the pre-conflict population of 22 million Syrians have fled their homes and more than 13.5 million people are in need of your help.

The human suffering caused by the war in Syria is overwhelming. Millions of people have fled their homes. We are helping those affected by the crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and in Greece, Serbia and Macedonia. We need your help to do more.

The scale of the Syrian crisis

Since hostilities began in March 2011, more than 250,000 lives have been lost in Syria and more than 4.6million people have fled to neighboring countries. As the fragile ceasefire that came into effect at the end of February holds, Syrians are still reeling from the past year of conflict; the worst so far. The UN estimates that, in Syria alone, 13.5 million people are in need of assistance, including 6.6 million people internally displaced from their homes. The steady arrival of families displaced by the conflict in neighboring countries is putting extreme pressure on local infrastructure and economies.

Additionally, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the majority of Syrian families sheltering in neighboring countries live in urban areas, outside of formal camp settings. This makes it harder for them to access vital help. 86% of refugees outside camps in Jordan live below the poverty line.

Our work in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria

In 2014 we reached nearly half a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves and vouchers for hygiene supplies. We are helping families get the information they need about their legal and human rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services.

We have built shower and toilet blocks in refugee camps, informal settlements along routes used by people fleeing Syria and have installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Piped water schemes are being developed for Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp and in host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

We are also providing clean water withi Syria through rehabilitation of infrastructure, water trucking and repairing of wells. 

Campaigning for a political solution to the conflict

Providing life-saving support to the millions of people affected by this devastating conflict is essential but it is not enough. We have been campaigning and advocating for a sustainable and inclusive political solution since the beginning of the crisis. We will continue to insist that the ceasefire is respected and to call on all parties to the conflict to stop any arms transfers and guarantee humanitarian access and protection of civilians, whether inside Syria or in neighboring countries. We are also calling for rich states to commit to fully funding this year’s Syria crisis response appeal and to resettle 10 percent of all registered Syrian refugees by the end of 2016.

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Updated 11 March 2016