Syria

Now in its 6th year of conflict – devastation
and upheaval continues to plague Syria at an
unimaginable scale – making it the world’s
largest catastrophe.

Photo Credit:  © UNHCR / J. Kohler 

More than 13 million innocent people need humanitarian assistance — and an entire generation of children is at risk.

Syria is in ruins and its people are on the run from a nightmare that seems to have no end. Millions have been forced from their home but remain in Syria, while millions more have been forced to flee to neighboring countries — and their numbers and needs grow daily. The worst part? Nearly half of the Syrian refugee population are children.

In December 2016, violence in the besieged city of Aleppo erupted causing a new wave of displacement.

UNHCR and its partners are scaling up their humanitarian response in Aleppo to meet the needs of the newly displaced. Alongside food, water and protection services, one of the most pressing humanitarian needs is finding secure shelter for the newly displaced.

The onset of winter makes it even more vital that families are kept warm and dry – a small comfort after months spent living in constant fear.

Above: Syrians who escaped Aleppo in December 2016 are provided with food, shelter and winter items such as thermal blankets and clothing by UNHCR.

Your help is needed…

Thanks to supporters, UNHCR is still on the ground coordinating a massive refugee response throughout the region and leading efforts to protect and provide shelter for those displaced inside Syria – working across conflict lines to provide critical aid under extremely dangerous circumstances.

UNHCR is facing a severe shortage in the funds needed to keep millions of refugees and displaced people fleeing violence warm and safe this winter. Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future. Not just for winter, but every day of the year, around the world. Please be generous.



Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is the UNHCR story.



What's Being Done

Despite the overwhelming needs after 5 years of bitter war– together we are making a difference in the lives of millions of Syrians. Thanks to our supporters – UNHCR has deployed more than 700 staff to the region to carry out and lead the largest emergency response in the world. 

The effort involves developing and managing refugee camps for those left homeless – distributing millions of emergency relief items, providing access to food and medicine for the desperate and vulnerable, and establishing child-friendly spaces for over 4 million out of school children.

Together we provide the following emergency relief items: 

  • Blankets Blankets
  • Kitchen Sets Kitchen Sets
  • Sleeping Mats Sleeping Mats
  • Tents and Shelters Tents and Shelters
  •  Hygiene Kits Hygiene Kits
  • Jerry Cans Jerry Cans