Syria’s war reaches another grim milestone — seven years of conflict and seven years of refugees facing great hurdles to finding protection, shelter, services and hope for a future without violence.
More than half of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes because of war — 5.5 million have fled the country and 6 million more have been driven from their homes but remain in Syria.
Seven years of conflict have taken an immense toll on the most vulnerable, and sadly, for the youngest Syrians, there are dire consequences for the future. Less than half of elementary school aged children are enrolled in school and only a fraction of high school and college aged students have access to education.
# of Syrian refugees
Although millions of Syrians have escaped the war at home and found refuge in neighboring countries, many are unable to escape poverty and the challenges of living in exile. Ninety percent of Syrian refugees live in rural areas in makeshift shelters, or in urban centers, often in overcrowded and dangerous locations.
Syrian refugees struggle to access medical care, schools for their children, employment and food. In Jordan, 80 percent of Syrian refugees living outside of camps live below the poverty line. In Lebanon, 91 percent of families are currently at risk of food insecurity.
# of Syrian refugees in Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps
After seven years of war, Syrian families everywhere continue to show their courage and resilience, making huge sacrifices to put their children’s needs first, turning their temporary shelters into homes, showing their entrepreneurial spirit and their deep desire to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity.
# of Syrian refugees hosted in Turkey
“Ultimately, Syria’s conflict isn’t about numbers – it’s about people. Families have been torn apart, innocent civilians killed, houses destroyed, businesses and livelihoods shattered.”
–Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Thanks to supporters, UNHCR has been on the ground since the beginning of the conflict coordinating a massive refugee response. Throughout the region, the UN Refugee Agency is 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 Syrian refugees and displaced people fleeing violence warm and safe. Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future.