million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 6 million internally displaced people.
of Syrian refugees are living below the poverty line, with limited access to basic services, education or job opportunities.
Syrians and more than 25,000 tents in northwest Syria were affected by flooding during the first months of 2021.
As the Syria crisis enters its tenth year, the humanitarian situation for Syrian refugees remains dire. An estimated 11 million people need humanitarian assistance and more than half of the population remains displaced from their homes - including 5.5 million refugees living in neighboring countries and another 6 million internally displaced inside Syria. Women and children comprise more than half of those displaced.
Over the years Syrians have shown remarkable resilience, but as war continues, hope is fading fast. Approximately 80 percent are living below the poverty line, striving to create a future for themselves and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated these challenges, with millions losing their livelihoods and increasingly unable to meet their basic needs.
In northwest Syria, flooding and outbreaks of violence have displaced an additional one million people since December 2019 — they now live in terrible conditions amidst widespread destruction of services and economic hardship. With no end in sight to the conflict, UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi calls it "the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time and a continuing cause for suffering."
UNHCR is on the ground aiding Syrian refugees, but resources are stretched too thin. Your gift will offer hope for a safe future.
The UN Refugee Agency has been on the ground since the start of the conflict providing shelter, lifesaving supplies, clean water and medical care to families who have been forced to flee their homes. During winter, UNHCR also supports vulnerable families with vital winter relief items - such as warm clothes, sleeping bags, thermal blankets, stoves, fuel for heating and insulation for tents - as well as cash assistance to help Syrian refugees pay rent and purchase food and medicine.
As part of the COVID-19 response, UNHCR has provided protective equipment to hospitals and health clinics, distributed medicines and supported the construction of quarantine areas and hygiene facilities. It is also working closely with host countries to ensure that refugees, internally displaced and stateless people are included in national responses to the pandemic as well as COVID-19 vaccination programs. In Jordan, for example, the government has included refugees in every aspect of their public health response and some refugees have already started to receive the vaccine.
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Syria Refugee Crisis Explained
Refugee mother prepares for another winter in Za’atari refugee camp
Syrian refugee mother and her son inside their shelter in Tripoli, Lebanon.