After years of conflict, devastation and upheaval continue to plague Syria at an unimaginable scale – it is the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophe.
More than 13 million innocent Syrians need humanitarian assistance — and an entire generation of children is at risk.
Millions have been forced from their homes 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.
The overwhelming majority of Syrians -- more than 90 percent -- who fled the country remain in the region. Turkey hosts 3.3 million Syrian refugees, Lebanon host more than one million and another 650,000 have found refuge in Jordan. Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting more than 244,000, while in Egypt, UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 122,000.
In Lebanon nearly 76 percent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line. There are no formal refugee camps and, as a result, more than a million Syrians struggle to find adequate shelter, often sharing small basic dwellings with other refugee families in overcrowded conditions.
In Jordan, 93 percent of Syrian refugees live in poverty. Approximately 80 percent of them live outside camps, while 130,000 have found refuge at the Za’atari and Azraq camps.
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. Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future. Not just today, but every day of the year, around the world.