The current unrest in Syria has so far forced over 1.4 million people to abandon their homes and seek safety in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. More continue to arrive: up to 8,000 each day, mostly women and children. Forced to flee everything familiar, they've left their livelihoods and keepsakes behind. For a child escaping horrific violence, for a parent desperate for safety for her children, supplies from the United Nations Refugee Agency are a lifeline.
The fighting in Syria is intense, and over 1.4 million refugees -- nearly 75% women and children -- have already fled in desperation. More are coming; up to 8,000 people leave Syria each day. Families are pouring over the borders into Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. They have fled with little more than the clothes on their back, clutching their children and fearing for their lives. They need immediate assistance from people like you.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is already helping by providing humanitarian aid to refugees - but they've been overwhelmed by the number of terrified Syrians who are fleeing the fighting in their home towns. UNHCR is emptying its warehouses to meet refugees' needs - but cash is running low and resources are tight. If you can't give much, give what you can - we'll pool your gift with those of other caring people to provide immediate assistance.
At this point, we cannot be sure when the turmoil in Syria will end. UNHCR and its partners will continue providing life-saving humanitarian assistance and support to Syrian refugees and people displaced within Syria until they are able to safely return to their homes, or else resettle to a third country.