Why are people fleeing Syria?
Since 2011, civil war and conflict between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian opposition forces, and ISIS, have resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and have caused more than half of the country’s population of 22 million citizens to flee their homes. The mass displacement of the Syrian people the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
How many people have been displaced?
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 4 million people, half of whom are children, have fled to neighboring countries, and 7.4 million people are displaced internally within Syria. As the crisis worsens to the worst the world has seen in 20+ years, the need for refugee support is becoming more dire.
What are the challenges facing refugees?
- In order to escape, many Syrian refugees become victims of smuggling and human trafficking. Seeking safety in neighboring countries, refugees risk their lives traveling on unsafe boats, trains, and trucks.
- Thousands of displaced citizens are arriving each day to refugee camps in neighboring countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey. As the number of people fleeing from Syria grows, refugee camps are becoming even more overcrowded and struggling to meet the needs of Syrian Refugees.
- Two million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria, making continuing education while displaced extremely difficult. Additionally, refugee camps do not have the space to provide children safe spaces to learn and play.
How are aid organizations responding?
Vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners are already supporting Syrian refugees. Their efforts include:
- Delivering food and clean water, providing shelters and household essentials to families in need.
- Continuing to provide refugees with safe access to lifesaving medical aid, including reproductive health care.
- Supporting children whose schooling has been disrupted by the conflict, and setting up safe spaces in refugee camps for children to learn and play.
- Providing refugees with psychosocial support to help reduce emotional consequences of traumatic stress and store a sense of hope and normalcy.