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Fadia, who escaped fighting in Aleppo, Syria, stands in front of her family’s shelter in the Aamer al Sanad refugee settlement in Kab Elias, a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley which has filled with Syrian refugees. Two of her ten children were killed in Syria’s civil war. Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million refugees from Syria, yet allows no large camps to be established. So refugees have moved into poor neighborhoods or established small informal settlements in border areas. International Orthodox Christian Charities, a member of the ACT Alliance, provides support for refugees in Kab Elias, including a community clinic.

The IOCC is one of the few organisations working inside Syria to bring urgent aid to vulnerable people in some of the most volatile areas. Since 2012, the IOCC has helped more than 2.5 million vulnerable people inside Syria.

The civil war raging in Syria, now in its eighth year, has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has ever known, and the UN says that the response is the largest humanitarian operation in history.

More people are in need of assistance than after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Syria has a population of 22 million people – similar to Australia.

More than 7.6 million people are now displaced within the Syrian war zone and more than 4 million refugees are hosted by nearby countries. In total, more than 12 million people inside Syria itself need urgent humanitarian assistance.

Due to the ongoing civil war, most agencies are unable to reach these people, and instead are assisting refugees outside Syria.

The IOCC is one of the very few relief agencies working inside Syria to help some of the millions of people suffering within their own war-torn country. This work is dangerous and difficult, yet they continue each day to provide relief.

The IOCC’s work includes the provision of emergency food and water, hygiene kits, education on disease prevention, hygiene and safe use of water, distribution of water filters, provision of bedding and other physical needs, helping people to cope with the emotional stress of the situation (psychosocial support), helping children to continue their education, and providing cash-for-work opportunities.  Families in Syria need this ongoing support as the crisis continues.

The situation in Syria is constantly changing, as are the numbers of people affected.

The latest information, as of March 2018, is as follows:

  • About 511,000 people have been killed in the Syrian war since it began seven years ago.
  • More than six million people are uprooted within Syria and more than five million are refugees in neighbouring countries – mostly in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan – and also throughout Europe.
  • Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon are becoming poorer, with more than three-quarters living on less than $US4 per day – leaving children at risk of child labour and early marriage. – About 66,000 refugees returned to Syria in 2017.
  • More than 3,900 civilians, including hundreds of minors and women, left Eastern Ghouta, the besieged rebel stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, on Thursday in the largest displacement from the area since the government forces imposed their siege in 2013.
  • Since Russia entered the war in 2015 on the side of Assad and his Iranian and Shi’ite militia allies, the government has reclaimed large areas including all the big rebel bastions in Syria’s main cities. – Syrians are likely to file more than two million lawsuits seeking restitution for lost and damaged

    The United Nations has said that an estimated 2.9 million Syrians live in UN-declared hard-to-reach and besieged locations. It also said 6.5 million people in Syria lack enough to eat, while a further four million people are at risk of going hungry. The UN has also said that in the first two months of 2018, there had been 67 verified attacks on health facilities, health workers and infrastructure. That amounted to more than half of all verified attacks in 2017.

Sources: Reuters; United Nations children’s agency UNICEF; UN’s World Food Programme; UN refugee agency UNHCR; the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor.

The above information was originally sourced from Sight Magazine.

On 14 April, 2018, the United States and some of its allies launched air strikes against Syria. Here is a report by Australia’s ABC about the latest on this development.

For more detailed information on the situation in Syria, read this update from the global ACT Alliance.

 

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