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.

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Donations will support the work of our ACT Alliance partner, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

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 sixth 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.

For regularly updated information, go to the UN’s Syria emergency page.

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