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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.

* January 2020 update *

The Syrian crisis is now in its tenth year. The UN has declared it a level three humanitarian emergency.

The ACT Alliance is reporting that the Syrian crisis is still the largest refugee crisis in the world. The past and present hostilities compounded with the continued massive displacement of populations, remain the main drivers of humanitarian needs.

The scale, severity, and complexity of needs across Syria remain overwhelming. Of the estimated 11.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 5 million are experiencing acute needs, 6.2 million are internally displaced, and many have been displaced multiple times. Children and youth comprise more than half of the displaced, as well as half of those in need of critical humanitarian assistance.

Jordan hosts 671,074 registered Syrian refugees. Lebanon hosts 1.5 million Syrian refugees along with 31,502 Palestine Refugees from Syria, and a pre-existing population of more than 175,000 Palestine Refugees.

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.

Over half of the Syrian population of 22 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, with many of these people displaced more than once.

More people are having to flee the conflict each day. 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.

There remains a massive need for the provision of health, water, sanitation, food, education, and psycho-social support both within and outside of Syria for the Syrian refugees.

Sources: HaaretzAljazeera; 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.

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

This article from February 2020 has the latest from the conflict in Idlib, in the north-west of the country.


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