The faces behind the tragedy in Syria

The people behind the numbers...

There are almost 4 million people who have fled Syria to neighbouring countries. There are an estimated additional 7 million who are displaced by the conflict inside Syria.

These are the stories of  just some of the people we help.

This little girl fled Syria with her family to live in an unfinished concrete block shell in Reyhanli, Turkey. Her father, Abu Khadiga worked the land near Hama. They’ve lost everything: generations of effort and care for a farm which now lies abandoned. The Khadiga’s now rely on our work to keep going: please help us to help them.


Baby Naser’s life has just changed irrevocably.

He’s just arrived in Antakya, Turkey with his mother Fatima. They’ve lost everything. Even worse, they’ve just lost Naser’s father who’s been killed in Syria. With no prospects, they’re relying on what they can get from our Human Appeal Staff in Antakya.




Abu Saqqar , 20, spends his much of his time alone.

Although Abu Saqqar shares a dormitory in Reyhanli with a dozen other men and boys, he sits alone. A victim of the conflict in Syria, Abu has suffered damage to his spine: he’s disabled in one leg.

His family has escaped to Lebanon, but Abu finds himself alone in this rehabilitation centre on the Turkey Syria border.

As he contemplates his uncertain, lonely future, he relies on us to help him piece his life together. Please do what you can do give him support and a hope for the future.



 Abu Khadiga, 50, was a farmer from Syria.

Abu Khadiga (centre left), was had a farm in the countryside outside Hama, Syria.

After the town where he lived was attacked in an airstrike, he had to flee along with his family to find a new life: he lost his home, his farm and his livelihood.

He's found refuge of a sort for himself and his family in a ruined building in Reyhanli, Turkey where they share this cramped apartment with 20 other people.

Hard-working families like this deserve better. We can help them get back on their feet and provide them with some dignity.



 Abu Alaa, 41, from Syria.

He recently lost his arm during a deadly explosion at his petrol station, his only source of income. He lost his whole livelihood as well.

The violence was too much for him to bear. He’s fled Syria with his four children and just arrived at a rehabilitation centre in Reyhanli, Turkey.



 Amani now lives in Reyhanli with her mother and two younger brothers, Ibrahim and Hamed.

She lost her father to the war in Syria, but still seems to embody the hope and resilience of youth. The school she attends does it’s very best to restore a form of normality to the lives of the children, and Amani, thankfully, demonstrates that it is succeeding.   When we asked her, with her teacher Gandi acting as translator, what she liked most about school, she answered with all the innocence of youth: ‘I like the teachers, especially Gandi!’