The greatest refugee crisis in our time
2017 was the sixth year of the Syria conflict. This grinding violence has caused the greatest refugee crisis in our time. Half the population has fled their homes to become Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Four and a half million people live in besieged areas. The living conditions for most Syrians are appalling: access to food is scarce, clean water is in short supply, medical care for the sick is almost non-existent. Civilians also face such traumas as gender-based violence, recruitment of children as ‘soldiers’, as well as being exposed to sexual, physical and economic exploitation.
Five million people have fled Syria altogether and now live scattered in refugee camps and temporary shelter in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world – including Ireland. The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in extremely precarious situations. Most have inadequate shelter, food supply and access to basic essential services.
Altogether, 13.5 million Syrians need continuing humanitarian assistance. The war in Syria shows no sign of coming to an end - meaning that all of these people are facing precarious and uncertain futures.Save a life in Syria
WHAT WE’VE DONE TOGETHER
Human Appeal started working in Syria from the early days of the conflict in 2011. We opened our field office in Gaziantep in 2013.
Our provision of food aid is one of largest areas of operation: food parcels, bread, and cooked meals. Supported by donations, we supplied 37,300 tonnes of flour to Syrian bakeries over three years (2014-17).
We have also provided Syrian farmers with the tools and resources to grow their own food and build local community resilience to conflict related shocks and interruptions to the food supply.
HAI also provides shelter and essential non-food items. We support public hospitals and schools buy supplying clean water, and in association with our partners UNOCHA and Americares, we support the Al-Iman Hospital for Women and Children. In 2016 as many as 150,000 people had access to this facility as well as to our mobile clinics.
In 2016 we also provided educational support to IDPs in Syria giving school access to 1,400 children (funded by UNOCHA). We supported improved education projects for 80,000 children in Northern Syria (funded by UNICEF).
In 2017 we will continue supporting all of these projects to IDPs, to the people of Northern Syria, and to Syrian refugees in Turkey and beyond: supplying flour, food parcels (in association with the WFP), cooked meals and winter kits.Donate a food pack: feed a whole family
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