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Crisis in Syria

After two years of conflict, the situation in Syria is deteriorating dramatically. Millions of Syrians are now in need of assistance. Half of these are children. Concern Worldwide is responding.

Mariam, 40 years with her 14 year old daughter Hiba and 21 months old son. Syria, 2013.


The number of people who have been displaced from their homes in Syria has doubled in recent months to 4.25 million. As the fighting continues, millions of people have little or no access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, safe drinking water and medical care, driving them deeper into poverty. We are focusing on protecting the health of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to the conflict.

Mariam’s story

Pregnant with her sixth child, Mariam and her family have fled from their home three times, desperately seeking a safe haven from the deadly violence. Now, she and her husband and five children are living with 100 other people in a building that used to be a primary school. Life is tough, as Mariam says:

I find life hard in the school. We [do not] have enough water and [we have] no money.

Harsh reality

Electricity is available in the school for only two hours a day and water is often unavailable for three or four days at a time. When there is no water, Mariam has to walk for 20 to 30 minutes to collect it from an untreated open well. Mariam and her family have no option but to wash and bathe in a dirty nearby stream, which often makes them sick. The everyday realities that Mariam and her family are facing reflect the living conditions inside Syria, which show little sign of improving as the fighting continues.

Alarming numbers of refugees

Since the beginning of 2013, the number of Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries has almost tripled from 575,000 people to over two million. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have received the most refugees. If the exodus continues at the current pace, this figure could reach 3.5 million people by the end of 2013, according to the UNHCR.

Charity response

We are providing safe drinking water to 20,000 people by repairing water pipes and chlorinating water to make it safe to drink. This will reduce the spread of deadly diseases. We are also preventing outbreaks of malaria and protecting 100,000 people from diseases spread by sandflies.

Ongoing difficulties

But, as the situation worsens, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to deliver life-saving assistance. We are working closely with our Alliance 2015 partners to expand our operations to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people.