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Syria crisis: update

The number of people affected by violence in Syria is rising daily. Many are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Concern Worldwide is working hard to help as many people as possible.

Alarming numbers

There are currently 9.3 million people in Syria who are in urgent need of assistance, 6.5 million of whom have been forced to flee their homes. There are a further 1.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon with approximately 50,000 more arriving every month. Since March 2011, more than 160,000 people have been killed with an average of more than 5,000 people killed per month since July 2012.

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Badiaa's story

It’s been three years since the war began in Syria. There are many reports about the crisis. But, Badiaa's story is one of personal reflection on her life and love for Syria.

In depth

We are working with Syrian refugees and the Lebanese host community in Akkar district, Lebanon:

  • Providing water and sanitation facilities in 50 tented settlements 
  • Renovating unused buildings for accommodation 
  • Targeting people in 60 camps with hygiene services
  • Connecting water systems in eight tented settlements
  • Water trucking in 14 tented settlements
  • Installing toilets and septic tanks in 21 settlements
  • Fitting reservoirs that will connect to a village water network
  • Carrying out inspections of water quality
  • Treating water to reduce high diarrhoea occurrence

We are providing water and sanitation facilities in Syria:

  • We currently have six water systems pumping an estimated 7,452 metres cubed of water per week for around 38,000 people
    • All of these systems are now being chlorinated for water treatment
    • Water metres are under local procurement
  • 6,000 hygiene kits have been received and an initial plan to distribute 500 is in development
  • The number of refugees in Lebanon is now in excess of one million
  • A further 500,000 refugees are expected to arrive in the coming year

A recent report from the UN and the World Bank speculated that:

  • The cost of war on the Lebanese economy could reach €7.5 billion by the end of 2014
  • As many as 340,000 Lebanese could become unemployed as a result of the conflict
  • 170,000 people could be pushed into poverty


Lebanon is struggling to cope with the influx of Syrian refugees and the immense economic and social pressures it is being placed under. Anne O’Mahony, our director of international programmes, was in Lebanon and has written about the full impact of the situation there.

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