Our work in Syria
Our work in Syria
The conflict in Syria has resulted in the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Over 11 million people have been displaced by the war, with 4.8 million fleeing the country as refugees, the vast majority of whom are now hosted by Syria’s neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
In Syria, a total of 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Concern is providing assistance to families displaced or affected by the crisis to improve their access to food and clean water, as well as non-food items. In March 2017, to mark the sixth anniversary of the war, Concern published the report, “Shattered Lives – Protecting civilians in War-torn Syria”. The report examines the devastating impact of war on civilian lives and analyses what needs to be done to provide more robust protection services, end the conflict and begin the road to recovery.
Water, sanitation and hygiene
A shortage of clean water is one of the most pressing concerns, as the threat of water borne diseases is heightened, together with threats posed by the disruption of sanitation services due to fighting. In 2016, we reached 465,200 people with support including:
- Providing clean drinking water by rehabilitating water pumping stations and extending/repairing water supply networks
- Rehabilitating sewage networks
- Conducing clean-up campaigns to remove solid waste
- Vector control to halt the spread of communicable diseases
- Emergency response during new influxes of displaced people, providing clean water trucking and distributing hygiene kits
We are providing immediate assistance when families are newly displaced. This includes providing basic items like blankets, tarpaulins, jerry cans and sleeping mats. In 2016, we helped 1,188 newly displaced families.
We are providing emergency food baskets to families fleeing immediate conflict and arriving in areas where Concern has access. We also provide food vouchers for vulnerable families in areas where markets are available. In 2016, we helped more than 9,000 households through this work.
- “Report: Shattered Lives – Protecting civilians in War-torn Syria”
- Our work with Syrian refugees in Lebanon
- Our work with Syrian refugees in Turkey
- Blogs relating to the Syria crisis
- REPORT: Paying the Price: Why donors must take a new approach to the Syria crisis
- Collection of content relating to the Syria Crisis
- UN 2016 humanitarian needs overview: Syrian Arab Republic
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