As the war in Syria enters its tenth year, the regional crisis has reached horrifying new levels. With nearly one million displaced in Northwest Syria, people are living through one of the worst emergencies since the war began in 2011. At least 80 per cent of those displaced are women and children, who are yet again among those who suffer the most.
More than 5.6 million Syrians remain registered refugees in neighbouring countries. The vast majority of Syrian refugees in the region (more than 80 per cent) live outside designated refugee camps, in urban areas among locals, usually in poor neighbourhoods where they can afford the rent, adding up to the already stretched, vulnerable infrastructures, and putting more pressure on basic resources such as health and education. People are struggling to meet the most basic needs, having left everything behind.
In December 2019, an increase in violence led to over 900,000 individuals being displaced, mainly from Southern Idleb and Western Aleppo, moving further north away from the hostilities.
CARE condemns in the strongest terms attacks on civilians. Millions of people continue to live under siege and in hard-to-reach areas, with little access to basic needs. CARE with its partners is calling on all governments to go beyond the words of sympathy and to act concretely.
Help provide life-saving assistance to those affected by the crisis in Syria.
CARE supports vulnerable people caught in the conflict in Syria through the distribution of relief supplies such as food baskets, hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly, and kitchen sets. During harsh winter, our partners have supported families with mattresses, blankets, floor covering, and children’s clothing. CARE’s partners also work with health clinics, providing primary care as well as maternal and reproductive health support for women to increase access to health care for Syrian communities affected by the conflict.
In addition to incredible humanitarian needs, in such a long-term conflict there is also an urgent need to rebuild livelihoods, encourage social cohesion and resilience to help people cope with a long-term crisis. Together with partners, CARE has developed programs which contribute to strengthening the resilience of communities affected by the crisis, providing families with early recovery and livelihoods support, including agricultural production, cash for work, women economic empowerment, micro-finance and psycho-social support programming. Additionally, CARE and its Syrian partner organizations provides access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene.
CARE works in the northern region of Syria, largely with partners. For the safety of our partners and staff, we do not disclose exact locations. In total, CARE has reached more than 4.5 million people in Syria since 2014.
CARE is impartial and neutral and we do not take sides. We provide assistance based on need alone.