After more than a decade of war, over 12 million Syrians have fled their homes. Many are trapped in poverty and, even if they could return home, have absolutely nothing left.
The devastating earthquakes that struck on 6 February only brought more suffering, both in Syria and in neighbouring Türkiye – the country that hosts the most Syrian refugees in the world.
“I have been coming to Syria regularly for almost 20 years, but never have I seen such levels of deprivation and desperation,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “It is unconscionable that so many people have been left with so little for so long. They need and deserve much more support.”
Syria is one of the world’s largest refugee crises, however, the situation has dropped out of the news and funding hasn’t kept up with the growing need.
Yet every day is an emergency for Syrians. Even before the deadly earthquakes, more than 15 million people in Syria – over two-thirds of the population – required humanitarian assistance.
Thanks to generous donors like you, earthquake survivors in Syria and Türkiye have received emergency supplies such as tents, sleeping bags and hygiene kits. With your support, UNHCR has also provided counselling and protection for the most vulnerable – especially women and children.
UNHCR is striving to reach more displaced Syrians with shelter, emergency supplies, cash assistance and livelihood support to help them recover from back-to-back disasters.
But the scale of this emergency is staggering and the need is still great.
You can provide an emergency shelter for a refugee family in need
Help refugees by providing life-saving cash assistance
Provide tarpaulin sheets to waterproof six family’s shelters
Give a refugee family of five a temporary housing unit to keep them safe
The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.