12th October 2019 - The situation in northeastern Syria is escalating and more Syrian people could be forced to leave everything behind.

Hundreds of thousands who have already endured eight years of war now risk being caught in the middle of military action on the border with Turkey.

UNHCR teams are on the ground ready to respond should things worsen, but with needs likely to rise and our response only 35% funded so far, we cannot do this alone.

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After eight years of conflict, Syria remains the largest refugee crisis in the world. More than half the country’s population has been uprooted from their homes since the conflict began in 2011. Over 5.6 million people have fled to neighbouring countries, while 6.2 million remain displaced inside Syria. Most live in extreme poverty, unable to feed their children, access healthcare or keep a roof over their heads.

Inside the country, civilians remained trapped in besieged areas in northeast Syria. Since fighting escalated in December, over 50,000 people have managed to escape, seeking shelter in the already overcrowded Al Hol camp. The majority making the harrowing journey to safety were women and children.

Conditions remain desperate for more than 40,000 people stranded near the Jordan border in Rukban settlement. Families are living in makeshift shelters with little privacy, clean water is extremely limited, and there is no access to healthcare or education. At least eight young children have died in the last month.

UNHCR is on the ground in Syria and neighbouring countries providing life-saving supplies, shelter, healthcare and protection services. But we need your help to continue.

You can help provide Syrian families with:

  • Shelter, food, medicine and other life-saving supplies
  • Fuel for heating, thermal blankets and warm clothes
  • Access to healthcare services and schools so that Syrian children aren’t forced to miss out on their education
Support the Syrian Emergency

A woman flees with her children amid Turkish bombardment on Syria's northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border.

© UNHCR/ Ritzau Scanpix

"Syria is the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause of suffering for millions which should be garnering a groundswell of support around the world.” 
Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner

Your donations in action

Hussein and Fatima were excited to receive UNHCR’s relief items to support them in their day-to-day life


Supplies Supplies

A Syrian family in front of their tent in Za’atri refugee camp, Jordan


Shelter Shelter

Four-year-old twins Inas and Baylasan draw pictures of their family and home back in Syria


Protection Protection

A UNHCR field worker comforts a young Syrian boy who has just arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos

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