“Families spoke of years of suffering, and they are exhausted. Yet I also witnessed their strength and determination to rebuild their lives.”
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
More than 13 million people are displaced, either inside Syria or in neighbouring countries.
Inside Syria, more than three-quarters of households are unable to meet their basic needs, and food insecurity is at record highs, with millions of people going hungry every day.
In some areas, fighting has abated, but people are unable to return home as buildings and utilities have been destroyed and landmines continue to pose a significant threat.
Countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have generously hosted Syrian refugees for years. But these countries are facing their own economic pressures.
Nawal is a Syrian refugee and a mother of five living in Jordan. She became the sole provider for her children after her husband passed away.
Cash assistance from UNHCR has helped with crucial supplies to keep her family safe and warm.
57-year-old Samar, a widow and mother of nine, returned to her home city of Deir-ez-Zor eight years after she fled along with hundreds of thousands of other residents.
Three-quarters of the infrastructure in eastern Syria’s largest city was damaged or destroyed during years of conflict.
When Samar saw her house for the first time since returning, she could barely recognise what remained of it. The doors and windows were all gone, and the roof and walls were badly damaged.
UNHCR repaired Samar’s home, and installed water and sanitation equipment.
The repairs have given Samar and her children some much-needed stability and comfort while they try to re-establish themselves.
“My husband built this house with his own hands,” Samar says. “The only thing that makes me happy is that I am [back] living in my house and my neighbourhood, with the memories of my life with my husband and my children.”
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.
Your gift can provide cash assistance to help families cover basic survival costs like rent and medicine.
Your gift can provide essential items like mattresses, blankets and kitchenware.
Your gift can rehabilitate schools to provide children with a brighter future.
For Nour, this means pursuing her dream of becoming a surgeon one day.
After 11 years, Syria remains the world’s largest refugee crisis. More than 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee conflict in their country since 2011 and another 6.9 million people remain internally displaced. The vast majority have found refuge in neighbouring countries, primarily in Türkiye, Lebanon and Jordan. Germany is the largest non-neighbouring host country, with more than 620,000 Syrian refugees.
The Syrian refugee crisis is the result of civil war, which broke out in March 2011, and forced millions of Syrian families to flee their homes. Eleven years later, the number of Syrian refugees has hardly declined and more than 13.4 million people still need humanitarian assistance - including 5.9 million who are in acute need.
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.