In December 2019, nearly one million vulnerable people fled fighting in northwest Syria – the biggest single displacement of people since the war began in 2011. The vast majority of those fleeing were women and children.

For some families this is their first year in displacement. For others, this is their tenth. Regardless of duration, UNHCR estimates that millions of people will be in urgent need of assistance to help them endure the most difficult and life-threatening time of the year – winter.

Stand with Syria

With harsh winter conditions compounded by February’s Storm Ciara, thousands in Idlib and Aleppo governorates are in dire need of blankets, tents and other essentials.

Many of them have been displaced several times before, leaving behind essential possessions in the rush to escape. Camps and settlements for the displaced are overcrowded, and shelter in existing houses is getting scarce too.

Syrian families need your help now more than ever.

After nine years of war, Syrians are already struggling to survive. More than half the country’s population has been uprooted from their homes since the war started in 2011. 

Over 5.6 million people have fled to neighbouring countries, while more than 6 million remain displaced inside Syria. Many live in extreme poverty, unable to feed their children, access healthcare or keep a roof over their heads.

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
"They’re looking up at the sky and wondering if the next bomb’s going to fall on them and wondering where they are going to sleep at night.” 
Mark Lowcock, UN Relief Chief

Your donations in action

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


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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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