EMERGENCY IN NORTHERN SYRIA

Two months since the start of the escalation of conflict in north-east Syria, thousands of families continue to face dire conditons amid renewed clashes and dropping temperatures.

More than 200,000 people have been forced to leave everything behind, the majority of which are women and children. They fled with barely any of their belongings, and many are in dire need of warm clothing and the basic essentials. 

UNHCR remains one of the few agencies on the ground to provide emergency aid to those who need it most. So far we have been able to help 196,000 people in camps and communal shelters, but with needs likely to rise as winter descends on the region and our response only 28% funded, 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, particularly as temperatures start to drop during the winter months.

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
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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

 

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

 

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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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