Since the outbreak of violence in Syria in March 2011, the humanitarian situation has continuously deteriorated. The civilian population is suffering from the impact of armed violence, human rights violations, and increasing lack of access to food, water, and medical assistance. As the crisis escalates, mass displacement continues across Syria. According to UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 3.2 million people (670,000 families) have been internally displaced since the conflict began. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number is higher. In some cases, people are being displaced for a second time as former safe havens become affected by the violence.
Fear and lack of security is dominating daily life. Kidnapping, car bombs, suicide bombs, shelling, and bombardment have had terrible psychological, economic, and social implications; and have caused significant damage to structures and infrastructure. According to OCHA, the violence has claimed an estimate of 60,000 lives to date.
The humanitarian crisis will likely continue to intensify over the coming months, as suggested by the growing severity of the conflict in Syria, its spread across a greater geographical area, the onset of winter, and the variety of armed groups and actors involved.
Through the provision of relief supplies, World Relief aims to enable people to maintain their health and well-being throughout the evolving humanitarian crisis in Syria.
World Relief is helping to provide resources to both Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and host families.