Seven years after the Syria crisis began, women, children and men continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by enormous human suffering, relentless destruction and a blatant disregard for human rights.
“I can hear children crying as they listen to the thunderous shelling and mortars”. Moutaz Adham, Oxfam’s Country Director, Syria shares his view of the escalating Syrian crisis from on the ground in Damascus.
These refugees are living in camps or among local communities in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. In total, 12 million Syrians – more than half of the pre-war population – are in need of humanitarian assistance for basics like food, water and shelter. They are trying their best to survive and live their lives despite the hardship and devastating impacts of the war still raging in their homeland.
Millions of Syrian refugees, many already struggling to cope through their third or fourth winter displaced from their homes, have been hit with new misery as unusually harsh winter storms and torrential rain sweep across the Middle East.
With over three million refugees now having crossed into countries around Syria, governments from around the world are gathering today in Berlin for a conference on the response to the refugee crisis. Everyone who needs to escape must be able to flee to safety from the conflict.
This powerful new film from the #WithSyria campaign is nothing short of the real catastrophe that has been taking place for more than three years. Use your power to hold the UN Security Council to their word and help end the bombing of Syrian civilians.
Despite being the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the international response to the Syria Crisis is failing. Three and a half years on, the generosity of neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at breaking point, and refugees and poor communities are paying the price.
This week marks Eid, the important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that brings to an end the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. This is a bitter sweet celebration for millions of people as conflict continues across the Middle East.
Ayad came home from work that day to find his children crawling on the floor, unable to walk. When he found out what had happened, he knew in that moment they had to leave Syria. He couldn’t bear the idea of anything else happening to his children. Nawal and the children packed up their things and began the long journey to Lebanon.
What does it feel like to be a refugee, forced to flee to an unfamiliar country and dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive? How do you know where to turn, who to trust for accurate information and how to meet the basic needs of your family?