Syria Crisis

The Syrian civil war is now in its seventh year with no end in sight. Concern is on the ground in Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey providing life-changing support—and you can help.

Syria Crisis: Concern’s Response

We are now in the seventh year of the horrific regional crisis sparked by Syria’s deadly civil war. More than 13.5 million people inside Syria are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.6 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. Nearly 6.3 million people remain displaced within the country; and more than 5 million are refugees seeking safety in other countries—one million in Lebanon and three million in Turkey alone. Tragically, more than 300,000 are dead, with no end to the conflict in sight.

Samar with her four children outside their makeshift shelter at Kwashra informal settlement. She, her husband, and four children fled Syria after their house was destroyed. "I hope Syria goes back to how it was and we can go home," she says. Photo: Crystal Wells

Samar with her four children outside their makeshift shelter at Kwashra informal settlement. She, her husband, and four children fled Syria after their house was destroyed. “I hope Syria goes back to how it was and we can go home,” she says. Photo: Crystal Wells

We continue to see heartbreaking images flash across our TV and computer screens as thousands are risking their lives to make their way to Europe by land and sea.

The only way out of the crisis is through a negotiated political solution. Until there is peace, Concern will be working to meet the needs of the Syrian people across the region.

Inside Syria, we have provided access to clean water for 130,000 people through the rehabilitation of existing water supply networks. We have also provided tens of thousands of people with hygiene kits containing soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nail clippers, hair combs, and personal hygiene items as well as diapers for small children. The kits are intended to support a family of six people for approximately one month.

A Syrian refugee girl in an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border in Akkar district, north Lebanon. Some of the people living there were in the process of relocating to another area because they have repeatedly experienced cross-border shelling from Syria into Lebanon. Photo: Crystal Wells

A Syrian refugee girl in an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border in Akkar district, north Lebanon. Some of the people living there were in the process of relocating to another area because they have repeatedly experienced cross-border shelling from Syria into Lebanon. Photo: Crystal Wells

We have also provided food and supplies to help people cope with the cold weather during the winter months.

In neighboring Lebanon and Turkey, we have been providing refugees with shelter, as well as access to safe, clean water. Eighty percent of school-aged refugees are not in school, so we are also supporting the education of refugee children in Turkey and Lebanon.

The only way out of the crisis is through a negotiated political solution. Until there is peace, Concern will be working to meet the needs of the Syrian people across the region.

As Lebanon continues to see rising numbers of refugees enter the country, various tensions are brewing between the two communities, and we are implementing programs to reduce those tensions. Issues such as increased rent prices due to the additional demand, reduced quantity of available resources, such as water, and differences in culture are some of the difficult areas that have been identified.

Concern is working to bring the two communities together. One way we have done this is through Youth Leadership Clubs. One of these led to Syrian and Lebanese children spending a day at a sports center where they engaged in team sports and group activities.

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