Syria Crisis

War in Syria has raged for well over a decade, displacing over 13 million Syrians and leaving over 14 million in need. Concern Worldwide is responding to the crisis by providing emergency relief inside Syria, while also working with refugees…

The Syrian Crisis: March 2022

The brutal Syrian conflict has created suffering for millions of people in Syria. Since early 2011, the Syrian conflict has resulted in enormous suffering for millions of people, displacing an estimated 13 million Syrians (more than half of the estimated pre-war population). Of the displaced Syrians, 5.4 million are living as refugees in neighboring countries — namely Turkey (3.8 million), Lebanon (nearly 840,000), Jordan (nearly 675,000), and Iraq (over 250,000).

With no end in sight, these refugees and IDPs have little prospect of returning home anytime soon. Stability is the only way for Syrians to rebuild their lives. Every political and diplomatic effort is needed to avert a situation that will result in further displacement and bloodshed. 

Concern Worldwide is working to help the Syrian crisis, with vulnerable populations both inside Syria and with refugees and host families in Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq, to deliver life-changing assistance through projects in education, livelihoods, protection, food security, and water and sanitation. 

As conflict continues with no end in sight, we are also coming into the winter season, where temperatures drop to 0° Fahrenheit, which will add to the plight of families struggling to meet basic needs. 

Our Response

Syria

An estimated 14.6 million people inside Syria require humanitarian assistance. As of 2022, more than 8 in 10 people live below the poverty line, with coping mechanisms severely depleted and basics like food, education, and shelter becoming harder and harder to access. 

Concern Worldwide has been responding to the crisis in Syria since 2013. Our teams on the ground are providing food and non-food items, including plastic sheeting, floor mats, solar lights, and blankets. Maintaining a very rapid emergency response, our turnaround time is generally two days for assessment and distribution. 

Reaching people in need is extremely difficult as the front-lines constantly change and human rights abuses and violations continue on a staggering scale.

Livelihoods and cash support

In order to offer Syrians greater dignity and freedom of choice, we’ve provided restricted cash vouchers to over 337,000 people. These vouchers give them the option to select items that match their individual priorities, while also supporting struggling local markets. The most vulnerable and low-income households are supported through our Cash-for-Work Activities, and in areas where there is a degree of stability, we are supporting communities to recover through agriculture assistance, as well as vocational and technical training. 

Child well-being and education

With an eye towards child welfare, our protection programs have reached the youngest generations of Syrians. Many of these children have suffered from exposure to violence and/or experienced multiple displacements. Child-friendly spaces provide psychosocial support and a safe, caring environment. This helps to tackle the trauma children are processing caused by the conflict through stimulating activity-based learning. 

Water, sanitation, and hygiene

The lack of clean water is one of the most pressing concerns in Syria because of the high risk of waterborne disease outbreaks such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery. The situation is compounded by the disruption of sanitation services due to damage from conflict and a lack of funds for operations and maintenance of existing systems. Our water, sanitation and hygiene programs include water supply and sanitation rehabilitation, solid waste removal for environmental health, and initiatives to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.

Lebanon

We became operational in Lebanon in 2013 following a massive influx of refugees from Syria. We have been responding ever since to the increasing humanitarian needs to what was, at its peak, a community of 1.5 million refugees and overstretched local host populations in northern Lebanon. The influx increased the country’s population by more than 25%. 

A country of four million people, Lebanon saw its population increase by more than 25 percent since the influx of Syrian refugees into its borders began in 2011.

We are working hard to alleviate suffering for both refugees and over-stretched host communities in Lebanon through shelter, water, and sanitation, livelihoods, education and protection activities.

Turkey

Over 3.8 million Syrians are currently seeking refuge in Turkey, more than any other country. The protracted nature of the Syrian crisis has given rise to a need to find longer-term solutions for Syrians in Turkey and host populations. In doing so, we are increasingly working with local and national level government authorities to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and the host population through education, livelihoods and protection activities.

Help the victims of Syria’s civil war

Concern’s work in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq has reached hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been torn apart by more than a decade of conflict. With your help, we can do even more.

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