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Nearly five million Syrians have fled conflict in their homeland. Over half are children.

Nearly five million Syrians have fled conflict in their homeland. Over half are children.

“The biggest humanitarian emergency of our time”

Five years of conflict in Syria and the UN have stopped counting the dead. Best estimates suggest that the figure is already over 400,000.

The survivors are desperately in need: almost five million refugees have fled the country. Six million more remain displaced within Syria, having left behind their homes, jobs, friends and family for a life of uncertainty and desperate survival.

Sadly, over half of the refugees are children.

The UN states that the crisis faced by the Syrian people is “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time” and that Syria is the “most dangerous place in the world for civilians”.

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Desperate to flee the violence in their homeland, thousands have died at sea or perished on land. Of those still in Syria, 13.5 million women, children and their families urgently need assistance, with almost 70 per cent lacking access to adequate drinking water.

Through our national partners, CARE is delivering emergency aid, shelter kits, and food parcels to displaced families in areas under siege within Syria.

CARE is on the ground in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Greece where thousands of refugees are crossing the borders each day. We have reached over 1.5 million Syrians who have fled to these countries, but we still need your help to continue to support the millions more in need.

Your donation today can help CARE provide life-saving basics such as food, clean water and shelter, as well as help us to distribute much-needed essentials to families living rough, including mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, baby items and hygiene kits.

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Impact on women and girls

More than 75 per cent of the refugees who have fled Syria are women and children. In conflict, women and girls are particularly vulnerable. Even in times of peace, it’s usually women who look after children, the sick, the injured and the elderly. When emergency strikes, this burden of care multiplies. The vulnerability and responsibilities of women are further increased by the loss of husbands and livelihoods, and the need to procure essentials for family survival. . From CARE’s blog: Indecent proposal: Syrian women exploited

More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children

Turkey

More than 2.7 million Syrians have fled to Turkey since the war began in 2011. CARE is coordinating with the Turkish authorities and other organisations to provide newly arrived refugees with food, blankets, clothing and hygiene items. We are also providing information on psychological support, early marriage and hygiene awareness. We have reached over 63,000 people so far.

From CARE’s blog: Syrian refugees flee to Turkey: ‘We cannot go back’

Egypt

As of July 2016, almost 115,000 Syrians had fled to Egypt to escape conflict in their homeland. CARE is assisting with vulnerable populations, in particular those at risk of Sexual Gender-Based Violence, providing legal and psycho-social support as well as transition shelter in emergency cases. Preventing child abuse is also a priority, with child protection awareness training held raising awareness within the community. Syrian refugees are also being helped with cash assistance, while livelihood training is helping to identify economic opportunities long-term. We have reached 15,200 people so far.

From CARE’s blog: Egypt: Overcoming oppression through theatre

Lebanon

More than 1 million Syrians escaping violence in their homeland are seeking refuge in Lebanon whose total population is only four million. Over 250,000 Syrian refugees have been assisted so far.

Of these refugees, 55 per cent live in poor shelters, such as informal tented settlements and sub-standard buildings. CARE is providing support through improving living conditions at informal tented settlements, rehabilitating substandard houses, planning ahead for assistance and advocating for support within the donor community. Syrian refugees are also being assisted with basic needs such as cash assistance, as well as food parcels and World Food Programme vouchers and access to water and sanitation. Over 150,000 Syrian refugees have been assisted so far.

From CARE’s blog: Childhood on hold – refugee youth in Lebanon.

Jordan

More than 650,000 Syrian refugees have now reached Jordan. CARE is working with those living in urban areas who need support to pay for basic living costs including rent, food and essential relief items. We also run vocational and livelihood training programs in collaboration with government and local partners. We have reached more than 461,000 people in Jordan, providing cash assistance, relief items and vital information on how to access health care and social support.

From CARE’s blog: Hospitality shines for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Greece

As of June 2016, 46,000 refugees, the majority of them women and children, are living in overcrowded camps and informal settlements throughout Greece without quality food, sanitary facilities or protection. There have been huge delays in the EU commitment to relocate refugees keeping thousands of families from having any idea when they might be able to move on to their destination countries and, in many cases, reunite with separated family members. CARE and its partner organisation Solidarity Now are providing cash vouchers to thousands of refugees who left everything behind when they fled the war in Syria so they can meet their immediate basic needs. We also plan to deliver clean water, hygiene kits and improve sanitation facilities in the coming months.

From CARE’s blog: Refugees Trapped in Greece

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Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. Download this form, print it out and mail it, including a cheque or credit card information CARE Australia Reply Paid 61843 Canberra ACT 2601 Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.