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

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

“The biggest humanitarian emergency of our time”

After seven years of conflict in Syria, the UN have stopped counting the dead. Best estimates suggest the figure is over 470,000.

An average of 100 people have been killed each day since the start of the conflict in 2011.

The survivors are desperately in need: more than 5 million refugees – a quarter of Syria’s pre-war population – have fled the country. A further 13.5 million remain displaced within Syria or desperately in need of aid as they struggle to survive.

Tragically, over half of those affected 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”.

The appalling attack on civilians in Eastern Ghouta shows the ongoing horror for people inside Syria. This must stop.

Syrian families desperately need your help. Please donate today:

Update on Eastern Ghouta Attack

Syrian humanitarian organisations have been forced to halt the delivery of life-saving aid to thousands of people in Eastern Ghouta following the heavy bombardment of the area near Damascus.

The violence has pushed civilians, including aid workers, into underground shelters, and more than 300 civilians have been killed.
“The situation inside Ghouta is catastrophic,” said Dr Hamza, a doctor in Eastern Ghouta. “The amount of terror we are going through cannot be described.

“I just treated a woman in her 20s who spoke her last words just three hours ago. She was seven months pregnant and we couldn’t save her.

We need immediate and concrete actions to stop the slaughter and end this misery. CARE’s first priority is to reach families worst affected by the brutal war.

CARE’s Country Director for Syria, Wouter Schaap, said the escalating violence had made it impossible to get aid into the area. “Civilians are deprived of food and medicine and are facing hunger and death,” Mr Schaap said. “If a ceasefire is not reached now, we will be facing a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Syrian refugees need your help now

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.

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

CARE has reached over 2.7 million people affected by the Syria Crisis in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Syria, but we still need your help to continue to support the millions more in need.

Your donation today can help CARE provide lifesaving 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.


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

CARE’s response


Syria represents the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time. 13.5 million Syrians inside the country are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 5.8 million children. Intense fighting around the country is causing further problems to an already beleaguered populace.

As neighbouring countries restrict admission on their borders thousands of refugees are becoming stranded at the border in poor conditions with insufficient support.

CARE is working in Syria on the distribution of relief supplies such as emergency food and hygiene kits. CARE is also supporting the renovation of two water treatment plants. CARE’s partners are distributing mattresses and blankets to thousands of affected people.

In addition to immediate humanitarian needs, CARE is developing resilience programs, providing families with livelihoods support, and microfinance.

So far, CARE has assisted more than 2.7 million people in Syria.

From CARE’s blog: Aleppo aid worker: ‘I’m doing this for my country and my people’


More than 3.1 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 65,000 people so far.

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


More than 117,500 Syrians have 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 more than 24,000 people so far.

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


More than 1 million Syrians escaping violence in their homeland are seeking refuge in Lebanon whose total population is only four million.

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 110,000 Syrian refugees and 180,000 vulnerable Lebanese people have been assisted so far.

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


More than 656,000 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 325,000 Syrian refugees, 52,000 vulnerable Jordanians, 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.


More than 62,000 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

Serbia and Croatia

Refugees attempting to reach Germany and Austria are abandoning the traditional route through Hungary and opting to cross through the Balkan countries of Serbia and Croatia.

Currently, there are 7,400 refugees stranded in Serbia. Many have no accommodation forcing them to find shelter in public parks or abandoned buildings.

CARE operates in these countries to ensure refugees are looked after. We have reached 231,500 refugees with help including food and hot meals, warm clothes and hygiene items.

From CARE’s blog: CARE assists Syrian children reaching Serbia

Other resources and highlights

Donate by phone

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. 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.