Syria Crisis: 8 Years of the Syrian War

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Syria Crisis: 8 Years of the Syrian War

In March 2011 in Syria, many people were hurriedly packing their bags, to escape a brutal conflict that would become the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.

Eight years on into the emergency, Syria’s conflict has driven over five and a half million people into exile across the region and displaced another six million inside the country. Through it all – thanks to your support – UNHCR has been on the ground to help those forced to flee, while calling on all parties to find a peaceful resolution.

The People of Syria

Syria accounts for the world’s largest number of forcibly displaced people with over half of its population forced to flee.

Syrian families everywhere continue to demonstrate their courage and resilience, making huge sacrifices to put their children’s needs first, turning their temporary shelters into homes, showing their entrepreneurial spirit and their deep desire to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity.

Why is your help needed?

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, over half of the country’s population has been forced to flee their homes. Most seek refuge elsewhere in the country, if they can.

Eight years into the crisis, UNHCR teams are still on the ground day in and day out, helping to identify and assist those most in need. We are the primary UN agency leading on protection and community services, shelter and the distribution of essential relief items inside Syria.

We couldn’t do it without the donations of caring people like you.


Inside Syria

In 2018, three major emergency situations in Eastern Ghouta (Rural Damascus), Afrin (Aleppo) and the south of Syria

(Dar’a and Quneitra) led to continued internal displacement and loss of lives. UNHCR is present inside Syria focusing on the following: provision of emergency life-saving assistance to internally displaced persons, continued protection and assistance to IDPs, winterization, and the preparation for returns and response to immediate and urgent needs of spontaneous returnees.

Refugee Response

Most of the more than 5.6 million Syrians who are now refugees are hosted in just five neighboring countries:

  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Turkey
  • Iraq
  • Egypt

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