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Syria crisis

The crisis in Syria has already continued for over six years and humanitarian needs have continued to grow. With an estimated 13.5 million people in need, Syria has become the defining humanitarian emergency of recent times.

The situation

Most of the population in Syria has been affected by violence. The ongoing fighting has taken a tremendous toll on families who have been forced to move, often multiple times.


6.3 million

6.3 million people have been internally displaced due to violence. Many of them have had to move multiple times.

13 million

13 million people need emergency health care.

15 million

At least 15 million people are in need of water and sanitation.

7 million

7 million people, almost half the entire population in the country, does not have enough food to survive.

About 4.8 million Syrians have registered as refugees in neighbouring countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. The National Societies of these countries have specific programmes to provide assistance to Syrians, as well as support to the communities that are hosting them.



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Red Cross and Red Crescent response

The IFRC has an emergency appeal to support Syrian Arab Red Crescent in reaching people who are in need of help. Syrian Arab Red Crescent reaches between 4 and 5 million women, men, children and elderly each month.

Food assistance

Half of the population living in Syria does not have or is at risk of not having access to affordable and nutritious food. Tens of thousands of children are acutely malnourished. Syrian Arab Red Crescent is distributing food parcels to the affected populations.

Medial assistance

Almost six years of conflict has left Syria’s hospitals and infrastructure severely damaged. Syrian Arab Red Crescent is the key health care provider in Syria, providing free basic and emergency health care. The Red Crescent is the only humanitarian actor that has been able to run health services also in the hard-to-reach areas.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Syrian Arab Red Crescent plays a key role in ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Providing people with hygiene kits is one of the priorities for maintaining health of vulnerable people.


The Red Crescent provides the internally displaced people with basic shelter and household items such as mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags, tarpaulins and kitchen sets. Winter in Syria is extremely cold and therefore these items are crucial for the people who have had to leave their homes.

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