Syrian refugee crisis

A woman and her child take shelter as a Syrian air force jet bombs the streets surrounding her home in Aleppo. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

Approximately 13.5 million people are in urgent need in Syria. Women and children have been particularly affected by the violence. Oxfam has reached over 1.6 million people impacted by the Syria crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  With your support we can reach more.

April 24, 2017

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The human suffering caused by the six years of civil war in Syria is overwhelming. We are helping those affected by the crisis, across Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan and in Greece, Serbia and Macedonia.

The Situation

  • More than 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance such as water, food, and shelter.
  • More than 400,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the Syrian conflict.
  • Over half the country's population has fled: 4.8 million people have sought refuge in the region and beyond, and 6.3 million Syrians are internally displaced
  • 7 million people are unable to obtain basic food required to meet their needs; and a further 2 million lack enough to eat
  • Almost 60 per cent of the population requires health assistance, and more than half of public health care facilities are either closed or partially operational
  • 4.9 million Syrians are trapped in besieged or hard-to-reach areas where it is either impossible or extremely difficult to provide humanitarian aid 
  • Women have been particularly affected by the violence in Syria and when they flee to neighbouring countries. Forced and child marriage, rape, and sexual harassment are common occurrences. Women and girls rarely report such incidents and so they occur with impunity.
  • The steady arrival of families displaced by the conflict in neighboring countries is putting extreme pressure on local infrastructure and economies.

Oxfam is providing aid and long-term support to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the crisis.


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How Oxfam is helping

Oxfam has reached over 2 million people affected by the Syria crisis - refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as communities inside Syria.

Oxfam’s operations inside Syria focus on the provision of clean water to conflict affected populations through the rehabilitation of water infrastructure, water trucking and repairing of wells.

We reached nearly a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves and vouchers for hygiene supplies.

Oxfam has built shower and toilet blocks in Zaatari refugee camp, informal settlements in Lebanon, on deserted routes used by people fleeing Syria and installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Piped water systems are being developed for Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp and in host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

We are helping families get the information they need about their rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services. 

Read more about Oxfam work in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

How you can help

With your support Oxfam and our partners can reach more families caught up in this crisis. Any donation, no matter how small, will help.

$42 could buy four blankets to keep babies warm. $85 could buy winter clothing to keep three children warm. $165 could buy a stove to protect a family from the cold.

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Campaigning for a political solution to the conflict

Providing life-saving support to the millions of people affected by this devastating conflict is essential but it is not enough. We have been campaigning and advocating for a sustainable and inclusive political solution since the beginning of the conflict. We continue to ask for an immediate cease-fire and call for all parties to the conflict to stop any arms transfers and guarantee humanitarian access.

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Thanks to the Government of Canada donations made up to February 29, 2016 were matched dollar-for-dollar to the Syrian Emergency Relief Match Fund. Global Affairs Canada matched every eligible dollar, up to a total of $100 million, donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria.

Updated December 21, 2016