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Where is Syria?

Syria is a country in the Middle East bordered by Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq and Jordan

Our impact


Conflict broke out in Syria in 2011. Ten years on, this has turned into one of the most complex and tragic humanitarian situations in the world. About 45 per cent of Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, and around 5.6 million of these have fled to foreign countries.

Within Syria, there are an estimated 13.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly 90 per cent of Syrians now live below the poverty line. The cost of food and other essentials has risen by more than 200 per cent since the beginning of 2020, leaving millions of people struggling to survive.

Tearfund's local partner in Aleppo, Syria, distributing food and hygiene packs. Credit: Tearfund partner

Our work in Syria

In the face of extreme challenges, Tearfund is supporting Syrians to meet their basic needs and recover emotionally from the trauma they have experienced. We work with local partner organisations to focus on:

  • Providing clean water and hygiene supplies to families who have been forced from their homes.
  • Providing psychological support for children and adults.
  • Offering vocational training for young people and adults in poor communities.
  • Supporting children in juvenile detention facilities, including providing emotional support, education and vocational skills training, and food, clothing and hygiene supplies.

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