people require humanitarian assistance


people are internally displaced


of people live in extreme poverty, defined as less than £1.45 a day


people have fled the country

About Syria

Conflict broke out in Syria in 2011. In the intervening years, it has become one of the most complex and tragic humanitarian situations in the world.

Over 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed, with more than one million injured. Some 6.3 million are internally displaced whilst 4.8 million have fled to other countries. Much of the nation has been devastated by the conflict with around half the population having now fled their homes. Four fifths of Syrians now live below the poverty line.

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How we do it

Food Security

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Emergency Response

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Our Work in Syria

Tearfund is responding to some of the many urgent and longer-term recovery needs in Syria. This comes after more than eight years of conflict, and the massive amount of human suffering that has followed.

Our work in Syria helps people to make a living, enables them to access basic services and protects their human rights. As always, we prioritise those who are most vulnerable.

Large areas of the nation have been devastated by conflict. Around 83 per cent of Syrians are living below the poverty line and roughly half the population have fled their homes. An estimated 6.2 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and over 5 million have fled the country.

Please note: Tearfund’s work in Syria falls under not-for-profit activities described and exempt from the sanctions of the United States Government under Syria General License No.11A. The provision of humanitarian assistance by Non-Governmental Organisations is exempt from the sanctions imposed on Syria.



have been distributed every month to meet people’s basic needs.


and their host communities have benefited from resources to help them prepare for and cope with the cold winter weather.


of health and hygiene products have been regularly distributed.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for Tearfund’s local partners, that they will be able to keep serving those most in need.
  • Pray for refugee mothers, many of whom have been deeply traumatised by their experiences in the last few years.
  • Pray for refugee children, many of whom are facing an insecure future.

Stories from Syria

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