Syria

13.5m

people require humanitarian assistance

6.3m

people are internally displaced

69%

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

5.1m

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.

Meet Kieren, our middle east response director

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.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Parcels

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

Refugees

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

Parcels

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

  • Syria rubble

    Rising from the ruins

    After eight years of intense fighting, communities in Syria are re-emerging from the rubble. Tearfund’s Middle East Response Director, Kieren Barnes,…

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Where we're working