RI working to aid war-weary Syrian refugees

Young Syrian boy in a refugee camp.
Young Syrian boy in a refugee camp.

From Rotary International

The wave of Arab unrest that began in Tunisia in December 2010 reached Syria in the spring of 2011, when conflict broke out between the Syrian government and opposition groups who took to the streets in protest.

More than 2 million refugees have fled from Syria to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt due to the crisis — one of the largest refugee population movements in recent history.

The scale of humanitarian emergency is growing as thousands of Syrians continue to cross the border each day seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Moreover, it is estimated there are more than 6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and upwards of 9.3 million people (nearly half the population) in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

Many Syrian children have missed months and possibly years of school due to violence or displacement and are in need of psycho-social support to cope with trauma. Furthermore, the crisis has had dramatic impacts on the Syrian economy, as well as on those of surrounding countries, where IDP, refugee, and host communities alike suffer from a rise in prices coupled with increasingly limited access to even basic goods and services.

In 2012, Relief International set up operations in Jordan and Lebanon to assist Syrian refugees living both in camps and host communities which bear an enormous social and economic burden from taking in a majority of refugees fleeing Syria. Over the past year, RI has scaled up its response to provide vital services in education, water and sanitation hygiene, and non-food items distribution as well as an expansion of activities to assist Syrian refugees in Iraq. RI’s programs are helping meet the needs of more than 400,000 Syrians.

How You Can Help

To donate to our Syrian Humanitarian Response fund and help support Syrian families, please visit http://www.ri.org/donate/SyriaHumanitarianResponse for details.


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