2014 Recap: A Dire Year for Syrian Refugees

CARE looks back on the last 12 months working with Syrian refugees. 

SYRIA: Images From Inside

An illustration of the life Syrian refugees left behind, images shared with CARE Syrian refugee volunteers, as captured by their family who have remained behind.

Young Voices From Syria

We asked five young Syrian refugees to share their dreams and a message to the world. What they had to say was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

More than 2.8 million people have fled the country

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Country Info

CARE began operating in Syria in 2013 by providing lifesaving emergency assistance to people affected by the conflict in Syria. We are providing food and emergency supplies to families, psychosocial support to children and emergency medical equipment and support for women.

Our Work in Syria

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

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Get The Facts

Four million children are devastated and an entire generation is at risk.

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Press Release

"Words alone are not enough.”

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Almost half of the population of Syria is displaced or in need of assistance.

Latest News from JordanSyria

“Sometimes we only had dry bread and water”: Volunteering Brings Life and Hope to Azraq Camp

“Sometimes we only had dry bread and water”: Volunteering Brings Life and Hope to Azraq Camp

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Thunayya is one of some 20,000 Syrian refugees residing in Azraq camp, and one of 1,800 participating in an incentive-based volunteer program in the camp, according to a recent assessment by CARE International in Jordan.

One year ago, Thunayya fled her city of Al Qunaytra and the war that enveloped it. She has lived in the camp ever since. Today she is volunteering as a cleaner, earning about US$8.50 per day. At the age of 48, this is the first time Thunayya has ever worked, as she must now provide for herself and her 85-year old father, her only dependent.

"Need is the Mother of All Invention”: Syrian refugees using innovation to improve their lives

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Aeed Aloosh, 50, sits in the relative cool of his shelter, protected from the sweltering desert temperatures outside.  Using found materials, he and his sons have improved the insulation in their shelters, adding a layer to better protect them from the heat and cold, blocked spaces where winter rains were leaking in, and built cupboards to store their few belongings.  They have shaded their windows from the sun, while still allowing a flow of air through the small living space.  It is nothing compared to their home in Syria, but they have done what they can to make it comfortable.  Outside

Syria Crisis: A Mother Negotiates the Space Between her Family’s Wellbeing and Child Labor

In April 2012, Fairouz*, 27, fled her home near Homs in Syria, with her husband and five children.  Their house had been bombed and there was little left but to escape with their lives.  When they arrived in Jordan, they stayed only one night in Zaatari camp before Jordanian relatives sponsored them, providing them with “bail-out,” so the family could move to an urban center. But life in the city was not easier. 

Syria Crisis: Building Community Between Refugees

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Two years ago Hayat’s* life was turned upside down when her husband was taken by authorities. She has not heard from him since. At the time, they were living with their four daughters in his family’s village near Kobane, Syria. 

Originally from Damascus, she was far from her own relatives and after his disappearance, left to raise their children alone with her mother-in-law. One day last fall, Hayat woke up to find the village abandoned.  

Syria Crisis: CARE Empowers Refugees with Hope

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“I don’t want to be an unheard refugee, feeling so weak, not doing anything.”

Seated in a circle, surrounded by a handful of Syrian refugee volunteers, Motaz leads an ad-hoc conversation addressing psychosocial issues. Each person takes a moment to reflect before sharing their comments. The small group meets weekly with Motaz and other Syrian volunteers as they follow a prepared course of training.  

Syria Crisis: "We want to return..."

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On a cold and wet spring day in a rural community in north Lebanon, near Tripoli, a woman in sandals greets her visitors and immediately apologizes for the smell. Her family has found refuge in a shelter on a chicken farm. They are staying in what was previously used as a shed for animals.

Khadija and her husband, Mahdi, fled the conflict in Syria two and a half years ago. “Our village was under siege,” explains Hadija. “There was a lot of bombing. We had to leave.”