Syrian Refugee Crisis
CARE Warns of Mass Displacement as an Offensive Is Launched
As Turkey begins a new military operation in northern Syria, CARE is deeply concerned about the risk any escalation in violence will pose to civilians. It is crucial that the protection of civilians is held paramount and that their freedom of movement is maintained.
About the crisis in Syria
Over the last eight years, intense fighting in Syria has forcibly displaced more people than any other country. At least 13 million, more than half the country’s population, remain displaced, in our outside Syria, missing, or in need for assistance, over half of whom are children. More than 5.6 million Syrians remain registered refugees in neighboring, developing countries. The vast majority of Syrian refugees in the region (more than 80 percent) live outside designated refugee camps, in urban areas among locals, usually in poor neighborhoods where they can afford the rent, adding up to the already stretched, vulnerable infrastructures, and putting more pressure on basic resources such as health and education. Syrian refugees are struggling to meet the most basic needs, having left everything behind. Additionally, the executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. puts the lives of those fleeing conflict and persecution at immediate risk.
What CARE is doing
CARE supports vulnerable people caught in the conflict in Syria through the distribution of relief supplies such as food baskets, hygiene and baby kits, dignity kits for the elderly, and kitchen sets. During harsh winter, our partners have supported families with mattresses, blankets, floor covering, and children’s clothing. CARE’s partners also work with health clinics, providing primary care as well as maternal and reproductive health support for women to increase access to health care for Syrian communities affected by the conflict.
In addition to incredible humanitarian needs, in such a protracted conflict there is also an urgent need to rebuild livelihoods, encourage social cohesion and resilience to help people cope with a long-term crisis. Together with partners, CARE has developed programs which contribute to strengthening the resilience of communities affected by the crisis, providing families with early recovery and livelihoods support, including agricultural production, cash for work, women economic empowerment, microfinance and psychosocial support programming. Additionally, CARE and its Syrian partner organizations provides access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene.
CARE works in the northern region of Syria, largely with partners. For the safety of our partners and staff, we do not disclose exact locations. CARE has reached over 1 million people in Syria, including more than 650,000 women and some 500,000 men, between July 2018 and June 2019. In total, CARE has reached more than 4.5 million people in Syria since 2014.
Updated October 10, 2019
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