Syria

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.

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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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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 Syria

Syria Crisis: Building Community Between Refugees

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.” 

Childhood on Hold: Refugee Youth in Lebanon

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Play time with cousins, math and Arabic studies, a favorite electric bike: Sara*, 12, remembers her life in Syria before the conflict that has caused four million refugees to flee the country, and another seven million civilians to be displaced.

Sara’s family, her mother and brother, fled to Lebanon one year ago with her aunt, uncle, and grandmother. A year earlier, her father had been kidnapped by an armed group. They have not heard from him since.

Syria Crisis: Rescued Love Finds a Safe Haven

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Ibrahim and his wife Fatima fled their home in Idlib, Syria to Jordan and have been living in Azraq camp for only 15 days. While this is their first time in a refugee camp; life in Jordan is not completely new to Ibrahim. “I worked in farming in the Jordan valley and Mafraq, and used to live between Jordan and Syria,” says Ibrahim, 26. “But when the conflict started I remained in Jordan continuously for two years and a half.” However, Ibrahim returned to Syria for the sake of his true love.

Syria Crisis: Finding Home Elsewhere

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In April 2011, approximately one month after the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Fayez, his wife, and their six children had to flee their village in Homs. They remained displaced, moving from place to place across the country, for more than three years.  Then, on the third of May 2014, the family crossed into Jordan where they were taken immediately to Azraq refugee camp, which had opened a few days earlier.

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