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.

More than 2.8 million people have fled the country

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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 Syria

Mediterranean migrant boat tragedies show Syria crisis response insufficient

I Used to Live in a Palace

Sabeen is a Palestinian refugee from Syria who fled to Lebanon a year and a half ago with eight of her children, a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.  A son and a brother were left behind in Syria.  The son wanted to join them but was unable to get a visa. He tried to smuggle himself into the country but was arrested, detained for two months, and sent back to Syria.  This family might not be in Lebanon much longer anyway. All family members have expired Lebanese visas and are vulnerable to refoulement, or forced return to Syria.

I Came Here Because I Need Peace and a Hospital

For three Syrian women who escaped the war, the main thing about Azraq refugee camp is that people are not trying to kill each other. “I cannot see more violence” says Safa (20).

Inside one of thousands of identical white metal huts in the desert, three Syrian women sit on their respective mattresses, handed to them by the UN refugee agency. They have terrible stories to tell.

Syria Crisis: 83 percent of Syria's lights extinguished after four years of crisis

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Eighty-three percent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict there, a global coalition of humanitarian and human rights organisations has revealed ahead of the fourth anniversary on March 15.

Analysing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China and the University of Maryland, in co-operation with the #WithSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organisations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

US News & World Report: The Challenge of the Syria Response

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As the conflict in Syria rages on, people continue to flee the violence often with just the clothes on their backs. There are now 7.6 million people displaced inside Syria and more than 3 million refugees in neighboring countries throughout the Middle East region.

This is the worse humanitarian crisis that’s happened in three decades, and aid agencies are operating with minimal resources to respond to the escalating humanitarian needs. Urgent funding is needed to meet even the most basic needs like food and hygiene.

Syrian Refugees: A Mother's Struggle to Provide for her Children

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The Syrian conflict has affected the lives of millions of people, many of who are women and children. Five months ago, Rahma’s life was disrupted, as she had to flee to Lebanon with her family to escape the war. Rahma lives in the village of Ch’him in Mount Lebanon in a small basement apartment below a four-story building, which looks like it might collapse at any moment. Walking down the tilted stairs to her apartment you can see cracks in the ground. The unbearable smell of garbage wafts through the window, as the site had previously been used as dumping ground.

As Temperatures Plummet the Crisis in Syria Becomes Dire

Winter weather has come early to Lebanon this year. Heading into December, several weeks of intermittent heavy rain have replenished many of the subterranean aquifers, also bringing snowfall to the ridges of Mount Lebanon and the Beka’a area.

For many, the seasonal look of the peaks and higher valleys will recall the familiar images of Christmas found on greetings cards and elsewhere. But for the thousands of homeless refugees in Lebanon, this winter is far from cozy as temperatures plummet, even in the coastal areas.

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