On 16 September 2014, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, 188,000 refugees are reported to have flooded...
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.
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Four million children are devastated and an entire generation is at risk.
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Almost half of the population of Syria is displaced or in need of assistance.
Syria Refugee Crisis
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has affected more than 9.3 million people, including 4 million children. We’re working to help the more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees struggling to survive.
More than 2 million Syrians have fled their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency. With nowhere to go and often with just the clothes on their backs, many end up in refugee camps that are both overcrowded and overwhelmed. Many organizations are offering supplies, shelter and medical care for the people displaced by the crisis and you can help.
A dozen Syrian girls, ages 12 to 16, mainly refugees from the flattened city of Homs, sit in a semicircle. Their heads are covered. They are naturally reticent in dealing with a male foreigner. But they eventually warm up, talking about their escapes, their plans for school and Syrian pop stars.
The UN says more than 2 million refugees have left Syria. But while up to 70,000 refugees fled to Jordan in early 2013, the stream has dwindled to a trickle. Aid workers believe the Jordanian government has closed the border, but Jordan says it's due to Syrian fighting.
The political and diplomatic crisis in Syria have caught the world's attention. But the continuing conflict is also producing a humanitarian crisis: millions of refugees. And the world is only now becoming aware of the scale of the problem.
The Atlanta-based relief organization CARE is again trying to help. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with CARE's president and CEO, Dr. Helene Gayle.