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SinceNow in its tenth year, Syria has been experiencing an increasingly violent and pervasive situation of conflict. The humanitarian situation has reached an unprecedented scale with more than half the country's population having faced extreme violence, leading to loss of life, injuries and displacement. 
 Now the country is also grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, with the spread of the virus posing an additional threat to their lives. 
Irish Red Cross

Since 2011, according to the United Nations over 6.6 million Syrians have fled into the neighbouring countries and North Africa and an equal number have been forced out of their homes but are trapped within the country. Most families have left their homes with very few possessions and, as the situation continues to deteriorate and conflict continues, their vulnerability increases further.

The ongoing armed conflict and instability continue to exact a heavy toll on the entire civilian population. Some 11 million people continue to require life-saving aid, of which women and children represent a substantial proportion.

As the needs of Syrians caught in the conflict continue to increase, so does the response of the Red Cross Red Crescent network.

Funds raised by the Irish Red Cross Syria Appeal, continues to support Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and our other partners in providing humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict to help them cope with the situation.

Most families have left their homes with very few possessions and, as the situation continues to deteriorate and conflict continues, their vulnerability increases further.

The ongoing armed conflict and instability continue to exact a heavy toll on the entire civilian population. Some 13.5 million people continue to require life-saving aid, of which women and children represent a substantial proportion.

As the needs of Syrians caught in the conflict continue to increase, so does the response of the Red Cross Red Crescent network.

Funds raised by the Irish Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal, continue to support Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and our other partners in providing humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict to help them cope with the situation.  

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Response

Since the beginning of the unrest, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has been responding to the biggest humanitarian crisis in decades. Often putting their lives at risk, SARC volunteers transverse Syria and bordering countries to deliver critical aid to millions of people.

SARC staff and volunteers distribute relief to 4.5 million people each month through food and non-food items, and support in water and sanitation in places where the water supply system is damaged or has stopped functioning.

Through its extensive network of health facilities and ambulances, SARC also provides emergency and primary health care services in areas with limited access to health care and areas where people are trapped by the conflict.

Food security and maintaining livelihoods remains a priority in the Red Cross Red Crescent response to the crisis and since the beginning of 2020, over 600,000 people have been helped through food and assistance programmes.

Collective kitchens provided meals for over 70,000 people daily and 260,000 vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with disabilities, benefited from the Red Cross emergency food assistance.

The Red Cross / Red Crescent field hospital in Al Hop camp in Al Hassekeh has provided medical service to the population of over 60,000 people and more than 570,000 patients have been treated at 27 Red Cross supported mobile health units and polyclinics.

The only organisation with an outreach extending across the country, SARC continues, in risky and often life-threatening conditions, to provide urgent assistance to those affected by the unrest and in need of assistance.

With the protracted nature of the crisis and no political solution in sight to the conflict, humanitarian needs in Syria continue to grow. You can contribute to our ongoing efforts by donating to the Irish Red Cross Syria Appeal.

*Last updated July 2020

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