Syrian refugee crisis

A woman and her child take shelter as a Syrian air force jet bombs the streets surrounding her home in Aleppo. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

Approximately 12.2 million people are in need in Syria. Women and children have been particularly affected by the violence. Oxfam has reached over 1.6 million people impacted by the Syria crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  With your support we can reach more.

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As winter takes hold, conditions for those affected by the conflict in Syria continue to worsen.

Thanks to the Government of Canada donations made up to February 29, 2016 were matched dollar-for-dollar to the Syrian Emergency Relief Match Fund. Global Affairs Canada matched every eligible dollar, up to a total of $100 million, donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria.

The Situation

  • More than 220,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the Syrian conflict.
  • Over six million people have fled their homes and over four million Syrian refugees are living in neighbouring countries including Lebanon and Jordan.
  • In Syria alone more than 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance such as water, food, and shelter.
  • Women have been particularly affected by the violence in Syria and when they flee to neighbouring countries. Forced and child marriage, rape, and sexual harassment are common occurrences. Women and girls rarely report such incidents and so they occur with impunity.
  • Refugees are now citing a deteriorating economy and health system as reasons for flight, alongside the violence that continues to escalate across northern Syria and its western border. The steady arrival of families displaced by the conflict in neighboring countries is putting extreme pressure on local infrastructure and economies.

Oxfam is providing aid and long-term support to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the crisis.

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How Oxfam is helping

Oxfam has reached over 1.6 million people affected by the Syria crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Oxfam’s operations inside Syria focus on the provision of clean water to conflict affected populations through the rehabilitation of water infrastructure, water trucking and repairing of wells.

We reached nearly half a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves and vouchers for hygiene supplies.

Oxfam has built shower and toilet blocks in Zaatari refugee camp, informal settlements in Lebanon, on deserted routes used by people fleeing Syria and installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Piped water systems are being developed for Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp and in host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

We are helping families get the information they need about their rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services. 

Read more about Oxfam work in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

How you can help

With your support Oxfam and our partners can reach more families caught up in this crisis. Any donation, no matter how small, will help.

$42 could buy four blankets to keep babies warm. $85 could buy winter clothing to keep three children warm. $165 could buy a stove to protect a family from the cold.

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Campaigning for a political solution to the conflict

Providing life-saving support to the millions of people affected by this devastating conflict is essential but it is not enough. We have been campaigning and advocating for a sustainable and inclusive political solution since the beginning of the conflict. We continue to ask for an immediate cease-fire and call for all parties to the conflict to stop any arms transfers and guarantee humanitarian access.

Learn more

Syria Fair Share report, 2016

Civil Society Joint Statement ahead of Syria Donor Conference in London, February 2016

Report: Right to a Future: Empowering refugees from Syria and host  governments to face  a long-term crisis, November 2015

Syria Crisis: Emergency Response Update - September 2015

News release: Oxfam welcomes the Government of Canada’s Emergency Relief Fund for the Syrian Refugee Crisis

News release: 4 million Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries, July 9, 2015

News Release: Aid agencies give UN Security Council a 'failing grade' on Syria, March 15, 2015

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Ask World Leaders to Act now #withSyria

Report: Failing Syria: Assessing the Impact of UN Security Resolutions, March 12, 2015

News release: Aid agencies give UN Security Council a 'failing grade' on Syria, March 12, 2015



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Updated January 8, 2016