Syria 5 years

Syria Crisis Appeal

In almost  6 years the Syria crisis has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern history of the Middle East region. Over 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid, around 6 million people have been internally displaced, and more than 3 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.

Our Impact

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 Click to download PDF of our detailed response in Syria

Click to download PDF of our detailed response in Syria

Few people could have predicted the scale of what would follow when civil society protests began in 2011 in Syria. Official figures from the United Nations put the death toll since 2011 at over a quarter of a million people, with over 10 million having fled their homes during the Syrian Crisis.

Islamic Relief has been responding to the Syria Crisis since 2011, working on the borders to provide people caught up in the violence with essential humanitarian aid. Since 2012, we have been working deep inside the country to reach vulnerable families.

Since the Syria conflict began Islamic Relief has delivered more than $184 million (R2.8 Billion) worth of aid inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, assisting millions of Syrians. We are distributing food packs, clothes and medical supplies to communities under siege within Syria and displaced people along the Turkish border. We are also running or supporting camps and providing livelihood programmes, education and psychosocial support for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. In Europe our teams are assisting Syrian refugees in Greece, Italy, Macedonia and Germany.

View detailed breakdown of response (pdf document)

Our comprehensive Syria Crisis emergency response includes:

  • Medical assistance
  • Food parcels and World Food Programme vouchers
  • Shelter and cash for rent
  • Water and sanitation
  • Essential items such as baby kits, blankets, clothing and heaters
  • Money to help refugee families meet their urgent basic needs
  • Livelihoods and education support
  • Psychosocial assistance for those displaced by the fighting
  • Essential aid and food supplies for Palestinians trapped in Yarmouk camp.

We also continue to push the international community for urgent action to end the conflict and to secure better humanitarian access in the war-torn country.

Why your help is needed

More than half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their country, while those who remain have often been displaced from their homes multiple times. At the end of 2014 64.7 per cent of the population lived in extreme poverty and could

not secure basic food and non-food items such as toiletries and kitchen utensils. Many are suffering from hunger and malnutrition, and some have even starved to death in besieged communities.

Islamic Relief has been responding to the Syria crisis since 2011. Today, we are working deep inside Syria to help those that most need assistance. We also provide much-needed support to vulnerable families seeking safety in nearby countries, working to ease their suffering and support host communities in meeting the needs of the new arrivals.

At a glance

  • Syria is now in its sixth year of conflict
  • Over 250,000 civilians have died
  • 13.5 million people in the country need humanitarian aid
  • Almost 5.1 million children are living in dire conditions inside Syria
  • 70% of Syrians lack access to clean water
  • More than four million people have fled the country – many of these are children
  • 1.7 million refugees require food assistance.

Islamic Relief donors are providing:

  • Food parcels: rice, sugar, bulgur, canned beans, lentils, za’atar, olive oil, cans of tuna, tahini sauce with molasses, flour, sweets.
  • Hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
  • Items, such as diapers, bottles, and food, for babies
  • Mattresses
  • Blankets
  • Medical equipment for at least 42 health facilities
  • Shower and restroom facilities
  • Ramadan food packages were distributed in 2013 and 2014
  • With the help of UNRWA, a special project has also been established to help Palestinian refugees inside Syria who have been affected by the ongoing conflict. They are receiving food aid and hygiene and sanitary items.
  • A separate Winterization effort was also been implemented to provide blankets, mattresses and tarps to displaced families to protect against the cold.

*** While the situation inside and around Syria is volatile and could change, Islamic Relief is making every effort to accomplish its goal to of delivering aid items to those who need it most. If changing conditions in the region make this impossible, however, Islamic Relief South Africa will provide assistance to address a similar need, and will update you—our generous donors—on the situation as quickly as possible.

Main Objectives

Improved living conditions, protection and well-being for vulnerable refugees, IDPs, and people in need affected by the crisis in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Programme aims


Meeting the humanitarian and protection needs of communities displaced and affected by the conflict in Syria, and building resilience within host communities.

Islamic Relief has been working since the beginning of the Syria crisis to respond to the needs of those affected, responding to the humanitarian crisis and its impact on people inside Syria as well as those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries (Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon). Islamic Relief is working to alleviate the suffering of Syrian people caught up in the conflict by providing essential assistance in various sectors such as food, non-food items, health, water and sanitation, child protection, shelter and psychosocial support.


Local communities are empowered to meet the challenges of the Syria crisis with strengthened capacity for sustainable development, improved living standards and overall wellbeing (including education).

Islamic Relief has supported an average of 3 million people each year since 2012, with more than 140 million GBP received from IR partners and institutional funding sources. Our response is based on a solid regional strategy prepared by our Middle East team after intensive consultations with related stakeholders, which aims to improve the living conditions, protection and well-being of IDPs in Syria and vulnerable refugees in neighbouring countries.

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