Syria: The World’s Largest Refugee Crisis

Since conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, millions have been impacted by years of relentless, brutal strife, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn families apart, and caused physical, psychological, emotional and material devastation that will take decades to rebuild.

Now in its 10th year, the Syrian crisis is the world’s largest refugee and displacement crisis.

About 5.6 million Syrians have been fled their country and another 6.2 million people are internally displaced. Nearly 12 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance to survive. More than 50% of those affected by the refugee crisis are children.

The protracted war has wrecked social and economic activity and decimated infrastructure. Healthcare centers and hospitals, schools, utilities, and water and sanitation systems have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. Historic landmarks and once-busy marketplaces have been reduced to rubble.

Islamic Relief is Responding

Alhamdulillah, Islamic Relief has been providing vital humanitarian aid since the devastating conflict began; we have not left. To date, we have delivered more than £320 million (R 5.8 billion) worth of aid inside Syria and neighbouring countries including IraqLebanonJordan and Turkey, assisting millions of vulnerable Syrians who were forced to flee their homes.

In 2019 alone, because of your donations, we helped over 2.3 million people affected by the Syrian conflict. Our teams on the ground have been able to provide life-saving assistance through programmes in:

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Shelter
  • Health
  • Education
  • Food
  • Orphan sponsorship
  • Ramadan & Qurbani

Over the years we have been able to save millions of lives, but as the conflict rages on, we still urgently need your support.

Please donate to our Syria Appeal and help us save lives.

Click here to read more about our response to the Syria crisis

Our comprehensive Syria emergency response includes:

  • Medical Assistance & Support
  • Food Security – Provision of food packs, food vouchers and ready-to-eat meals
  • Shelter Assistance and Housing Grants
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes
  • Essential Non-Food Items (NFI) such as diapers, blankets, clothing, cooking and heating equipment
  • Livelihood Support and Financial Assistance
  • Educational Support, including Remedial and Special-needs Education
  • Psycho-social Support for those severely traumatised by conflict and displacement

We need your help

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have already died and almost five million children are forced to live in dire conditions inside Syria.

R950 could feed a family in Syria for a month

R2650 could provide shelter and living essentials

R3,500 can provide urgent medical or psycho-social treatment

R21,500 can provide water to a refugee camp (approx 20,000 people) for a day

R67,500 can provide flour for a bakery to supply a camp with bread for a week

R350,000 can equip a field hospital with essential medical supplies


Donate today and help us save lives in Syria.



Syria Report

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