The DEC is extremely concerned about the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria and for refugees fleeing the conflict.
There are an estimated four million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, including two million who are internally displaced. More than 750,000 Syrian refugees have fled the country with the largest numbers arriving in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordon and Iraq. Many of the displaced are living not in refugee camps but with host families whose resources are finite. The number of refugees is projected to rise to one million over the coming months. Recent rain and cold winter weather has increased the suffering and vulnerability of many of those who have been forced to flee their homes and do not have adequate shelter.
The continuing violence is Syria is causing large numbers of civilian causalities, forcing more people from their homes and making humanitarian access to those in need of support extremely challenging. Although $US1.5bn in funding has now been pledged by donor governments to address the Syria crisis this money has yet to be delivered and will fund only UN operations.
Of the DEC’s 14 member agencies there are 12 involved in the humanitarian response in Syria or the surrounding countries. Within Syria, different DEC member agencies are supporting partners in both government and rebel controlled areas. Most are working through local organisations and for security reasons they are all being extremely cautious about publicising their work.
The DEC is now actively evaluating the situation in Syria and the surrounding areas against its appeal criteria with its member agencies and partners.
DEC member agencies with current appeals in response to the Syria Crisis: