Forty days since the launch of the DEC Syria Crisis Appeal we look at the ongoing response by our member agencies inside Syria and in the surrounding countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
The Disasters Emergency Committed launched its Syria Crisis Appeal on March 21st in response to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation for millions of people both inside and outside of Syria. At the time of launch, over 8,000 people were fleeing the country each day. The number of refugees had swelled to over a million, leaving many families desperate for help and placing a huge strain on aid agencies’ ability to cope.
DEC member agencies all either had ongoing projects in the region or had recently initiated new ones in response to the escalating crisis. The Syria Crisis Appeal allowed them to raise awareness of the Syrian people’s plight further and gain desperately needed new funds to continue the important humanitarian response.
We’ve collected a number of recent updates from our member agencies which give a good insight into the varied ways they are helping, as well as the scale of humanitarian aid needed.
- ActionAid - Rasha's story: Struggling with life as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon
- British Red Cross - Getting aid to Syria
- CAFOD - New arrivals in Lebanon
- CARE International - Lost childhoods: new survey finds majority of Syrian refugee children are not in school
- Christian Aid - IOCC help refugee widower
- Islamic Relief - In Search of Safety
- Oxfam - Helping people with disabilities in Zaatari Camp
- Save the Children – Dignity for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
- Tearfund - Children live with trauma of fleeing Syria
- World Vision - The stench of despair
To date the appeal has raised over £13 million, but more is needed as the conflict and its impact on civilians continues to worsen. There are now over 6.8 million people in need, 4.25 million displaced inside Syria and an additional 1.3 million in neighbouring countries.
DEC member agencies will continue to work to meet urgent needs. Thank you for donating to the appeal, thank you for taking the time to read this update but also thank you for supporting the appeal with fundraising activities and sharing news about the appeal on Facebook and Twitter.
Every contribution you make helps those Syrian people affected by this crisis, and means our member agencies can continue their critical work.