The ongoing crisis in Syria is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. March 2015 marks the fourth anniversary of the crisis.
Over the last year the situation has again deteriorated significantly. The conflict continues unabated and humanitarian needs have increased twelvefold since the beginning of the crisis.
Over 12.2 million people within the country are in need of humanitarian aid. At least 3.8 million Syrians have fled as refugees to neighbouring countries, putting host communities under extreme pressure, and another 7.6 million Syrians are displaced inside the country. More than 190,000 people have died since the crisis began.
How we are helping
Caritas Australia is providing urgent humanitarian support to people within Syria and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
We have contributed $3 million since the beginning of the crisis, with more than half of this coming from our supporters.
We support programs in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon that provide food, essential non-food items, medical and psychosocial services (including mother and child health), and legal assistance.
The global Caritas network has contributed 70 million Euro (almost 100 million AUD) since the crisis began. In 2014 our network reached 1.2 million people with aid. Around 800 staff and 11,000 volunteers are working with communities in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey to provide food, shelter, healthcare, education, protection for women and children, trauma counselling and legal assistance.
Click on the infographic at right for a summary of the Caritas network response.
What you can do
Call for a stronger Australian government response – take action by 24 March
On 31 March governments around the world will meet at the third Syria donor conference in Kuwait to pledge financial support to address the Syria crisis. Last year, Australia contributed less than its equitable share of funding for the global humanitarian response.
Please write to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and urge her to pledge Australia’s equitable share of funding at the Kuwait III donor conference. Take action now »
We urgently need more funds to help provide emergency assistance to many vulnerable people who have left their belongings, homes and livelihoods to escape the devastating war. Your donation to the Middle East Crisis Appeal will help Caritas Australia provide critical emergency relief for refugees and vulnerable host communities. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Donate now »
When I gave my homily at the beginning of Lent, I told people, “I really can’t talk to you about fasting as we’re always fasting. But you have to remember that there’s always someone worse off than you. ….We must focus on visiting the sick, elderly and lonely.” Bishop Antoine Audo,
President of Caritas Syria
More news and stories:
Tale of two Syrian refugee families in Lebanon (11 March 2015)
Why the Syrian crisis matters to Australia (11 March 2015)
Snowstorm hits the Bekaa Valley (30 Jan 2015)
Puppets help Syrian children overcome the trauma (24 April 2014)
More blogs on our response to the crisis in Syria