Ongoing conflict in Syria has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. The Syrian crisis has killed more than 115,000, and over 9.3 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian aid.
In March 2011, an uprising began between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and opposition forces. With no end to the fighting in sight, the conflict has become one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
The conflict is escalating. The UNHCR reports that the number of Syrians registered as refugees has reached nearly 2.4 million (January 2014) . This is expected to increase as Syrians continue to flee for safety. As the number of refugees rises, resources of host communities in neighbouring countries are under extreme pressure. Assistance is currently insufficient to provide for all those in need. The challenges are immense.
How Caritas is helping
Caritas Australia is providing urgent humanitarian support to Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Caritas Australia is helping over 100,000 people by providing:
- Food assistance
- Non-food items (such as hygiene kits and bedding materials)
- Health care, including GP clinics
- Educational and social services, including protection to vulnerable refugees
- Water and sanitation
- Blankets, clothing and heaters to help the refugees through the extreme cold temperatures experienced in some regions during winter
Financial assistance from the Australian Government's Humanitarian Partnership Agreement has further allowed Caritas to provide shelter, food and non-food items, primary and secondary health care, health information sessions and mental health assessments to 20,000 extremely vulnerable refugees and host community members in Jordan. These programs are being implemented throughout Jordan including in the southern regions where Caritas Jordan is the only major NGO working in the south and the only organisation providing medical assistance to Syrian refugees.
The Caritas network has a long-established presence in the area but the scale of the crisis and the surging numbers of refugees is challenging. More help is required.
How you can help
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 who have been affected by the crises gripping the Middle East. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.
To the international community, besides the pursuit of a negotiated solution to the conflict, I ask for the provision of humanitarian aid for the displaced and refugees, and Syrians who have lost their homes, showing in the first place the good of each human person and guarding their dignity.” - Pope Francis
More news and stories:
Blog: Puppets help Syrian children overcome the trauma (24 April 2014)
Blog: The tragedy must end in Syria (22 January 2014)
News: Lebanon, Jordon and Turkey struggling to cope with Syrian refugees pouring in (17 December 2013)
Blog: We hope for the best (17 December 2013)
Blog: A refugee remembers Syria (1 November 2013)
Blog: Syrian Refugees Helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan (24 October 2013)
Blog: Princess of Jordan helps with aid distribution (18 October 2013)
Blog: Forgotten voices of the Syrian Crisis (30 September 2013)