Humanitarian crisis in Syria
Across Syria, an estimated 11.7 million people need humanitarian assistance. Those particularly at risk are children, pregnant and lactating women, people with disabilities, the elderly and other groups or individuals with specific needs. As at end of 2018, about 6.2 million people remained internally displaced.
According to the United Nations, Syria is still one of the biggest and most complex crises globally, and it is far from over. The landscape in Syria is likely to remain complex and dynamic. Hostilities and insecurity are expected to continue, most notably in the north-west and in parts of the north-east of the country, which will generate additional civilian displacement.
The greatest areas of need include protection, social stability, basic assistance, food security, health, education, water, shelter, and livelihoods.
Added to this are the living conditions of Syrians, in their own country or the places they have fled to. Most live in poverty, with limited access to essential water, hygiene, food, income, and education. According to 2015 estimates, 83% of Syrians lived below the poverty line. Recent indications suggest it has since worsened.
The global Caritas network reached 667,000 people throughout Syria in 2018, with emergency food and essential medical care, help with rebuilding homes and restarting livelihoods.