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More than 16 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, including 4.8 million people who’ve been forced to flee their country to escape violence. More than half of those affected are children.
Since conflict erupted in March 2011, a further 6.5 million people – more than one-third of Australia’s population – have been forced from their homes, but remain in Syria.
In 2016, World Vision’s Syria Response reached approximately 2.3 million people, including 1.18 million children inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries that are hosting most Syrian refugees, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
This assistance included:
- helping people access food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene services
- shelter and emergency supplies such as blankets and warm winter clothing
- safe spaces for children to learn, play and receive other forms of support
Syrian refugee children aged 3-6 attend a World Vision Early Childhood Education program at Rajab in Lebanon. For many of the children attending this is their first experience of directed group activities.
Syria conflict explained
Now in its seventh year, conflict in Syria has left more than four million refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries, and countless more struggling to reach safety in Europe. An increasing number of those fleeing the Syrian conflict are unaccompanied children.
The crisis has spilled into Iraq, where approximately 3.1 million people are now internally displaced. Across Syria and Iraq, infrastructure and social order are badly damaged. Schools, hospitals, roads and water supplies have all been targeted in the violence and remain in disrepair due to poor aid access and dwindling resources.
In Jordan and Lebanon, resettlement has become long term, altering the traditional demographics and patterns of life in cities and towns amidst tension and competition over jobs and basic services.
Read the latest World Vision Syria Crisis Response Annual Report here.
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