Syria - latest news
Tens of thousands of people who fled violence in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are facing increasingly desperate conditions.
People who arrived at overcrowded reception centres, camps and villages to the north and west of Aleppo in December 2016 are living in cramped conditions and enduring freezing winter weather.
World Vision is working with local partners to distribute relief items and we have already provided new arrivals with around 6,000 blankets 2,500 mattresses, 1,000 heaters and 40,000 litres of kerosene.
We're preparing to assist more people with these essential items, as well as planning long-term aid including the rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure in host communities.
World Vision is already assisting around 100,000 people who've previously fled violence within the Aleppo Governorate through:
- clean water and sanitation services
- supporting primary and mobile health clinics
- operating women and young child centres
- supporting a hospital with equipment and supplies
Aleppo evacuees face uncertain future
So far World Vision has distributed over 2,500 blankets and 1,000 mattresses amongst 700 families who’ve fled violence in eastern Aleppo.
As evacuations from Aleppo continue, we’re preparing to distribute thousands more blankets and mattresses, as well as kerosene heaters, jerry cans and hygiene kits.
World Vision has been assisting around 100,000 people who’ve previously fled violence in the Aleppo region since 2014. We’ve been providing them with clean water and sanitation facilities, supporting health clinics, and setting up safe spaces for children and women.
Freezing winter temperatures have forced some evacuees to burn the few possessions they brought with them just to stay warm. World Vision is preparing to distribute heaters and other winter supplies amongst new arrivals.
World Vision is distributing kerosene for heaters to families who’ve fled Aleppo into towns and camps in northern Syria.
Children play in the snow in a camp for displaced people in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.
Children and families displaced from Aleppo are enduring extremely cold weather, with temperatures dropping even lower than normal for this time of year.
The arrival of tens of thousands of people from Aleppo city in recent days has placed further strain on camps and villages in the surrounding region that are already hosting a huge number of displaced people.
Eastern Aleppo lies in ruin and it’s estimated that 40 percent of this part of the city has been destroyed.
Many people fleeing eastern Aleppo have nothing to return to. Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed by relentless bombing.
Help for families fleeing war in Aleppo
World Vision is distributing blankets, mattresses and other emergency supplies to families fleeing violence and destruction in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Anyone who thought the evacuation of Aleppo was a solution needs to see the heart-breaking scenes children now face in these cramped, crowded and filthy conditions across the countryside. It’s as though a ‘crisis within a crisis’ is unfolding before us.
Chris Latif, World Vision's northern Syria response manager
Syria conflict explained
Now in it's sixth 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.
Fran Charles, Advocacy Director for World Vision’s Syria Response, said World Vision staff were working in an increasingly restricted humanitarian space, meaning greater difficulty in reaching children and families with the assistance they so desperately need.
“The international community must step up and use all diplomatic influence at its disposal to ensure these attacks stop and children and families can access lifesaving assistance,” she said. “International borders must also remain open for those fleeing conflict.”
Syrians are fleeing a protracted conflict in their country that has so far claimed more than 270,000 lives, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which relies on a large network of doctors and activist sources. The Syrian Centre for Policy Research, however, estimates that 470,000 have died. 13.5 million people inside Syria need humanitarian assistance. Of those, more than 5.6 million are children.
Read the latest World Vision Syria Crisis Response Annual Report here.