Syria crisis

After five years of war, fighting in Syria has reportedly killed more than 270,000 people. Tens of thousands of children and families evacuated from the city of Aleppo need help right now.

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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

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

What is World Vision doing to respond to the Syria crisis?

In Lebanon

we've helped 1.2m people by:

- providing remedial classes and safe spaces for children to help them catch-up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality
- installing water tanks and toilets in makeshift settlements to ensure access to clean water and sanitation
- distributing food vouchers and essential supplies like nappies, cooking equipment and winter clothing

In Jordan

we've reached 600,000 people by:

- providing basic supplies like food, nappies and winter clothing
- constructing water and sanitation facilities to meet the urgent sanitation needs of more than 50,000 people in Azraq, the refugee camp built to support the overflow at Za’atari
- rehabilitating roads and drainage at Za’atari refugee camp to keep families safe and dry
- providing remedial classes and child-friendly spaces, helping children catch up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality

In Syria

we've helped 300,000 people by:

- establishing or improving access to clean water, sanitation and health care, to keep children healthy and hygienic
- distributing food and winter essentials