Governments must step up in new phase of Syrian response

As the conflict in Syria closes out its fourth year, World Vision calls on the Australian Government and donors around the world to commit their fair share to a new UN appeal aiming to assist 18 million people affected by the crisis.

The lack of a clear path to peace has prompted the UN to develop a response plan which includes both humanitarian aid and initiatives aimed at supporting the longer-term resilience of those impacted by the crisis.

World Vision Australia’s Head of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Majella Hurney said many of Syria’s neighbours are now at breaking point.

“There is an urgent need for the international community to provide funding to provide further assistance to refugees and vulnerable members of host communities,” Ms Hurney said.

“The new regional Refugee and Resilience Plan takes into account both the immediate and longer term needs of refugees and host communities as there is no end in sight to the conflict.”

An influx of more than one million refugees into Lebanon has increased the country’s population by a staggering 25%.

“Due to the escalating impact of the conflict, we call on Australia and the governments of the world to commit to funding the crisis response before Syrian children face another year of displacement and uncertainty.” 

The conflict has taken a significant toll on the region with more than 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

“World Vision continues to call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate safe and unimpeded access for the provision of humanitarian assistance inside Syria,” Ms Hurney said.

World Vision has been responding to the crisis since 2011 with interventions including food, water, healthcare, sanitation and basic supplies.

To donate to World Vision Australia’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal call 13 32 40 or visit

Media contact: Gabrielle Brophy – 0407 575 112 /

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