Syria crisis

Children in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Image by Caroline Gluck/Oxfam.

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The conflict in Syria has reportedly claimed more than 220,000 lives and triggered a massive exodus to neighboring countries. More than four million people have fled. We have reached nearly half a million refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with lifesaving essentials and helped an estimated one million people inside Syria get access to clean water.

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Updated September 2015

When the Arab Spring swept through the region in 2011, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad was targeted by citizens for reform. But when demonstrators were met with force, the movement quickly evolved into a full-scale uprising.

The country has since been ravaged by armed conflict between the Syrian army and pro-government paramilitary forces and an array of rebel groups. More than 220,000 people have died since March 2011. More than 4 million others, many of whom are children, have fled to neighboring countries. Inside Syria, the number of people in need is now estimated at 12.2 million—more than half of the country’s total population of 22 million.

As this crisis continues, aid agencies and regional governments are struggling to cope with the massive numbers of Syrians in need of vital humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is calling on parties to the conflict to ensure that people have access to that assistance. We are also urging that human rights violations and indiscriminate attacks on civilians stop. The international community needs to redouble its efforts to find a political solution to the crisis donors and we are calling for governments around the world to step up and provide increased resettlement options for refugees.

In Syria

In partnership with the Syrian Ministry of Water Resources, UNICEF, and other aid providers, Oxfam is now providing clean water to Syrians inside their country. We estimate that we are helping to reach about a million people.

We have been helping to repair water systems, including wells, and truck in water. So far, 45 projects have been completed and 14 others are being implemented. Oxfam works in 10 governorates: Homs, Hama, Idlib, Tartous, Qunaitra, Swedaa, Daraa, Aleppo, Damascus and Rural Damascus. Our plan in 2015 is for 2015 is to expand operations to Sweidaa and Lattakia governorates.

In Jordan and Lebanon

Oxfam has reached nearly half a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves in winter and vouchers for hygiene supplies in summer. We are also helping families get the information they need about their legal and human rights and connecting them to medical and legal services.

In both countries, we have built blocks of bathing stalls and toilets for families living in refugee camps or in informal settlements. We are also developing piped water networks for the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and for host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

In Serbia

As more Syrian families make their way into Europe, Oxfam is setting up a new program in Serbia to help them cope with the approaching winter. It will focus in Šid, near the border with Croatia, Dimitrovgrad near the border with Bulgaria, and in Preševo/Miratovac, near the Macedonia border. Oxfam will provide winterization kits, toilets, showers and water points. Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+