The conflict in Syria has reportedly claimed more than 200,000 lives and triggered a massive exodus to neighboring countries. More than 3.7 million people have fled. In 2014, we reached nearly 440,000 refugees in Lebanon and Jordan with lifesaving essentials and helped an estimated one million people inside Syria get access to clean water.Donate now Take action
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Today the UN High Commissioner for Refugees announced that the number of Syrian refugees has risen to 4 million since the conflict began in 2011.
As the country marks its fourth year of brutal fighting, one civil society leader makes a case for greater support to stop the violence.
Four years into the conflict, suffering in Syria continues despite UN resolutions.
How we're responding
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 200,000 people have died since March 2011. More than 3.7 million others, more than half of whom are 17 or younger, have fled to neighboring countries. Inside Syria, the number of people in need is now estimated at 11.6 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 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, 21 projects have been completed and 24 others are being implemented. Oxfam works in 8 governorates: Homs, Hama, Idlib, Tartous, Qunaitra, 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
In 2014, Oxfam 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.