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With widespread destruction following years of war--including in the city of Aleppo--Syria is not the home people once knew. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Seven years of fighting have devastated Syria. Women, children and men continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by enormous human suffering, relentless destruction and a blatant disregard for human rights.

At least 400,000 people have been killed, and 12 million people have fled their homes. A staggering 13.1 million people require humanitarian assistance, including nearly three million people trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas now facing severe threats to their physical safety and health. More than 5.6 million refugees are living in neighboring countries, the majority in dire poverty.

Over the past year, Oxfam estimates it helped more than two million people in Syria as well as refugees and the communities in which they are sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon. This has included providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and vital food aid as well as helping refugees make a living.

In many cases in Jordan and Lebanon, our support has included 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 rights and connecting them to special services such as legal aid.

In addition, 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.

We are also advocating for The United States government to do its part to help resettle Syrian refugees. The US is falling far short of contributing its “fair share”, and is only getting worse as the number of refugee arrivals hits an all-time low. Though President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban continues to be struck down in court, thousands of refugees are left in legal limbo.

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