As the civil war in Syria enters its ninth year one fact remains unchanged – Syria accounts for the world’s largest number of forcibly displaced people with over half its population forced to flee their homes (UNHCR). According to the UK Charity Commission over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far with nearly 12 million Syrians needing basic assistance to survive. Yet it seems the world and its people have become numb to the endless suffering of the Syrian people.
As a result, Crisis Aid has been continuously implementing long term plans for those affected in the Ongoing Syrian Crisis. From setting up bread factories, water tankers and education centres for children we foresee a long-term involvement in the life of the Syrians.
The Syrians are a blessed people who have shown their resilience and courage in the face of great adversity and who still look forward to a better future for themselves and their children – and you can help them do this. Please continue to support us with our work. Donate now.
The civil war began in 2011 when a peaceful uprising against the Syrian president turned in to a full-scale war. Since then the country has descended in to complete chaos with battles raging between the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad and militant groups who want to remove it. As a result, the infrastructure of the country has collapsed, leaving almost the entire population of the country vulnerable – as over half of the country’s homes, schools and medical facilities have been destroyed by airstrikes.
The constant fear of airstrikes and lack of necessities such as food and water has forced over five million Syrians to flee their beloved country, only to survive as refugees in camps across the border in countries such as Turkey and Lebanon. Although wanting to help the refugees, these countries have struggled to contain and support the influx of millions of extra people.
The Syrians in these camps try and make do but life is difficult. As most of them are not recognised as residents of their host countries, men and women struggle to find work to provide an income to feed their families. Thousands of children under the age of eight have never known a stable home or have any concept of an education. As a result of the effects of the Ongoing Syrian Crisis, these children have been regularly referred to as ‘the lost generation of Syria’ with no immediate hope of a future.
The winters for the Syrians in refugee camps are exceptionally harsh. As temperatures plummet and their surroundings freeze over, they struggle to keep warm, sometimes having no choice but to huddle together in groups just to avoid freezing to death. The makeshift tents made from tarpaulin and flimsy wooden frames do little to keep out the snow, sleet and sometimes floods. Earlier this year the Telegraph reported the death of at least 15 children direct from the freezing cold in a camp on the border of Jordan. One way we can help is to provide winter heat packs to keep the residents of these camps warm.
Crisis Aid was created when the plight of Syrian men, women