The Humanitarian Response To the Syrian Conflict (Inside Syria and in neighbouring countries)
Recommendations for action
The humanitarian crisis in Syria is reaching appalling dimensions. Over 4 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including at least 2 million people who are internally displaced. Prices for flour and diesel are rising. Increasing numbers of people are unable to buy food. The fighting has destroyed homes leaving people forced to sleep in the streets, in mosques and schools. Medical care is inadequate. While current needs are acute, they are set to escalate dramatically as winter intensifies and the emergency threatens to be prolonged. Beyond Syria’s borders, in addition to the 600,000 registered refugees, UNHCR estimates 200,000 Syrians have fled but remain unregistered and uncounted in Syria’s neighbouring countries, and the refugee flow continues to increase every day.
he response to this crisis remains dramatically insufficient. Extensive food aid distribution and shelter are urgently needed, as well as medical responses, protection and education. The basic humanitarian needs of millions of civilians are not being met. There are several dimensions to this.
Christian Aid (UK), International Rescue Committee (USA), Islamic Relief (UK), Norwegian Refugee Council (Norway), People in Need (Czech Republic), Refugees International (USA), Save the Children (UK), World Vision (UK) (2013). The Humanitarian Response To the Syrian Conflict