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Conflict in Syria

Boy walking on empty road with kitchen bowlMore than 13.1 million Syrians are in need as a result of the conflict in Syria and 5.6 million vulnerable refugees have been forced to seek protection in neighbouring countries.

Since 2011, more than 250,000 lives have also been lost.

JRS is on the ground distributing emergency relief to those in greatest need and running educational activities to promote reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. In Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, staff and volunteers are currently providing food support, hygiene kits, basic healthcare, shelter management and rent support.  An estimated 300,000 people have been assisted through this vital work.  However, the needs of the growing number of internally displaced persons and refugees cannot be met by NGOs, the Syrian state or neighbouring countries alone.

At the regional and international level, the Jesuit Refugee Service consistently urges the international community to:

  • prioritise diplomatic efforts and apply pressure on the Syrian government and the armed opposition forces to agree upon an immediate ceasefire and cooperate to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict.
  • put pressure on all armed forces to allow humanitarian assistance for communities in needand to allow unimpeded access to Syrians requiring assistance.
  • increase financial and technical support for grassroots humanitarian initiatives targeting the most vulnerable Syrians in full accordance with humanitarian principles.
  • ensure that international development donors provide greater technical and financial support to ease the pressure in host countries.
  • ensure greater international protection for Syrians forced to seek safe haven beyond the region.