The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Let’s break this topic down — in photos and videos.
Since the Syrian civil war officially began March 15, 2011, families have suffered under ongoing brutal conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn the nation apart, and set back the standard of living by decades.
The situation is getting worse as the COVID-19 pandemic has driven at least 1.1 million Syrian refugees and displaced people into poverty.
Extreme cold is making life even harder, especially for children.
We entered the 11th year of the Syrian refugee crisis on March 15, 2021.
Still, about 6.6 million Syrians are refugees.
The majority of Syria’s refugees, about 5.6 million, have fled — by land and sea — across borders to neighboring countries but remain in the Middle East.
Another 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria. Some 900,000 people in northwest Syria have been displaced by conflict since December 1, 2019.
Nearly 11.1 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance.
About half of the people affected by the Syrian refugee crisis are children.
June 20 is the United Nations–sanctioned World Refugee Day, a time to show the world that we stand with refugees.
But Syrians deserve to be remembered every day of the year.
World Vision has been working in the Middle East for nearly 40 years.
Since the Syrian refugee crisis began, World Vision staff have helped more than 6.5 million children in the region.
In Syria, we’re providing healthcare, emergency food, shelter repair kits, and clean water, sanitation, and hygiene behavior change support. We’re also operating Child-Friendly Spaces and child protection training.
In Iraq, we’re providing food aid, health services, clean water and sanitation, and livelihood training. Children receive education, recreation, and programs in life skills, peacebuilding, and resilience.