Syrian Refugee Crisis

  1. Sedra, 7 now lives at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. She fled with her family, and her only possession is a plastic comb she found on the ground at the camp. Photo by Jon Warren/World Vision
  2. "There were my brothers, and my dad and mum. They are still in Syria. I’m scared that they died, God forbid." - Hamze, 8
  3.  "It was the first day of Ramadan in the morning. The planes came and bombed out place and we were so frightened. My father came and took us and took us to the shelter." - Amel, 11
  4. "I really miss my father. I really want him to be here with us. It has been seven months, I haven’t spoken to my dad, or seen my dad." - Nasrella, 10
  5. "Sometimes we sleep without having dinner, and we sleep hungry. Sometimes we ask for assistance from our relatives here, we in a way beg for some food." - Mais, 13
  6. "They hit a rocket to my house and everything was exploded....The  rocket passed by us and hit our house and then it hit the school next to us." - Reem, 7

It’s been more than three long years of fighting in Syria. A death toll that cannot be quantified sits at ‘more than 191,000’. More than 3 million have fled Syria, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Sadly, more than half are children.

How you can help:

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World Vision’s response

With your support, World Vision has helped more than 600,000 people in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. We hope to more than double that number, and continue to fundraise so we can meet the needs of many more children and their families.

As fighting continues, the needs of children and their families continues to grow. Your support is crucial to help us reach children and families caught up in a crisis beyond their control.

After three devastating years of fighting, there is still no end in sight to the crisis in Syria. This short, moving video highlights the struggles child refugees face on a daily basis.

Since the conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, a staggering 3 million people have fled across borders to escape the violence – equivalent to more than the populations of South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT combined. Another 6.5 million people – more than Victoria’s entire population – are displaced inside Syria. Some of these people have chosen to stay, others cannot get out.

The UN has called the largest humanitarian appeal in history to help the millions of people affected by the crisis. With no immediate end to the conflict in sight the people of Syria face continued uncertainty, not knowing whether they will ever return to normal life.

It’s hard to comprehend, but at least 191,000 people have lost their lives, and limited access within Syria means the UN is unable to keep track of the growing number - this number is conservative.

More than half of those caught up in the conflict are children. Many have lost family members, their homes and witnessed or experienced violence. They are also missing out on many things that children need to grow- an education, interaction with other children and safe, solid homes to go back to. Instead they are scared and frustrated.

Those that have fled Syria are staying with host families in their country of refuge, in refugee camps or in makeshift accommodation such as garages, broken down buildings and in self-constructed tents. Living conditions in these accommodations are harsh, and families often struggle to access the essentials - food, clean water and shelter from weather conditions.

Lebanon and Jordan are each hosting more than half a million Syrian refugees, with Jordan taking on an additional average of 2,000 refugees a day. In Lebanon, Syrian refugees now make up almost 20 percent of the population. Unsurprisingly this is putting immense strain on the host communities.

In Lebanon, we've helped almost 200,000 people by:

  • providing remedial classes and safe spaces for children to help them catch-up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality.
  • installing water tanks and toilets in makeshift settlements to ensure access to clean water and sanitation.
  • distributing food vouchers and essential supplies like nappies, cooking equipment and winter clothing.


In Jordan, we've reached more than 148,000 people by:

  • providing basic supplies like food, nappies and winter clothing.
  • constructing water and sanitation facilities to meet the urgent sanitation needs of more than 50,000 people in Azraq, the nee refugee camp built to support the overflow at Za’atari
  • rehabilitating roads and drainage at Za’atari refugee camp to keep families safe and dry
  • providing remedial classes and child-friendly spaces, helping children catch up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality

In Syria, we’ve helped 250,000 people by establishing or improving access to clean water, sanitation and health care, to keep children healthy and hygienic. We’ve also distributed food and winter essentials.


Other links

As the crisis in Syria worsens, Tim Costello and Hamish Macdonald visit a refugee camp in Jordan to see things first hand. “I'm talking pain, I'm not talking about politics. Because it was my house that was destroyed, and now I'm the one who is a refugee" says one distraught female refugee.