Syria's escalating civil war has killed more than 90,000 since the unrest began in March 2011. Tragically, the death toll continues to rise, and more than 4.5 million people are now internally displaced. Thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries and Syrian families struggle daily to survive.
Catholic Relief Services and our Caritas partners in the region are reaching out to Syrian refugees and providing hope and assistance with housing, food and other basic necessities. We also are supporting urgent medical care and emergency relief for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in the areas most affected by the conflict. Doctors treat physical wounds refugees suffered during the violence and counselors care for survivors of trauma—especially children.
Despite the ongoing violence, the Catholic Church and CRS believe that a peaceful solution to this conflict is possible.
Additional Information About Syria
- Pope Francis: Peace and Aid for the Syrian People
- Pope Francis Urges G8 to Strive for Immediate Syria Ceasefire
- Joint Letter From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to Secretary of State Kerry on Syria
- From Rome to Lebanon, CRS Focuses on Syria
- Humanitarian Crisis Grows for Syrian Refugees