As Syria marks six years since the beginning of its brutal civil war, Catholic Relief Services has supported over 1.25 million people affected by the conflict.
“The scale of the suffering is devastating” said Kevin Hartigan, CRS Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East, “but as Pope Francis reminds us, there are human faces behind the staggering statistics. Each of the millions of displaced Syrians is an individual uprooted from a full life, a family member, a loved one."
The war has led to the displacement of more than 11 million people. That’s more than half the country’s pre-war population. And that number continues to grow every day.
Syria’s neighboring countries—Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt—have reached a breaking point, with some 4.1 million refugees crossing their borders. Lebanon alone has more than 1.2 million refugees, the highest number per capita in the world.
The needs of Syrian refugees are basic: food, shelter and medical care.
In Europe, CRS works with local Catholic and Orthodox partners to provide food, shelter, medical care, and legal and translation services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants.
We’re helping to meet their basic physical needs and providing education, care and trauma counseling for children, who make up more than half the Syrian refugee population in the Middle East. They are paying the heaviest price in this crisis.
Thanks to your generosity, CRS and Caritas are working diligently to serve these war-weary children and their families.
As a Syrian refugee mother told us in Lebanon, “My children come back from educational activities more relaxed because they have an opportunity to leave the stress of the house. They are happy.”