International Rescue Committee (IRC)

No escape for civilians in Syria [NEW REPORT]

New IRC film: Escaping Syria shows the daily struggle of four families forced to flee their homes in war-torn Syria.  

The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening by the day.

More than three years into a brutal civil war, 9.6 million people have fled their homes for safety. 

Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are hosting more than three million Syrian refugees. But with limited support from other countries, the capacity of these generous neighbors to help has been stretched to the limit. As a result, civilians trying to escape Syria now risk being turned back at their borders.

According to a new report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee, the number of Syrian refugees finding safety abroad has declined dramatically.

On average, more than 150,000 Syrians were able to cross into neighboring countries each month in 2013. In October 2014, the number of new refugees registered by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) had declined by 88 percent, to only 18,453.

“There is much the world can do to share the burden with Syria's neighbors,” said IRC president David Miliband. “As well as providing direct financial assistance to plug gaps in basic services and offer long-term development support, the international community can make the symbolically important step of agreeing to take in its fair share of refugees.”

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Read the full press release:
Syrian civilians unable to escape 

Download a PDF version of the report:
No Escape: Civilians in Syria Struggle to Find Safety Across Borders

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