International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Syria: Snapshot of a worsening humanitarian crisis

The United Nations announced on Wednesday that it is seeking new funding to provide food, shelter, medicine and other aid for people fleeing the steadily worsening conflict in Syria. U.N. officials predicted that the number of refugees would more than double in the next six months.

"The violence in Syria is raging across the country," said Radhouane Nouicer, the U.N.'s regional humanitarian coordinator. "There are really no more safe areas where people can flee." 

Here’s a look at the crisis in figures:
25 percent of Syria's population now need humanitarian relief.
2,000-3,000 Syrians cross into neighboring countries every day. 
43,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011, say human rights activists.

525,000+ Syrians have registered with the U.N. as refugees. Many more are not officially counted.

1 million are expected to have fled across Syria's borders by mid-2013. 

2 million of those who remain in Syria have been displaced from their homes. 

$1.5 billion is needed to fund relief efforts for those affected by the conflict. 
Source: United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)

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How the IRC helps

The International Rescue Committee is doing its part to support thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. We’re providing medical aid, help for women and girl victims of violence, and ensuring refugees have access to their legal rights.




According to what I've read

According to what I've read in your statements on the Syrian relief efforts, you do not provide shelter, food, blankets, heaters, or sanitary facilities. Is this being covered by another relief organization? There is no denying what you are doing is important and very needed, I just want any gift I give to go to help with the above items. Thank you, Paul

Paul, thanks very much for

Paul, thanks very much for your question and for your interest in supporting emergency relief efforts for Syrian refugees. The IRC is working to ensure that Syrian refugees have access to food, water, and services such as medical aid and help in finding loved ones. We are distributing emergency supplies including clothes, bedding, kitchen sets and hygiene articles, and providing financial support to help families pay for stoves and fuel.

 You can learn more about the support the IRC is providing to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq at - Kate Sands Adams (IRC blog editor)