International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Syria Refugee Crisis: Three Years On

IRC aid worker with Syrian woman and child in northern Iraq refugee camp
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

The International Rescue Committee is ramping up our humanitarian response to help the thousands of people crossing Syria’s borders every day, as well as those trapped by the violence inside the country.  We provide medical and other critical aid, help women and girl victims of violence, and ensure refugees have access to their legal rights.

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  • The IRC is providing support to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as well as Syrians inside their war-torn country. We are currently helping refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. We began work in Turkey in early 2014. 
  • In Syria, we have reached close to 900,000 vulnerable people with medical and emergency supplies. We work directly in camps for displaced Syrians in the northern part of the country, providing clean water, sanitation, education, and emergency kits to tens of thousands of Syrians in need. We also provide targeted emotional and educational support for women and children in the camps. We also operate four static and two mobile clinics in northern Syria, and have already reached more than 30,000 Syrians with primary care. The IRC also works closely with Syrian partners to ensure aid reaches those in most need across the country.
  • In Jordan, the IRC provides reproductive health care, cash assistance, and social  services to refugee families, as well as counseling and other support for survivors of sexual violence. In Jordan’s refugee camps, the IRC provides support for refugee women and girls and helps to reunite children who've crossed the border alone, with their families.
  • In Lebanon, the IRC operates four Women's Centers for refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. We provide counseling, medical consultations, and group activities. We are also helping hundreds of refugee families and Lebanese living in communities with large refugee populations with cash assistance enabling them to pay for rent, food, utilities and other essentials. We are also launching a major education campaign for refugee children in Lebanon, and are providing job training and placement projects for adults. 
  • In Iraq, the IRC is working in refugee camps to reach the most vulnerable. We operate women's centers,  provide education, water and sanitation services, and ensure refugees have free access to legal assistance. In 2014, we are expanding our work with Iraq's urban refugee population, many of whom have difficulty accessing jobs, housing, education and health services. 

Updated January 2014


August 8, 2014 | Blog
As new waves of violence engulf Iraq, the IRC is providing emergency medical care for as many as 4,000 Yazidis, mostly women and children, who survived without food or water for up to six days while hiding from militants in Iraq's Sinjar mountains.

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IRC Reports on the Syria Crisis

Syrian refugees in northern Iraq
Reaching the Breaking Point:
Syrian refugees in Lebanon - Briefing Note PDF (June 2013)

Syria: A Regional Crisis:
The IRC is calling attention to the plight of millions of people displaced by turmoil in Syria.
(January 2013)

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