International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Inside the Syria crisis

Watch displaced Syrians recount their personal stories of violence inside Syria and learn how the International Rescue Committee is aiding them and their families. (September 2013)

Learn more about the IRC's humanitarian response to the Syria crisis.

Video Transcription

SYRIAN MAN: “Every day they shot 50 to 60 rockets at us, at all times.
Morning, afternoon, evening.”
“They shot at the houses with rockets. My neighbors died. 
People pulled them out of the rubble. There was blood everywhere.”
“We fled in a hurry.”
“People rushed to rescue us. 
Everything was completely destroyed.”
“We came to this camp and there wasn’t anything here. 
The earth and the sky and that’s it.”
The United Nations has called the war in Syria the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the cold war.
Nearly 7 million Syrians have been displaced by the war.
The IRC is helping more than 20,000 people living in 11 tent camps in northern Syria.
SANJ SRIKANTHAN, International Rescue Committee: “The Syrians living in these camps are like you and me, they really are, and they now find themselves living in these camps. These are just sometimes single sheets drapped over a tree, or strung up by rope with a muddy floor which they put gravel on, and they try to call home.
You can imagine if you or I went camping for a week its fun, if you going camping for 2 years its traumatic, its really hard for most of us who have never experienced life like that.
So the IRC is working in Northern Syria in 11 camps providing water, latrines and santitaion services. We are also providing winter clothing and in the summer additional kits and items to aleviate and improve conditions for displaced people there.
As well as schooling and child friendly spaces, psychological counselling for children, things that were taken for granted before the conflict.
I think Syrians above all want this conflict to end, and they never thought it would go on this long. They dispair for when it will end — and humanitarian aid is really that lifeline to say that the world cares, that we haven’t forgotten them, that their suffering is heard around the world.
For as long as we can, and are able to, we will stay and deliver as much as can for Syrians.”
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Thanks to Skills for Change volunteer James C. for transcribing this video.