Pay Attention to Syria: Seven Years of Conflict
A conflict that started on March 15, 2011, has now surpassed seven years of violence and fear across Syria, and beyond its borders. At least half of those affected are children–more than 50% of Syrian children no longer attend school. For many of them, this war has been all they’ve ever known: Their towns have been decimated; their education has come to a screeching halt; hospitals have been overflowing with people but remain undersupplied; food and clean water are scarce; chemical agents are suffocating the air around them. Syrians, living inside Syria or as refugees in neighboring countries, are in desperate need. (Read more on the plight facing Syrian children in “Childhood Interrupted: Lost Years for Children in the Syrian Refugee Crisis.”)
According to UNHCR and OCHA, there are more than 5 million registered Syrian refugees, and 13.5+ million people inside of Syria in need of humanitarian aid.The United Nations has declared the Syrian conflict “the worst of the 21st century.”
IRUSA Helps our Brothers and Sisters in Need
The Islamic Relief USA community has been able to serve more than 9.3 million Syrians in need, in Syria and in neighboring countries—giving items like food, medical aid, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting, plastic mats, shoes, jackets, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, waterproof coats, socks (read more in our Projects section). We strive to do more, and together with you, insha’Allah we can!
The content on this page serves to report on humanitarian efforts for those affected by this crisis, so while the title is “Syria,” the work spans across Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Information about efforts for Syrians and other refugees being helped is here.