A conflict that started on March 15, 2011, has now surpassed nine 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.
According to UNHCR and OCHA, there are more than 6.7 million registered Syrian refugees—more than from any other country. Another 6.1 million Syrians are internally displaced.The United Nations has declared the Syrian conflict “the worst of the 21st century.”
And now, with coronavirus, already-vulnerable families are facing a pandemic with virtually no protection. IR Syria staff tell us that a depleted health care system is getting even worse: hospitals are over-run and medical supplies are running out.
Violence, poverty, despair: Unfortunately continues into its tenth year, with no end in site. But we are not hopeless! We envision a better world for our Syrian sisters and brothers, and pray that you will act with us to make that a reality.
Donors like you have made critical resources such as medical aid, education development, and women’s empowerment programs available for thousands. Winter also amplified their suffering to tragic levels, bringing freezing cold to the thin tents many call home—but donors responded with blankets, warm clothes, and new mattresses.
Every bit of help provide means new hope for families. With your continued to compassion and support, IRUSA can provide more relief for people in need of aid.
Here’s just a sampling of our recent efforts for Syrians in need
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Syria a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$1,000 can support mobile clinics to reach refugee families in remote areas
$250 can deliver hygiene kits to internally displaced people
$50 can provide vital food packages to families suffering from starvation
Little Hassan is only 5 — younger than the war in Syria that took his mother from him.
She was putting out the candle in his room when a barrel bomb fell on their house. She was killed instantly. Two of his sisters were killed too.
Rescuers pulled Hassan and one remaining sister from the rubble of their house and took them to a hospital. Hospitals in Syria are desperately short of all supplies, but Islamic Relief donors have provided medical supplies to the one Hassan was taken to — giving doctors tools to treat patients like him.
“The doctors here are looking after us and giving us medicine to reduce the pain in our feet,” he said. “They told me they will remove the metal pins in my feet and I will learn to walk again…I love football and swimming and fishing in the sea, but right now I just want to be able to walk…I love the doctors here–they are like mothers to me. Everyone here is so good, but I hope to get out of here…I pray that Allah heals all the patients who are in this hospital so they can walk with their own two feet again.”