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As Syria's civil war continues into its fourth year, a staggering nine million people are on the run from the violence. Over six million people are displaced inside the country and three million refugees have fled for the relative safety of neighboring countries.

Such massive displacement is straining limited resources such as shelter, water and jobs. This crisis — the most complex humanitarian emergency in a generation — threatens to destabilize the entire region.

Mercy Corps is on the ground working to address the urgent needs of 2.5 million people inside Syria and in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey:

  • Emergency relief: Providing food assistance and distributing essentials like clothing, blankets, mattresses and infant care supplies to families who have lost everything. We're also renovating buildings to provide safer shelter.
  • Water: Digging wells to serve Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp and renovating municipal water systems in northern towns to address long-term water shortages. We're also increasing access to drinking water and sanitation facilities at informal settlements throughout Lebanon.
  • Children: Building playgrounds, sports fields and safe spaces for children at camps in Jordan and Iraq. Providing constructive, healing activities and helping marginalised children get access to school. In Lebanon, our psychosocial support programmes and mobile storytelling workshops help kids process their trauma and integrate into their community. Learn more about how we're protecting Syria's children ▸
  • Livelihoods: Helping refugees support themselves through prolonged displacement in Iraq with cash assistance, business skills training and access to employment.
  • Conflict mitigation: Working to ease tensions and promote cooperation between refugees and their host communities around shared resources and living conditions.

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How You Can Help

Your support helps us deliver more food water, shelter and support to Syrian refugees struggling through this terrible crisis. Donate to our Syria Crisis Response today ▸

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