Syria: 2023 in pictures

  • The ICRC’s President, Mirjana Spoljaric, visits Aleppo, just days after the devastating earthquake in February 2023.
    Aleppo/Sana Tarabishi/ICRC
  • The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) responding to the earthquake in Aleppo in February 2023.
  • The ICRC and the SARC provided transformers to the Electricity Establishment in Lattakia following the earthquake.
    Lattakia/Ammar Saboh/ICRC
  • Najwa, a mother of two and the breadwinner of her family, proudly stands in her spice shop in Marj Al-Sultan, Rural Damascus, after benefitting from an ICRC-SARC grant.
    Rural Damascus/Ayham AlHallak/ICRC
  • Five Syrian children from Iraq were reunited with their family in Syria after years of separation.
    Damascus/Ammar Saboh/ICRC
  • The first of its kind floating pumping station project at Balloran Lake, Lattakia, which is the most important water source in the area, implemented by the ICRC and the SARC.
    Lattakia/Houssam Idris/ICRC
  • Bayan, her brother, and grandmother at the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Center in Aleppo during a recreational event for children with disabilities.
    Aleppo/Ola AlOjaili/ICRC
  • Radwan, a child in Al-Hol Camp in Hassakeh, receiving treatment at the SARC-ICRC hospital in Al-Hol camp after breaking his leg while playing.
    Hassakeh/Diman Ameen/ICRC
  • Mohammed, a farmer from Quneitra, passionately celebrating his harvest after he received an ICRC-SARC sesame seeds grant.
    Quneitra/Ayham AlHallak/ICRC
  • As the school year starts, a boy receives a bag filled with stationery by the ICRC and the SARC.
    Aleppo/Sana Tarabishi/ICRC
  • Ibrahim happily interacting with an ICRC Specialist after receiving psycho-social support following the earthquake.
    Aleppo/Yacoub Elias/ICRC
25 January 2024

The year 2023 was not easy on Syrians. People were already enduring immense losses from over a decade of conflict, only for the pain to be doubled by the devastating earthquake in February that left families shattered, and homes and neighborhoods demolished.

Additionally, the deteriorating economic situation deepened the struggle of Syrian families to meet their essential needs. The failing infrastructure also hindered the communities' access to healthcare, power, and clean water.

Throughout the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) continued to provide vital services to millions of people. They have responded to the most pressing needs, helping hundreds of people to restore their livelihoods, supporting healthcare facilities, and carrying out repairs in critical water infrastructures. Our commitment to assisting those most affected by the consequences of conflicts will not waver in 2024.