Crisis in Syria and the region

12 million Syrians desperately need humanitarian aid

...the desperation is growing and there is no forseen solution

Assem El Essawi has just ended his mission as field coordinator for the ICRC in Syria. He says that the situation has worsened while he was working there and he left the country with visions of massive destruction everywhere he was able to travel. Despite growing despair, the people he met are finding ways to survive, and still prefer to live in a dire situation than to leave the country and become refugees.


1.9 million
people across the country received food parcels
15 million
people were provided access to clean drinking water, thanks to the provision of chemicals to treat water
patients in displaced (IDP) shelters were provided with primary health-care services in Homs, Hama, Idleb, rural Damascus, Sweida, Tartous and Deir Ezzor
people living in displaced (IDP) shelters in Aleppo, Homs, Lattakia and rural Damascus received daily meals prepared in collective kitchens
people received hygiene kits, towels, mattresses, blankets and other household essentials
children displaced by the fighting were provided with school kits and 50,000 with winter clothes
people in four governorates received water by truck
facilities, serving as temporary shelters for 120,000 displaced people, were equipped with showers, sanitary facilities and water points
disabled patients were provided with wheelchairs in Damascus, Aleppo and Deraa, and 1,000 pairs of crutches were also distributed
The hospital in Aleppo was provided with hemodialysis consumables for 600 dialysis sessions to treat kidney diseases
generators were provided for 6 health facilities in Aleppo and 1 to a hospital in Homs
tracing requests were received from people seeking to locate their relatives and 5 people without valid identification papers were resettled in other countries with temporary ICRC travel documents
ICRC in Syria

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