Flashpoint: The war in Syria

The war in Syria, which has entered its seventh year, remains the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis in the world.

 

The Syrian conflict, which has entered its seventh year, remains the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis in the world.

Even as the six-year-long war shows no sign of ending, accessing besieged areas, which desperately need assistance, is becoming increasingly challenging.

As the world urbanizes, so does conflict. Syria's cities have become a battlefield with the ongoing war forcing people to run for their lives.

Millions affected by war

Today, over 50% of the population has been displaced from their homes in Syria. Over 5 million people have sought safety in neighbouring countries.

Children in the war zone

Death and destruction mar the lives of the 11 million people who have been forced from their homes. Many of them are children, desperately seeking safety from the hellfire that is the current warzone.

Millions of children are deprived of even a basic education with more people on the move than ever before, wars lasting years and chronic violence on the rise in many areas.

Despite the protection afforded them by international law, children are vulnerable to all sorts of risks. From malnutrition to lack of education, children suffer the most during war time.

How is the ICRC helping?

At the ICRC, working closely with the Syrian Arabic Red Crescent, we are doing our utmost to provide a timely and neutral response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.