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EMERGENCY RESPONSE

SYRIA CRISIS

The Syrian Civil War has escalated once again. Increasing conflict and violence are putting millions of children and families at risk.

  1. The Syrian crisis has already displaced over 5.4 MILLION refugees. 50% of them are children under the age of 18.
  2. In early October 2019 alone, at least 160,000 people have been displaced and are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  3. Ground troops, airstrikes, and sniper fire are putting thousands in harm’s way.
  4. Cold weather will soon set in and temperatures will drop rapidly. Children and families need your immediate assistance.

Food for the Hungry (FH) has been working with our partners in the region since 2013, assisting vulnerable children and families. This response includes walking alongside pastors and faith leaders through our partner, Middle East Revive and Thrive (MERATH). In light of the current situation, our relief unit has mobilized and, together with our partners on the ground, is already assessing the most important needs.

Today, you can meet their urgent needs — faithfully answering God’s call to respond to suffering — and help save their lives.

Please give a compassionate gift online to provide emergency food, water, and winter supplies to these struggling refugees and victims of war.

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Half of Syria’s pre-war population has been forced from their homes due to violence. 5.4 million people – half of them children – are refugees in other countries. They live in tents or dilapidated buildings and are desperate for food, shelter, water, and other necessities. Many parents helplessly watch while their children wither away.

Syria is the largest ongoing refugee crisis in the world right now. Food for the Hungry (FH) is providing life-saving supplies through our partner, Middle East Revive and Thrive (MERATH), in affected parts of the Middle East.

We’ve seen heart-wrenching photos and heard rhetoric that inspires fear, anger, and distrust, but what are the facts about Syrians fleeing their homes and creating a global crisis of epic proportions?

Before Syria’s brutal war started in 2011, more than 22 million people called the nation home. More than half of those people have either died or fled. Another 6.1 million are internally displaced in Syria—trapped inside a country devastated by war, surviving on the edge of life, surrounded by horrors too brutal to imagine, struggling to survive in the country’s shattered infrastructure and economy. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported in April 2018 that 13.1 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance.

Read one refugee family’s story.

In partnership with the Integral Alliance and MERATH, Food for the Hungry is helping provide emergency food, shelter, winterization support, educational assistance for children including child-friendly spaces, psychological counseling, and more.

Historical Context

Syria’s refugee crisis began in March 2011 as pro-democracy protests turned violent, sparking even more protests by hundreds of thousands of Syrians. Violence escalated into civil war, and the United Nations estimated that 90,000 people were killed by June 2013. That number climbed to 250,000 by August 2015 and had drawn in neighboring countries, world powers, jihadists and the Islamic State (ISIS).

Horrific human rights violations have been reported, including public executions, beheadings, amputations and the use of chemical weapons against civilians (Source: BBC). People fled for their lives, leaving behind their belongings, friends, family and any sense of welfare or security.

Where did Syrian refugees go?

Most refugees fled to the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan where Food for the Hungry is offering aid in partnership with MERATH and the Integral Alliance. As of October 2019, Turkey has taken in over 3.6 million Syrian refugees. With host communities in the Middle East overwhelmed—food, medical care and other necessities dangerously scarce—a wave of 1 million people flooded several countries in Europe in August 2017, which are also struggling to integrate and provide for the refugees.

Challenges Refugees Face

Read about 3 hidden costs of being a refugee.

Lack of income is one of the biggest struggles refugees face. Without money, parents can’t provide for their families, which puts children in danger of disease and death. Crowded spaces and lack of resources have also made hygiene a huge concern. Due to lack of clean water and sanitation, diseases like polio and cholera easily spread. In some locations, water shortages have severely impacted the population; refugees in these areas get only 30 liters of water per person per day.

More than half of all Syrian refugees are under 18. They don’t receive decent educations; many have been out of school for months or years, which threatens to trap them into a generation of poverty even after the war is over. These children and teens have lost their homes, schools, families, and friends. They’re frightened, confused, and angry.

Toll on Children

The struggles of this conflict most heavily fall on children. UNICEF estimates that 2.6 million children remain displaced inside Syria, with 2.5 million children living as refugees in neighbouring countries.

While everyone is exposed to violence and displacement due to war, kids are particularly vulnerable to health risks, abuse, or exploitation. Millions can no longer pursue an education, which will set back their mental growth and development for years—which can have an impact that stretches across future generations. Many Syrian kids are also drafted into the war or are captured on the long trips they must make to safety. Syrian children are in desperate need of safety and shelter, food, clean water, and simple warmth.

What Can I Do?

There are several ways you can help the Syrian refugees:
Give.
Your generous donation will save lives, and you can give a one-time donation or commit to a monthly amount.

Pray.
Lift up Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon as well as the people arriving in Jordan, Iraq, Europe, America and other locations. Pray for the leaders of each country involved, asking that the civil war ends soon and conflicts settle peacefully. If you live near Syrian refugees or know your area will have an influx of them, pray specifically about how you can help.

Share.
Food for the Hungry also needs you to help grow our online presence. Use your social media accounts to raise awareness of the Syrian crisis and the refugees’ plight. Get your church involved. Ask if you can speak publicly about this crisis, or write a pertinent post for the church’s blog or web page.

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