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Catastrophic Humanitarian Situation due to Years of Conflict

Ensuring survival in Syria

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Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

After years of civil war, Syria is now experiencing one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises since World War II. Almost half of the entire Syrian population was displaced by the fighting. Millions of people are refugees in their own country and in the neighbouring states of Türkiye, Lebanon and Iraq. And after years of violence, an end is still not in sight.

Catastrophic humanitarian situation due to years of conflict

Welthungerhilfe has been providing emergency aid to civil war victims in Syria since 2013. With the large number of refugees to Türkiye and northern Iraq and with additional displacements within Iraq, Welthungerhilfe also became involved in these countries. 

Number of people reached in Syria in 2017 © Welthungerhilfe

Coordinated by the country office in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, civil war victims and displaced persons in the region have been receiving support since the summer of 2014. Since November 2016, Welthungerhilfe has been operating another country office in the city of Dohuk in northern Iraq.

Welthungerhilfe's efforts in Syria are focusing on the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. Most people have hardly any opportunities to earn money: Factories are shuttered, trade with neighbouring countries has dried up and the agricultural industry has broken down. Together with its partners Hand in Hand for Syria, IHSAN and People in Need (PIN), Welthungerhilfe is supporting the most vulnerable families in Syria with urgent humanitarian assistance and reconstruction of infrastructure for food security.

How Welthungerhilfe is helping

Institutional donors: Federal Foreign Office (AA)

Syrian refugees in Türkiye

More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees had found refuge in Türkiye (UN-OCHA: March 2018). The refugee camps don't have sufficient capacity for them, and many people don't want to live in camps. The majority therefore lives elsewhere, mostly in the country's southeast or in metropolises such as Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir. Welthungerhilfe supports the refugees and provides essentials for their survival:

How Welthungerhilfe is helping in Türkiye

Institutional donor: Federal Foreign Office (AA), Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNICEF, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ECHO

Two men are working on the field.
Syrian farmers grow peppers and tomatoes on Turkish soil to sell at the local market. © Martin Stollberg/Welthungerhilfe

Alliance2015 for Optimal Help

The people affected by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq are in desperate need of support. Welthungerhilfe is working hand in hand with other organisations to meet the needs of the suffering population as well as possible. Alliance2015 is a strategic alliance of seven European development organisations. Since 2012, Welthungerhilfe has been on location, supporting people in the region along with alliance partners ACTED, Cesvi, Concern Worldwide, Hivos and People in Need.

The current annual report offers a summary of Alliance2015’s activities in Syria and the surrounding countries affected by the conflict.

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