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Crisis in Syria

The International Rescue Committee is marshalling a humanitarian response to help the thousands of people crossing Syria’s borders every day, as well as those trapped by the violence inside the country. We provide medical and other critical aid, help women and girl victims of violence, and ensure refugees have access to their legal rights.

Read our in-depth report on the Crisis in Syria here.




An ongoing civil war has left millions of Syrians in need of aid. The International Rescue Committee is providing assistance both within Syria and in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. We have been helping vulnerable Syrians inside their country since early 2012, and with our partners have already provided emergency support to more than 700,000 people.

How we help
  • The IRC is providing support to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as well as Syrians inside their war-torn country. We are currently helping refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. We will begin work in Turkey in early 2014.
  • In Syria, we have reached close to 900,000 vulnerable people with medical and emergency supplies.We work directly in camps for displaced Syrians in the northern part of the country, providing clean water, sanitation, education, and emergency kits to tens of thousands of Syrians in need. We also provide targeted emotional and educational support for women and children in the camps. We also operate four static and two mobile clinics in northern Syria, and have already reached more than 30,000 Syrians with primary care. The IRC also works closely with Syrian partners to ensure aid reaches those in most need across the country.
  • In Jordan, the IRC provides reproductive health care, cash assistance, and social services to refugee families, as well as counselling and other support for survivors of sexual violence. In Jordan’s refugee camps, the IRC provides support for refugee women and girls and helps to reunite children who've crossed the border alone, with their families.
  • In Lebanon, the IRC operates four Women's Centres for refugees and vulnerable Lebanese. We provide counselling, medical consultations, and group activities. We are also helping hundreds of refugee families and Lebanese living in communities with large refugee populations with cash assistance enabling them to pay for rent, food, utilities and other essentials. We are also launching a major education campaign for refugee children in Lebanon, and are providing job training and placement projects for adults.
  • In Iraq, The IRC is working in refugee camps to reach the most vulnerable. We operate women's centres, provide education, water and sanitation services, and ensure refugees have free access to legal assistance. In 2014, we are expanding our work with Iraq's urban refugee population, many of whom have difficulty accessing jobs, housing, education and health services.

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