People of Syria between conflict and refuge

Samar Haidar

With an intensifying armed conflict in Syria, a growing number of civilians have been internally displaced or have fled to neighbouring countries. If no political solution is reached, these numbers will continue to rise. But it’s not only those fleeing the conflict who are in need of humanitarian aid. Often, people in the countries who receive them need assistance, too.

The situation within Syria …

The humanitarian situation in Syria is deteriorating. The destruction of infrastructure, homes and livelihoods has resulted in 13.5 million of Syria’s 22 million population being in need of humanitarian assistance. Moreover, the shifting conflict lines and high levels of insecurity and violence have restricted access to basic humanitarian services in many parts of the country. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) continues to be the lead agency in providing essential humanitarian assistance and life-saving health assistance for extremely vulnerable individuals and families, and it remains the main source of information on the status of the 6.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) within Syria. Local Syrian groups are able to collect data only within their areas of intervention, which makes it difficult to draw a comprehensive picture of the IDP situation.

'The shifting conflict lines and high levels of insecurity and violence have restricted access to basic humanitarian services in many parts of the country.'

 
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