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Mercy Corps has been working in Syria since 2008. Syria's prolonged and increasingly violent civil war has been raging for six years. The fighting has killed a reported 470,000 people and driven 11.1 million people from their homes, creating a desperate humanitarian crisis inside the country and throughout the region.
Basic resources like water and shelter are scarce, and millions of children have been uprooted from school and any sense of stability. Their future is in question, and the massive displacement is destabilizing the entire region.
- Emergency response: Meeting the urgent needs of 2.5 million people both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. Distributing emergency food and supplies, increasing access to clean water and sanitation, improving shelters, and creating safe spaces and activities to help children heal from trauma.
Lebanon, Syria: ‘Here, I feel safe’
Laughter could be heard across the yard of the Beitokom Community Center in Baalbeck, as Alaa raced to greet us. The 13-year-old and his family recently arrived from Damascus, having fled near-nightly bombardment, terror and immeasurable personal loss.
Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Jordan, Syria: Leena's worries for her children
I met Leena in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Jordan's northwest border with Syria.
Lebanon, Syria: Building a community of support for refugees
Two signature Mercy Corps programs will bring support and healing to young Syrian refugees, their parents, and Lebanese hosts families, all affected by the escalating violence in Syria.
Jordan, Syria: Zaatari refugee camp rapidly expands
Less than six miles from the Syrian border, the Zaatari camp opened just a month ago and is already home to more than 20,000 refugees. The most pressing need in the camp is water.
Jordan, Syria: Securing clean water for Syrian refugees
Mugar Dumitrache, Mercy Corps' emergency water and sanitation expert, recently arrived in Jordan to assess the situation in the rapidly expanding Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 15,000 people.
Jordan, Syria: Helping young refugees play
Just six miles south of the Jordan-Syria border, in the middle of a barren, windswept desert, there’s a haven of safety for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes in recent months.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission
Children especially are swelling the refugee ranks. It is a scenario I have witnessed over many years in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and other war zones.
Lebanon, Syria: Making progress to comfort more Syrian kids
Yesterday held some big developments for Mercy Corps' new efforts to support Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrians take refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley
In the two days visiting recently arrived Syrians, most of the refugees I encountered were children, who've been uprooted from the only life they've every known. Here's what I saw and heard from them.