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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.
Syria: Our statement: Humanitarian access for all Syrians now
Hostilities continue to hamper our ability to deliver food and other aid to thousands in need in Syria. Mercy Corps calls for unfettered, sustained humanitarian access for all Syrian civilians. Now.
Afghanistan, Syria: Meet some of the youngest refugees fleeing to Europe
More than 55 percent of the refugees making the difficult journey towards Europe are women and children. Meet a few of the youngest making the journey, and read their stories.
Syria: Our statement on Syria cease-fire: Why wait one week?
We see tens of thousands of men, women and children desperately looking for a safe place, without finding one. We must ask: Why wait one more week before the fighting stops?
Syria, Turkey: In the news: Tens of thousands flee fighting in Aleppo city
As more and more Syrians flee Aleppo and gather at the Turkish border, we are providing food baskets and emergency supplies to help them cope.
Syria: The Supporting Syria and the Region Conference: Optimism and urgency
Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps Europe, reflects on the recent gathering of world leaders to discuss the Syria crisis, now almost five years old, and what is needed to finally bring the crisis to an end.
Syria: Airstrikes cut off humanitarian access to Aleppo City, Syria
Since Wednesday February 3, Mercy Corps' operations in northern Syria have effectively been sliced in half. “We are cut off from Aleppo City,” says David Evans, Mercy Corps’ regional program director for the Middle East.
Iraq, Syria: Teen Syrian refugee boy looks for community in Iraq
Sepan, 15, dances to the beat of his own drummer. A Syrian refugee, he feels isolated in Iraq, but a new Mercy Corps community center could change all that.
Syria: Airstrikes along Turkish border jeopardize aid to Syrians
The increase in airstrikes against towns located between Aleppo City and the Syria-Turkey border threatens critical supply routes for humanitarian aid. Mercy Corps is continuing efforts to deliver aid to Syrian citizens amid increasing danger.
Syria, Turkey: Follow board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's journey through Turkey
As Mercy Corps board member Gayle Tzemach Lemmon travels through Turkey, she is documenting her reflections. Read what she has to say about the situation and the Mercy Corps programs that are helping refugees cope.
Jordan, Syria: New glasses bring refugee child to the head of the class
It's difficult to learn if you cannot see. That's why Mercy Corps is linking Syrian refugee school children in Jordan, like Omar, with necessary eye exams and glasses.