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Syrian families in need


Syrian families in need

11 March 2017 Also available in:
Aisha stands in the middle of an unfinished apartment turned into shelter for internally displaced people in the hard-to-reach town of Qudsaya, Syria. © UNHCR/Qusai Alazroni
Six years on, Syria remains the greatest refugee crisis of our time. More than 4.9 million have fled Syria and millions are displaced inside the country. These men, women and children are fleeing war and persecution. They are some of the most vulnerable people on earth.

Most have sought safety in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. But resources are stretched and families are struggling to cope. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is providing life-saving assistance to protect people who have been forced to flee their homes. But we can’t do it alone.

Now more than ever we need your support to help people like Aisha and their families.


Can you imagine being so cold you would burn trash just to stay warm? That’s the reality facing 70-year-old Aisha who is struggling to survive another bitter winter inside Syria.

“I burn plastic and cardboard to get some warmth during the winter,” says the grandmother, who fled fighting in rural Damascus five years ago with her two daughters and three grandchildren.

Today they live in an unfinished building converted into a shelter for displaced people in a mountain town just a few kilometres from Damascus that has been largely cut off by war.

“We barely survive here,” says Aisha, standing in a damp, unfurnished room. “We don’t even have warm clothes in this harsh weather. In a situation like ours, anything can help us survive.”

Imagine she was your grandmother. Would you help her? By donating to UNHCR, you can help those in need like Aisha and her family. Every little bit counts.


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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.