An estimated 13.52 million people, including six million children are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. 6.5 million People, including 2.8 million children, are displaced within Syria, of which 4.8 million are in besieged and hard-to-reach areas and 4.2 million are registered refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa.
UNHCR started its operations in Syria with the first Iraqi war in 1991 and expanded its operation exponentially with the massive influx of Iraqi refugees in the middle of the last decade.
In 2012, with the escalation of the crisis in Syria, UNHCR expanded the scope of its operations to respond to the humanitarian needs of increasing number of internally displaced persons and other populations affected.
To date, UNHCR in cooperation with partner International and National NGOs undertake programmes aiming at reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing protection, through a wide range of community-based activities, with particular focus on the neediest and most vulnerable population groups.
In 2015, UNHCR reached more than 850,000 individuals though protection and community services interventions, including through capacity building of its partners. UNHCR has provided targeted material assistance, socio-economic and recreational activities, psychosocial support, legal aid, gender-based violence referral, child protection services, community based initiatives as well as awareness raising sessions on various issues, ranging from residency procedures to prevention of gender-based violence and early marriages in Syria. The collective efforts of Protection sector partners, which UNHCR coordinates as the sector lead agency, benefited more than 3.5 million internally displaced persons.
So far, UNHCR supported 30 community centers in 9 governorates. All interventions of the community centers are designed to focus attention in particular on persons with specific needs with activities such as counseling, education, livelihood, vocational training, primary health and psychosocial support activities. Over 1,000 beneficiaries per month are supported by UNHCR and partners with a variety of protection services through a community center.
In response to the rapid displacement, UNHCR Syria dispatched over 9 million core relief items in 2015 to 3.2 million needy individuals in 12 out of the 14 governorates including cross border convoys from Turkey and Jordan, provided cash assistance to some 23,000 families, delivered shelter assistance to more than 60,000 individuals and ensured nearly 800,000 individuals had access to healthcare.
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Street lights, provide protection and enhance social life in Aleppo8 May 2017
Since last February nine Community Based Initiatives took place in Karm AL-Sabbagh neighborhood in east Aleppo to fix lights on columns and walls at the crossings around the streets.
Torn-apart by the War, a Displaced Woman Finds Relief8 Mar 2017
Between staying in Syria with her elderly parents or leaving to Germany to her husband and son, Nijat was left with a difficult choice.
Syria In Focus2 Mar 2017
Monthly update on UNHCR Syria activities, current interventions, partner activities and the stories of beneficiaries themselves.
UNHCR helps displaced Syrians rebuild their ruined homes26 Feb 2017
Shelter rehabilitation scheme has helped some 11,000 people to refurbish homes destroyed by war, with plan to more than double support this year
Community Centers Provide Protection and Releif to Displaced Syrians21 Feb 2017
Community Centres are safe public places where Syrian women, men, boys and girls of diverse backgrounds can benefit from a variety of protection services.
In the Old city of Aleppo, displaced return with good will26 Jan 2017
“Our good will is to preserve and restore the old souks and khans to what it had been for centuries”
UNHCR sees signs of hope in Aleppo, despite destruction17 Jan 2017
“The soul of Aleppo is still there, and there is optimism and there is hope,” said Sajjad Malik, UNHCR Representative in Syria.
Aleppo – Hard pressed to cope5 Jan 2017
Survivors of fighting from East Aleppo are recovering amid harsh winter conditions, collective shelters of Jibreen, Aleppo.
The Lives of the People of Aleppo; their Hardship and their Hope28 Dec 2016
Amidst destruction and damage to most of the city, they went to check on their homes, only to find their homes in ruins after years of fighting.
UNHCR first visit to the ancient parts of the war torn city of Aleppo21 Dec 2016
UNHCR staff enter the ancient city of Aleppo, a World Heritage Site since 1986.