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[update on 23 December, 2016]

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Over the past six years, with no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, hundreds of thousands of people are living in desperate conditions and exposed to continuing violence. Today, half the pre-conflict population of 22 million Syrians have fled their homes and more than 13.5 million people urgently need your help. In December, 35,000 people were evacuated from the northern city of Aleppo according to the UN. 

The human suffering caused by the six years of civil war in Syria is overwhelming. We are helping those affected by the crisis, across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and in Greece, Serbia and Macedonia.

The Scale of the Syrian Crisis

Since the crisis started in March 2011, more than 300,000 lives have been lost in Syria. Today, the situation in the country continues to go from bad to worse with over 13.5 million people affected by the conflict and in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.1 million people internally displaced from their homes. 

More than 4.8 million people have fled to neighbouring countries including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Three-quarters of them are women and children. The steady arrival of families displaced by the conflict in those countries is putting extreme pressure on local infrastructure and economies. In Lebanon alone, one in every five people is now a refugee from Syria. Turkey currently hosts more than 2.7 million Syrians, as well as a quarter of a million refugees of other nationalities – more than any other country in the world. 

Additionally, the majority of Syrian families sheltering in neighbouring countries live in urban areas, outside of formal camp settings. This makes it harder for them to access vital help. More than 70 per cent of refugees in Lebanon and 87 per cent in Jordan live below the national poverty line. 

Oxfam Hong Kong allocated HK$2.76 million to respond to this emergency. We urgently need your help to do more.

Oxfam’s Response in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria

In Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, we are helping more than 2 million people with life-saving clean water, sanitation, and vital support for families who have lost everything.

In Neighbouring Countries

In Jordan and Lebanon, we are supporting refugees with clean drinking water or cash with establishing the operation centres since 2013. We are helping families get the information they need about their legal and human rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services. 

We have built shower and toilet blocks in refugee camps, informal settlements along routes used by people fleeing Syria and have installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees. Piped water schemes are being developed for Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp and in host communities in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

Inside Syria

Inside Syria, we are focusing on rehabilitating the water infrastructure, including repairing wells. We are planning to provide clean water to 1.5 million people and working on public health promotion, solid waste management and supporting livelihoods. 

In mid-December, Oxfam started moving the relief stock from Damascus to Aleppo. These include:
- a total of 20L Jerry Cans and 14L buckets with taps for 6,000 households
- 10m³ PVC water tanks and 45m³ water tanks for the affected community 

More relief items, such as 10,200 family hygiene kits, latrines, winter clothing, baby diapers, blankets, mattresses and sanitary pads will be dispatched next.

Campaigning for a Political Solution to the Conflict

Providing life-saving support to the millions of people affected by this devastating conflict is essential but it is not enough. We have been campaigning and advocating for an end to the fighting, and a sustainable and inclusive political solution since the beginning of the crisis. 

We will continue to call on all parties to the conflict to stop any arms transfers and guarantee humanitarian access and protection of civilians, whether inside Syria or in neighbouring countries. 

We are also calling for rich states to commit to fully funding this year’s Syria crisis response appeal and to resettle 10 per cent of all registered Syrian refugees by the end of 2017.

The full fair share analysis for funding and resettlement pledges received to date are available here.

The paper ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way – Safe havens needed for refugees from Syria’ released in December is available here.

The Syrian crisis continues to deepen, and the human suffering is greater than ever before. Satellite images showed that most of Syria’s lights have gone out – plunging streets, homes, schools and hospitals into darkness, and gradually extinguishing hope. Yet in the face of this darkness ordinary Syrians are committing unseen acts of heroism every day. Inspired by their courage, we joined hands #WithSyria with over 130 organisations and individuals on the movement, and we do all we can to help end the suffering and turn the lights back on.

We call on you urgently to take action to:

  1. Boost the humanitarian response - fully fund the aid response and ensure refugees seeking safety find asylum, including through increased resettlement for the most vulnerable;
  2. Stop attacks on civilians - send an unequivocal message to parties to the conflict that attacks on civilians and blocks to aid will not be tolerated; and
  3. Prioritize a political solution with human rights at the heart: a halt to the suffering can only be achieved if negotiations - whether local or international - include safeguards to ensure respect for international humanitarian and human rights law 

#WithSyria: Online petition | Facebook