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With the crisis in Syria now in its tenth year with no resolution in sight, civilians continue to bear the brunt of this complex and multi-polar conflict. As of 2020, 6.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced, 5.6 million have fled as refugees, and large parts of the country have been reduced to ruins. Civilians across Syria continue to experience significant humanitarian and protection needs, and intense hostilities persist in numerous parts of the country. This ongoing humanitarian catastrophe has left some 11.7 million people in urgent need of multi-sectorial humanitarian assistance.
DRC is one of the largest NGOs operating in Syria today, and has been present in the country since 2008. Scaled-up crisis response began in 2012, and today DRC is able to meet the urgent needs of conflict-affected people through the provision of integrated and principled humanitarian assistance, services, and advocacy.
DRC’s strategic approach in Syria works to address the needs of individuals and communities in different stages of the displacement cycle. Therefore, DRC provides emergency response to people in acute need, while also developing integrated assistance programming for individuals and communities in both situations of protracted displacement and the initial stages of post-conflict recovery.
DRC programming therefore responds to a broad spectrum of needs - from life-saving interventions for newly displaced populations to transitional and resilience-oriented solutions. This approach supports Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host community members through shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, protection, economic recovery programming, and risk education support, reaching 322,958 unique beneficiaries in 2019.
DRC’s vision is to improve the safety, dignity, and resilience of conflict-affected populations by providing life-saving assistance and working towards sustainable long-term solutions. To that end, DRC continuously advocates for comprehensive and durable solutions for the displaced, and maintains UNHCR’s position that the conditions inside Syria are not conducive for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees to Syria.