Syria

Country Facts

DRC present since:

2008

Staff on location:

198

Displaced population:

12,300,000

What we do

Displacement Situation

With crisis in Syria now in its eleventh year, the conflict in Syria is far from over. Civilians in Syria continue to face significant humanitarian and protection needs and bear the brunt of a conflict that forced more than half of the population into displacement and 5.6 million people into refuge. In the last two years, the impact of the conflict, compounded by the pandemic, new sanctions, local currency devaluation, and the economic crisis in neighbouring Lebanon, have exacerbated the situation leading to 90 per cent of the population living in poverty and an unemployment rate of 50 per cent among the working age population. This was also further exacerbated by the challenges faced by humanitarian organisations due to the increase in sanctions and consequent limitations to banks being unwilling and/or are unable to transfer funds into Syria.

DRC is one of the largest INGOs operating from Damascus with a longstanding presence, having begun operations in 2008 and scaled-up response to the crisis in 2012. 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 Response 

DRC strategic approach in Syria works to address the needs of individuals and communities in need. Today, more than 13.7 million people in the country are need, with almost 6 million of them in extreme or catastrophic need. DRC provides emergency response to those in acute need, while simultaneously, developing integrated assistance programming for individuals and communities in protracted displacement and the initial stages of post-conflict recovery.

Through various programming, DRC responds to a broad spectrum of needs. DRC delivers support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returned, and host community members through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), economic recovery, protection, risk education and shelter. In 2020, DRC Syria helped 828,333 beneficiaries.

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.

Contact

Gerry Garvey

Regional Director

[email protected]

Victor Velasco

Country Director

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