Six years of continuous violence in Syria have created the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Millions desperately need food, shelter and medical care.
Every day, we help thousands of families to survive and cope through:
- emergency food parcels and safe drinking water
- emergency health care, including first aid and vaccinations
- hygiene kits with toothpaste, soap, toilet paper and other essentials
- blankets to keep out the cold
- cash grants to help the poorest families pay for medical bills, rent and school fees
We need your help.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross are in constant negotiations with all parties to the conflict, so they can provide aid to those who need it most.
Red Cross calls on all parties to the conflict to comply with international humanitarian law (the laws of war) and refrain from harming civilians, protect medical personnel and allow humanitarian workers to bring help.
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Syrian crisis - your questions answered
What is happening in Syria right now?
There are 13.5 million people in need: nearly 9 million have been forced out of their homes to other parts of Syria. Many are still in besieged or hard-to-reach areas. Syria's economy, infrastructure and hospitals have been severely damaged, and more than 75 per cent of Syrians live in poverty. The situation in Syria is considered the largest humanitarian crisis since World War Two and more than 4.2 million people have fled the country.
What is Red Cross Red Crescent doing?
The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is providing humanitarian assistance to those made vulnerable by conflict and emergencies. Working closely with Syrian Arab Red Crescent, we provide the basic necessities people need to survive: from food and water to medical care and hygiene items.
We are also supporting Syrians who have become refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, as well as the communities hosting them.
How are donation funds from the Syria Crisis Appeal being used?
Funds raised and donated will provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis by:
- providing ambulance and first aid services and support to health care and clinics
- distribution of food, water and other relief items through Syrian Arab Red Crescent
- working with our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in neighbouring countries in providing assistance with emergency health, relief and recovery support to displaced people
- sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessments and relief and recovery operations.
Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any Syria donation for an international appeal to cover appeal and administration costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency response and recovery initiatives in the Middle East. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.
Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Can I donate to Syria with items like blankets?
We are unable to accept donated goods. As with all emergency appeals, the best and most effective way to help people is by donating cash. The cost of shipping donated items from Australia would far exceed the cost of purchasing them in bulk closer to Syria, from quality suppliers, and packing and delivering them from our Syrian warehouse.
How do I find out about family or friends in the region?
People concerned for the welfare of family and friends in the region, should first attempt to contact them directly. If the person overseas is an Australian Citizen, they should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (for enquirers in Australia) or +612 6261 3305 (for enquirers overseas). For other enquiries, contact our Tracing Service.