After eight years of conflict, the crisis is far from over.
Close to 12 million people require humanitarian aid in Syria. Of these, five million are in urgent need of life-saving help. Half the country’s health facilities are out of service or damaged, and more than two million children are unable to attend school.
Ongoing and emerging conflict in the Northwest and Northeast is endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of families. Water and electricity infrastructure are being destroyed, which will only make matters worse for many who have already suffered so much.
Red Cross Red Crescent teams are providing food, clean drinking water, blankets and mattresses to families who have been forced to flee. They are working around the clock to provide first aid, basic healthcare and ambulance services to those sick or injured, as well as working to rehabilitate damaged water systems. At the frontline of the response are our Syrian colleagues from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society, with support from the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.
We are also calling on all those participating in the fight to spare civilians, not target healthcare facilities and civilian infrastructure and to allow safe, guaranteed access to people in need by humanitarian organisations.
Funds raised and donated will provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the Syrian crisis by:
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.