The latest figures released by Islamic Relief reveal that in just six months over 1.6 million vulnerable people have been assisted through its emergency response to the Syrian conflict.

Now into its fifth year, brutal conflict in Syria has fuelled the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The numbers are staggering. Some 4.7 million people are now thought to be in need inside hard-to-reach or besieged areas. At least 7.6 million individuals are to be internally displaced within the war-torn country. Half of those displaced are children. In their search for safety, many have been uprooted multiple times and are falling into destitution.

More than four million people that have fled Syria are now scattered across countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. They face deteriorating conditions and bleak futures as refugees unable to return home, and some are now undertaking perilous journeys in an attempt to reach a safe haven in Europe.

Humanitarian aid that saves lives

A family with their Ramadan food parcel, distributed by Islamic Relief in Syria.

A family with their Ramadan food parcel, distributed by Islamic Relief in Syria.

Between January to June this year, Islamic Relief’s multi-million pound Syria operations reached nearly 1.68 million people. Working deep inside Syria, we helped more than one million people with medical aid including intensive care drug and medical disposables, alongside food and much needed items such as tents, clothing, and blankets.

In neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan, over 209,000 refugees benefited from aid such as foodpacks, gas heaters, emergency mobile health clinics, and educational and psychosocial support for children. We also reached over 412,000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in nearby Iraq, where protracted conflict also continues to devastate lives. Humanitarian assistance included food aid for more than 192,000 individuals, hygiene kits, and vocational training to help refugees earn a living once more.

Preparing for winter and expanding our interventions

Islamic Relief is now gearing up for the harsh winter weather ahead, which is expected to hit those forced from their homes particularly hard, and we are further expanding our programmes to reach vulnerable people in other areas. In addition, we are increasing our focus on livelihoods interventions and work to ease tensions between refugees and the host communities that are straining to meet their needs. But as the fighting continues, humanitarian funding is running critically short in almost every sector.

Islamic Relief has reached around seven million vulnerable people we began responding at the onset of the crisis in 2011. The people of Syria need help today, more than ever. With your support, we can reach many more. Please donate to our Syria Crisis Appeal now.