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Syria - Three years of conflict



The conflict raging in Syria is one of the most violent in recent memory with more than 100,000 people killed, at least half a million wounded, and millions of people displaced and tens of thousands detained. Virtually the entire population suffers from the direct consequences of the conflict in one way or another. In violence stricken areas, the breakdown of essential services, such as electricity, water supplies and garbage collection, has added to the misery. Many people struggle to make it through the day because of intense fighting and a severely weakened economy, and are completely dependent on the generosity of fellow Syrians and on humanitarian aid.

The crisis has had a number of other consequences as well:

  •  Public services are breaking down under the pressure of large-scale displacement. The water and sewage system is on the verge of collapse creating the need not only for emergency response but also for system-wide support.
  • The situation with regard to public health is grim. Vast sections of the population have no access to suitable health care. The wounded are not being cared for properly, vaccination rates have dropped and the chronically ill are not receiving the necessary treatment. The long term consequences are predictable: rising rates of mortality, the potential re-emergence of certain diseases and permanent disability for tens of thousands.
  • Food production is down, prices continue to rise, and more and more people are coming to depend on emergency food aid.
  • Millions of displaced persons need temporary shelter.
  • Children have stopped going to school.
  • Tens of thousands have disappeared or are detained, and remain out of touch with their families. They have essentially disappeared.

Profiles from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent

  • Abeer Shaker
  • A volunteer who decided to live separately from her family and join the Syrian Arab Red Crescent
  • Wafaa Malla Aref
  • A former Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer who is now working in al-Battani Polyclinic in al-Raqqah
  • Yaser Assaf
  • A Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer and an Arabic literature graduate

The human cost of conflict

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Statements

Joint statement - Syria crisis, 3 years on: the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement calls for an end to the humanitarian tragedy

14 March 2014, Damascus/Geneva (SARC/IFRC/ICRC) – In the three years since the beginning of the...

We must take the chance to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria

As the world turns its attention to Montreux, Switzerland for the Geneva II talks this ...

Pledging Conference on the Syria crisis

Statement delivered by Sir Nicholas Young on behalf of the Federation Mr Secretary General,...

Syria: Humanitarian convoys must not be targeted

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply concerned about the failure of ...


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