Syria – 3 Years On. The Facts and How You Can Help

3 years ago, anti government protests started as part of the Arab Spring. Protests quickly escalated and resulted in violent Government crackdowns and rebel fighters amassing on a large scale; the violence turning into full on war.

Image credit: New York Times

3 years on it is estimated that a total of 100,000 people have been killed.

There 2.5 million Syrians currently internally displaced. (IDP) This means they were forced to flee their home and but are residing somewhere within their country’s border.

A population of 2.5 million equates to over twice the population size of Birmingham.

“For IDPs, protection, health, basic domestic items, shelter and cash assistance will be provided as essential humanitarian services”

Inside the war-torn country an estimated 4.4 million children need help. This equates to roughly the same population size as Ireland.

Another 1.2 million children have fled the country and are now living in over-stretched refugee camps or villages.
This equates to roughly the same population size of Cyprus.

Syrian refugees are currently living in Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

An estimated total of 11.8 million people are in need of help both inside and outside Syria. The population of London is 8 million. If you add on all the surrounding boroughs then it would roughly equate to the total number who are currently displaced.

These numbers are still growing.

What these people need…
Shelter
Basic Amenities
Food
Cooking Gas
Heating Oil
Clean Water
Food Vouchers for those that are refugees
Protection from physical abuse
Protection from sexual or gender related abuse
Protection from extreme weather conditions

What you can do to help…

There are many organisations you can donate to such as Oxfam, Islamic Relief Red Cross / Red Crescent |The Disaster Emergency Committee

Image Credit: Save the Children

One other organisation is Save the Children who are currently running an appeal and the breakdown for charitable donations are as follows:

£30 could pay for four post-natal visits by doctors to a new mother.

£60 could buy provide 2 families of four with heaters to keep them warm.

£100 could buy food to meet a family of six’s nutritional needs for one month.

Please help donate if you are able.

Source info credits: Save the children, The UN Refugee Agency, Disaster Emergency Committee, Wikipedia

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10 Comments

  1. Sarah MumofThree World March 17, 2014 / 6:23 am

    Thanks very much for sharing this. The figures really are shocking and although it is reported on TV news, I don’t think the scale of it is really made clear.

  2. Charly Dove March 17, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    Gosh that’s a striking first image isn’t it and the figures are shocking. My husband has just given to an appeal after seeing an ad on TV. So sad.
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  3. Jenny March 21, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Wow such powerful and devastating pictures. We donate after seeing the ads on tv. So sad. I wish we all could do more. What a great post to write and share. Sometimes people need to see number before they realize! #sharefriday
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  4. Hannah Gee March 21, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    This is such a good insightful post we tend to drift away from the realisation after the ‘hype’ of a disaster. I will be sharing this on. As a regular donater to save the children I totally agree that these charities need at the support they can get! X

  5. Emma Lander March 21, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    How awful. Good to know some practical things we can do. Well done you, It is too easy to turn the news over.

  6. Lorna mai March 22, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Gosh 100 000 people killed! The first picture just shows the devastation. Has it really been 3 years? Thank you for sharing this again an reminding us of the cause. #sharefriday
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  7. Karen Hannah March 23, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    Gosh, those figures really are shocking! It’s so sad to think that people can’t just live together peacefully xx
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  8. Katie Clark March 24, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this and raising awareness. The news doesn’t paint a full picture and things always seem to disappear from the headlines very quickly – even though there is so much to be done. The situation is just shocking. Thanks again for sharing.
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