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InterAction Members Respond to Crisis in Syria
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The crisis in Syria, now in its fifth year, remains the greatest humanitarian emergency of our day. As continued extreme violence and indiscriminate fighting affect the country, the need for ongoing humanitarian assistance and a comprehensive political solution is greater than ever.
The United Nations estimates that 7.6 million people have been internally displaced by violence while almost 4.1 million people have fled their homes, schools, and communities and are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries. The influx and prolonged presence of refugees is crippling the nations that are hosting them, further destabilizing an already fragile region.
With 12.2 million Syrians currently affected by this crisis, the need for life-saving emergency assistance continues to grow. But humanitarians can only strive to alleviate the suffering of the civilians caught in the middle of the senseless brutality of the conflict. An end to the conflict in Syria is needed, and only a political solution can lead to it. What will it take?
As such, the collective failure of the international community to pursue a political solution for Syria continues to exacerbate the refugee crisis, evidenced by the increasing flow of refugees fleeing Syria and the region. 322,000 people have crossed into Europe since the beginning of 2015, of which at least 70% are refugees, mostly coming from Syria. UNHCR estimates that some 2,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
Below is a list of InterAction members who are responding to the Syria crisis. Read InterAction's guidelines on how best to help, and get advice from the Center for International Disaster Information on appropriate assistance.
For more information about how InterAction members are responding to the refugee crisis, visit InterAction's list of members available to talk to the media. All media inquiries may be directed to Burt Edwards (email@example.com or 202.552.6554).