As the war in Iraq ground on into the latter half of the 2000s, it created unrest across the Arab world, sending hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees into Syria and other neighboring countries. Unfortunately, with Syria’s unbalanced economy, limited resources, and strained infrastructure, it quickly became evident that it wouldn’t be able to shoulder the rising influx without the support of the international community.
Action Against Hunger stepped in to help, launching programs in Syria in 2008, as our teams raced to improve access to food and income for Iraqi refugees and Syrian residents alike -- projects that included professional training, tool kit distributions, agricultural programs, and pastoral and livestock management.
Flash forward to the outbreak of sectarian violence in Syria in 2011, and Action Against Hunger’s teams find themselves having to pivot to provide emergency support for the thousands displaced by the country’s growing civil war. Our recent work includes ensuring that displaced families have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, overseeing the distribution of emergency hygiene kits, and building latrines to support those living in camps. With the heightened insecurity and increasingly indiscriminate violence, and the exodus of thousands of Syrian refugees into neighboring countries, the growing destruction poses the severest of risks for all involved. Action Against Hunger’s teams remain committed to helping displaced families, both within Syria and in the neighboring countries where so many Syrians have fled.