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Syrian Refugees: As Crisis Escalates, Our Response Intensifies

The crisis in Syria is going from bad to worse. As the New York Times recently reported, the humanitarian needs for the nation’s citizens are staggering – and many are going unmet.


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.

Syrian children sing their way to better health and hygiene

“'We are trying to teach a new approach [to hygiene], to find new dynamics that can catch the attention of the kids,' said Beatriz Garcia, Head of Project for the non-governmental organization Action Against Hunger. 'And the kids seem to enjoy the workshop, the songs, the plays.' Health workshops such as the ones run by Action Against Hunger are a critical part of the support that UNICEF and the European Union provide to the Syrian education system as it responds to the influx of Iraqi refugees."


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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