Syria

Photo © Ameer Alhalbi
Photo © Ameer Alhalbi
Population
16.9 million
Human Development Index
154 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
114 employees
Program Start
2008

People Helped in 2019: 1,350,694

643
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
1,276,610
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
73,441
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

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. When violent conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, Action Against Hunger’s teams pivoted to provide emergency support for the millions displaced by the country’s civil war.

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In 2019, conflict continued in Syria, causing additional increases in population displacement and a worsening of the coverage of basic needs in the affected communities. Additionally, Syria's neighbors in the region pushed harshly for the return of Syrian refugees back to their home country. 

Action Against Hunger's programs include both emergency response, such as the distribution of warm clothing, food, and water, and programs to improve access to shelter, health, nutrition, and water services. Our teams also work to raise awareness of healthy hygiene practices. 

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