About the Emergency

The Syrian conflict is one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergencies of our time. More than 11 million people are displaced within Syria or have fled to neighboring countries as refugees and nearly 80 percent of Syria’s population—more than 13 million people—are in need of humanitarian assistance. The emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) exacerbated an already protracted crisis in Syria, where the Assad regime has waged an unrelenting campaign of bloodshed and violence against its own people for more than seven years. The abhorrent use of indiscriminate weapons and airstrikes on civilian and humanitarian targets is exacerbating the humanitarian situation, leading to more death and suffering.

Despite ongoing conflict, international humanitarian organizations are on the ground, working to provide food, clean water, shelter, medical care and warm clothing to millions of Syrians every month. More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to Syria can be found here.

How You Can Help


Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. Below are organizations responding in Syria.


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Response Updates

Additional Resources

InterAction is an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Washington, D.C. whose 180-plus members work globally.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies worldwide.

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