About the Crisis
The Syrian conflict is one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergencies of our time. Nearly 12 million people are displaced within Syria or have fled to neighboring countries as refugees, and 11.7 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 nearly nine years.
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, including past fact sheets and maps, 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. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
Organizations Responding to the Crisis in Syria*
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