Syria Crisis

About the Crisis

Syrian Refugees

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 60 percent of Syria’s current population—or 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 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.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts

Additional Resources

More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to Syria can be found here.

Additional information on humanitarian relief organizations can be found on ReliefWeb, a humanitarian information portal run by the United Nations.


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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