UNHCR and Syrian refugees

January 15, 2015

Over 3 million Syrians are refugees. This is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria almost half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their home and flee for their lives in search of safety.

Thousands of refugees are struggling to stay warm and protect their shelters as heavy snow storms bringing freezing temperatures, fierce winds, and lashing rain hit Lebanon and Jordan.

Some 800,000 people, many who fled their homes in terror with just the clothes on their backs, are in need of assistance.

What is UNHCR doing to help

UNHCR began its winter aid programme in Lebanon last October, focussing on helping the most vulnerable refugees with cash, stoves and blankets.

UNHCR continues working around the clock with other agencies and aid groups providing urgently needed relief – distributing stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors in the past year alone, 1.7 million refugees received food aid, 350,000 children were enrolled in school, and shelter in camps was provided for more than 400,000 refugees.

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