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As governments around the world discuss the escalation of violence in Syria, CARE remains gravely concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians. We call on all parties for a peaceful political resolution. It is now more urgent than ever that political differences are set aside. More than 230,000 lives have already been lost and about 12.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, including more than 4 million refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Serbia or Yemen. Within Syria a further 6.5 million people have fled their homes. These numbers of displacement are expected to rise in the months to come.

CARE calls on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians, and to facilitate the delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance.

Syria’s neighboring countries have seen a dramatic increase in refugee numbers. More than 4 million Syrians have fled their country in search of safety. CARE is particularly concerned about the plight of women and children who make up 75 percent of the number of refugees, and are most vulnerable during crises and displacements.

For an overview of the crisis, download our Syria crisis factsheet.

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How is CARE responding?

CARE is working with host country governments, the United Nations, and international and local organizations to help refugees and host communities meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. CARE is providing life-saving services to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey and Serbia. CARE is an impartial and neutral organization. Our support to families affected by the crisis in Syria is based on humanitarian needs alone, no matter which religion, political affiliation or ethnicity people belong to.

CARE in Jordan

Syrian refugees in Jordan: 630,000

CARE set up refugee centres in East Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, and Mafraq, as well as providing community services in the Azraq refugee camp. CARE is also partnering with two community-based organisations in Azraq town. CARE volunteers, who are refugees themselves, assist in organizing and preparing distributions of relief supplies. We provide emergency cash assistance to pay for basic living costs, including rent, food, health services and essential household items. CARE also assists with vital information on
how refugees can access further health, legal and social support.

In addition, we are providing psychosocial assistance to women, men and children helping them to cope with their experience of violence, flight and
loss of family and friends. CARE has helped families in Jordan to cope during the cold winter, distributing cash to buy heaters, blankets and fuel refills to refugees. As host communities have also been severely impacted by increased accommodation and living costs, CARE works with most
vulnerable host families to address their needs.

CARE Jordan focuses on supporting refugees in urban areas of Jordan. In addition, CARE partners with UNHCR and other agencies to provide vital services in Azraq refugee camp. CARE offers information to refugees as they arrive in the camp and runs community centres with a variety of recreational and psychosocial activities for women, men and children. The centres also serve as the main point of contact where refugees can report complaints or feedback. CARE also identifies community representatives and organizes refugee committees giving them a voice in camp decision making.

Read here our factsheet about CARE's work in the Azraq camp.

CARE in Lebanon

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: 1.13 million

In Lebanon, CARE meets refugees’ most basic and pressing needs, mainly providing water, sanitation and hygiene assistance as well as non-food items and cash assistance in Beirut, Mount Lebanon and Northern Governorates.

This includes the improvement of drainage systems, distribution of sanitary items, and the provision of hygiene sessions. CARE also works with municipalities to improve water supply and sanitation infrastructure for refugees as well as for host communities. Previously, CARE has distributed clothes vouchers to Syrian refugee children living in informal tented settlements and collective centres in Mount Lebanon.

In the winter, CARE has helped families in both Mount and North Lebanon regions to prepare for and cope with the cold winter, distributing cash for heaters and fuel, blankets and floor mats.

CARE in Turkey

Syrian refugees in Turkey: 1.94 million

Following the huge influx of Syrian refugees last fall, CARE immediately began assessing needs and coordinating with Turkish authorities and other
organizations to support refugees with food, safe drinking water and hygiene items. Months later, massive humanitarian needs have not changed.

CARE is responding with much-needed cash assistance, hygiene promotion, dignity kits for women and the elderly, and establishing community groups that address protection issues, including psychosocial needs, early marriage, and gender-based violence. CARE is doing its best to meet the most pressing needs of urban refugees in the border towns of southern Turkey.

CARE in Egypt

Syrian refugees in Egypt: 132,000+

CARE raises awareness among the refugees of sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence to protect them from any form of abuse and raise awareness for legal regulations in Egypt in regards
to violence. CARE also offers legal assistance to individual cases.

In collaboration with different partners and specialists CARE empowers family members to oppose harmful practice and conducts special sessions on child abuse for children and parents.

CARE also assists refugees coping with their trauma through psychosocial programs and phone helplines for women and men who have faced gender-based violence. Psychosocial support can be in the form of therapy sessions and support groups as well as through creative approaches such as arts therapy, drama and sports activities.

CARE in Yemen

Estimated number of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers in Yemen: Up to 30,000

CARE Yemen has been supporting vulnerable displaced Syrians through the provision of enhanced emergency protection, shelter and non-food items. CARE Yemen aims to contribute to the better identification of
the needs of displaced Syrians in Yemen, providing humanitarian actors with a detailed analysis of the number of Syrians in need of lifesaving assistance and how to best address their needs. CARE Yemen seeks
to refer critical cases of displaced Syrians to specialised protection services.

CARE is also providing vulnerable and newly displaced Syrians with rent support and emergency non-food items.

It is hard to imagine what Syrian refugees have been through. Many have seen friends and family members killed in front ot them. Whatever we can do to help the refugees, it is not enough.
Yousef Filali, CARE staff, Jordan
I used to own two houses and ran my own shop. Now, everything I owned is gone. I can't work because of the injuries I sustained when I was in prison. I was tortured. It's painful for me to walk. Things are very expensive here, the rent is very high. CARE helped us pay some of our rent, but we still can't even afford to get the basics.
Ali, Syrian refugee in Jordan.
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