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The conflict in Syria has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation.

Syrian children in Lebanon

Nine-year-old Duaak (red t-shirt) with her friends in a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Duaak and her family fled Syria after several of their neighbours were killed in a rocket attack in Syria. (Photo: Joêlle El Dib / Caritas Lebanon)

Key Facts

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Refugees from the conflict have been supported by Trócaire in the last year

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Food and Shelter

Trócaire has been providing food and shelter to Syrian refugees, as well as people who have remained in Syria since 2013

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Education and Psychological Support

We also fund relief, protection, education and psychological support services to Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon

Current situation in Syria

Over half of the population of Syria has been forced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times.

Children and young people comprise more than half of the displaced, as well as half of those in need of humanitarian assistance.

Parties to the conflict act with impunity, committing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

Over 800,000 people live in besieged, hard-to-reach areas in Syria.

Among conflict-affected communities, life-threatening needs continue to grow.

Neighbouring countries have restricted the admission of people fleeing Syria, leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded in deplorable conditions on their borders.

In some cases, these populations are beyond the reach of humanitarian assistance.

Latest updates on Syria and the refugee crisis

Your support at work

Thanks to the tremendous support of people throughout Ireland, Trócaire has been providing food and shelter to Syrian refugees, as well as people who have remained in Syria since 2013.

Our response is mostly being channelled through the Caritas network. Caritas is a global network of agencies who respond collectively in order to maximise impact. 

We are working with Caritas and other local partners into deliver shelter, medicine, food and water to displaced Syrian families. We have worked with over 140,000 displaced Syrians, providing them with vital aid. 

Trócaire's response to this crisis is focused on providing emergency food and shelter to communities in Aleppo and Damascus, and supporting people seeking refuge in Lebanon.

Through partners in Lebanon we have funded and offer technical support to relief, protection, education and psychological support services in Shatila Camp, Beirut, and to refugee communities in the Bekaa Valley.

While this crisis has rightfully grabbed the world’s attention recently, it is not a new crisis, but as it deepens so does the need.

Please donate what you can today to help provide vital support to Syrian families.

Trócaire's current programme with Syrian refugees in Lebanon is supported by Irish Aid.