March 15, 2014 marked the third anniversary of the Syria crisis. This humanitarian crisis has become one of the largest of our day. According to the UN, the number of Syrians in need of assistance has risen dramatically to 9.3 million people, including more than 6.5 million people displaced within the country and more than 2.5 million refugees. Many of the neighboring countries are ill equipped or resourced to shelter such a great influx of refugees.
Similarly, the number of people displaced within the country has increased from 4.25 million to more than 6.5 million, and the number of refugees has now reached more than 2.5 million. Many of those refugees have fled to neighboring countries, many that are ill equipped and resourced to shelter such an influx of refugees. Inside Syria, millions lack access to water, medical care, food, shelter and other basic humanitarian necessities. Entire neighborhoods, communities, and even cities have been destroyed.
PDA is working in collaboration with and support of ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) members and other ecumenical partners to provide relief to refugees in neighboring countries and to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Syrians. Our mission partner, the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, is also providing relief and care.
The focus is on life-saving activities: treating and evacuating the wounded and helping to provide water, sanitation, health, shelter and food. With approximately half of the Syrian refugee population being children, another important focus is education.