Years of brutal fighting have devastated Syria, a once thriving, middle-income country before the start of the conflict in 2011.
More than 400,000 people have been killed and over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than half of the population — over 12 million people — have fled from their homes. Many of these refugees are living in neighbouring countries, the majority in extreme poverty. The overwhelming majority of these refugees are women and children.
This is a crisis of staggering proportions, one that requires a massive, international humanitarian response.
Over the last year, Oxfam estimates it helped more than two million people in Syria as well as refugees and the communities in which they are sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon. This has included providing safe drinking water, sanitation and vital food aid as well as helping refugees make a living.
But the scale of this emergency is huge and we still urgently need your help. Please donate today.
Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Oxfam Australia will direct donations to our International Crisis Fund to enable us to rapidly address emergencies as they occur.