General information on Syria

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in conflict. SOS Children's Villages - with over 40 years’ experience in the country - is supporting children who have lots parental care and providing emergency relief to vulnerable families.

An estimated 13.5 million Syrians need urgent assistance

A young girl who has finally found safety in an SOS Children’s Villages Interim Care Centre (photo: SOS archives).

Lives disrupted by violence

Life has become increasingly hard for those families who have stayed in Syria despite the war. Many have experienced violence. Those who have lost their homes are now living with relatives or sheltering in schools or other public buildings. The Syrian health care system has practically collapsed.

Since the violence started in 2011:
  • 300,000 - 425,000 people have been killed and more than 1.9 million injured.  
  • An estimated 11.4 million Syrians have had to leave their home. More than 6.6 million are internally displaced and more than 4.8 million have risked their lives to go abroad.
  • Around 8 million people in need of urgent aid live in the areas most affected by the violence, and are therefore hard to reach.
An SOS co-worker providing support to a young girl who was forced to leave her family home in Aleppo. She is no longer able to go to school – instead she spends her day searching for rubbish to sell (photo: SOS archives).