The Syria crisis: Seven Stories - UNHCR

The Syria crisis: Seven Stories

Seven stories of people you’ve helped

Bombs. Gunfire. Children crying out for help. A few clothes thrown hurriedly into a bag. Days on the road, worried sick and with little food. The relief of finally reaching safety.

Imagine for a moment going through that. And somehow finding the courage to go on. For the millions of Syrians who’ve been forced to flee home, escaping the deadly conflict was only the beginning of their struggles. Seven years on, people uprooted inside Syria and across the region are doing the best they can to survive and carry on. People with hopes, dreams and families, just like you. UNHCR and partners are working hard to help as many as possible – thanks to the support of generous, caring donors like you.

More than half of the Syrian population has been displaced since the start of the conflict. Over five and a half million – most of them women and children – are refugees in neighbouring countries and beyond. Nine in ten Syrian refugees live in cities, not camps. Finding work, paying rent and sending children to school is a constant struggle, especially as savings dry up and debts rise. Here are the inspiring stories of seven resilient individuals and families, displaced inside Syria or beyond, forging ahead, despite the odds.

Giving vital supplies to Muhammed’s family

Muhammed, his wife and their four children escaped fighting near Damascus in 2012. Desperate to find safety, they moved to a farm town nearly 50 kilometres away from their hometown. But soon, they found themselves surrounded by fighting again and unable to move. Read more…

Helping Asmaa live and study again

They thought they would never leave their village alive.

Twelve-year-old Asmaa fled her village in rural Aleppo with her parents and little brother Ali, 8, in early 2017 – after five years of unrelenting conflict and strife. “Back there, there was no school, and girls were only allowed to dress fully in black,” Asmaa explains. Read more…

Giving Mahmoud and Nouf a lifeline

“Without the $175 each month from UNHCR, the situation would be catastrophic,” says Nouf, a mother of five from Homs, Syria. Read more…

Helping Abdul Kader’s family rebuild

Imagine being displaced not just once, but five times. That’s what happened to Abdul Kader and his family. They had to move from one neighbourhood to another inside Homs, as brutal fighting closed in around them. Read more…

Helping Diyaa provide for his family build

On a tiny street in Casablanca, 37-year-old Diyaa sits at his workshop, surrounded by sandals, clogs and lace-up shoes. The shoemaker learned his craft from his father back home in Syria. He made footwear there for decades before the war drove him, his wife and his two children – a five-year-old girl and four-year-old boy – from their home. Read more…

Empowering Rayan and her sister Zeinab

In Jordan’s sprawling Azraq refugee camp, two little girls cycle home, dressed in stark white martial art uniforms. Read more…

Opening new doors for Ghalia

Ghalia never knew the importance of education until she found herself in exile. Read more…

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