Civilians fleeing from Eastern Ghouta and Afrin urgently need your help

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is alarmed by a further deepening of the humanitarian crisis in Syria as fierce fighting in Eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus and Afrin in the country’s northwest, causes massive new displacement.

In Eastern Ghouta alone, more than 45,000 Syrians have fled their homes in recent days. UNHCR is responding to urgent humanitarian needs on the ground, but today we are reiterating our call for the protection and safety of both the newly displaced and the hundreds of thousands of civilians still trapped by fierce fighting and in dire need of aid.

From the outset of the most recent escalation, our teams have been at the makeshift collective shelters as thousands of families – exhausted, hungry, thirsty, and sick, and with few or no belongings – are arriving from Eastern Ghouta. More civilians continue to make their way out every day.

In the face of this emergency, UNHCR has scaled up its response. We have delivered 100,000 core relief items in the last two days, including mattresses, high-thermal blankets, plastic sheets, solar lamps, jerry cans, clothes, and other basic items.

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Syrian refugee from Aleppo, Ismail (just three months old) with a nurse at the hospital where he receives treatment for pneumonia. In Lebanon, UNHCR is the largest supporter of healthcare assistance to Syrian refugees like Ismail, from preventive and curative treatments to lifesaving and emergency interventions. Through a country-wide network of 50 contracted hospitals and 27 clinics, UNHCR supports medical consultations and covers up to 90 per cent of hospitalization costs for refugees. ; In 2016, UNHCR supported more than 73,000 hospital admissions and close to 270,000 primary healthcare consultations, of which almost 1 in 4 were for children under 5 years old.
"Girls were only allowed to dress in black.”

Internally displaced Syrian girl, Asmaa, 12, and her brother Ali, 8, are happy to be back at school in Jibreen collective shelter, Aleppo where they are living with their parents. ; Asmaa, 12, and her family left their home and belongings behind in Babiri village near Menbij, 65 kilometres from Aleppo, after it was liberated from extremists in August 2016. They travelled to Jibreen collective shelter, a former industrial site where UNHCR and partners provide shelter and humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands displaced in Aleppo and its surroundings. In the five years that Asmaa lived under extremist rule, she was forced to wear only black clothes and barred from attending school. At Jibreen shelter, she has started attending school again, along with her eight-year-old brother Ali, and feels happy and optimistic, despite being older than her classmates. The School is supported by UN Agencies and NGOs in cooperation with Syria’s Directorate of Education.
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