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Syria’s civil war, the worst humanitarian disaster of our time

Three years of war have had a devastating impact on many Syrian families and have left more than nine million people in need of aid. In many parts of the country the health system has effectively collapsed, water supplies have been cut and food is in short supply.

Since the beginning of the conflict, around 1.2 million houses have been damaged, with 400,000 totally destroyed. An estimated 6.5 million people are displaced inside Syria. Refugees are arriving at camps which are already stretched to capacity, and many families are living in crude shelters they have built themselves, with host families in overcrowded conditions or in partially finished buildings.

MercyCrops: Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than nine million people are displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem to overwhelming to understand.

But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them. Our lifesaving work is only possible with your knowledge and support.

The U.N. estimates that over 6.5 million people are internally displaced — an increase of more than two million in just six months. When you also consider refugees, over half of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million is need urgent humanitarian assistance, whether they still remain in the country or have escaped across the borders.