Crisis in Syria


News on Syria Crisis

5 February 2016 Flight from Syria: The story of one child bride
In late 2013, Haneen, now 14, fled Syria with her parents and 10 siblings. As her family made its way to the Turkish border, her father sustained injuries that left him paralyzed. Fearing he could no longer feed his 11...
Dignity kits are distributed to refugees and migrants passing through Presevo, Serbia. Women and girls face increased risks of violence and barriers to reproductive health care. © UNFPA
22 December 2015 Health needs paramount as refugees and migrants stream through Serbia
Every day, thousands of refugees and migrants stream through Serbia, one leg of their perilous journey towards safety and stability. So far this year, over a million migrants and refugees have entered Europe,...
‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
7 October 2015 Despite trauma, a little help goes a long way for Syrian refugees
“I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas . “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21 August 2013....



Syria is experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today. Approximately 13.5 million displaced and vulnerable people are currently in need inside Syria, and nearly 5 million people are living as refugees in neighbouring countries. As with all humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are among the most vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian women, including refugees and those still in Syria, are pregnant and in need of maternal care.

UNFPA, with its partners, is deploying dignity kits, reproductive health kits and equipment, and medical personnel to assist affected communities. UNFPA is also supporting emergency obstetric care and psychosocial support, and is conducting outreach programmes for youth.

For the most up-to-date information, please see Situation Reports.

Situation reports and resources

Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #41 1–31 January 2016
UNFPA continues to provide reproductive health services to vulnerable women and girls affected by the Syria crises.
Protection Risks for Women and Girls in the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis
For the first time since World War II, Europe is experiencing a massive movement of refugees and migrants, women, girls, men and boys of all ages, fleeing armed conflicts, mass killings, persecution and pervasive sexual...