Crisis in Syria


News on Syria Crisis

‘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 Basic services make the difference between despair and healing 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....
Jannah* refuses to marry off her 14-year-old daughter, despite pressure from relatives. “I will die before I give my daughter away,” she said. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
24 August 2015 Syrian refugee parents take a stand against child marriage
Child marriages appear to be rising among Syrian refugees as families grow increasingly desperate under the grinding four-year-old conflict. But many brave parents are refusing to marry their daughters off, no matter...



Syria is experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today. As of March 2015, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, with 7.6 million people displaced within Syria and 3.9 million people living as refugees in neighbouring countries. As with all humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are among the most vulnerable. Nearly half a million 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.

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

Situation reports and resources

Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #35 - 1-31 July 2015
Violence has escalated in several parts of Syria. Of the 4.6 million people living in hard-to-reach areas, 422,000 remained besieged. This included 26,500 people besieged by non-state armed groups in Nebula and Zahra,...
Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #34 - 1-30 June 2015
Millions of Syrians have been forcibly displaced internally or into the surrounding region as a result of persecution and conflict, as well as human rights violations. The Syrian conflict is taking on dramatic...