Anti-government demonstrations began in March of 2011, as part of the Arab Spring. But the peaceful protests quickly escalated after the government’s violent crackdown, and armed opposition groups began fighting back.
By July, army defectors had loosely organized the Free Syrian Army and many civilian Syrians took up arms to join the opposition. Divisions between secular and religious fighters, and between ethnic groups, continue to complicate the politics of the conflict.
The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the nine years since it began. Crowded cities have been destroyed and horrific human rights violations are widespread. Basic necessities like food and medical care are sparse.
The U.N. estimates that 6.1 million people are internally displaced. When you also consider refugees, well over half of the country’s pre-war population of 22 million is in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, whether they still remain in the country or have escaped across the borders.
WHAT WE DO?
With the support of our generous donors and grants from our partners, SRD funds and operates a number of humanitarian aid projects that address the most urgent aid needs inside Syria.
Beneficiaries are determined based upon each family’s needs and individual circumstances. Priority is always need-based and given to orphans, widows, the disabled, single-parent households, those who have been injured in conflict and require immediate attention and other families in need.
Our programs tackle a variety of international development sectors but primarily serve to meet the needs of the people through comprehensive needs assessments.