Children play at an informal Syrian refugee camp near Bar Elias in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley on Thursday 18 2012. The families here live in squalid conditions in flimsy tents that will offer little shelter. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS
As the heartbreaking situation worsens every day in Syria, more than 1.4 million refugees, most of them women and children have fled for their lives to find refuge in neighboring countries. Those who have stayed in Syria are also being forced to flee their homes to escape the violence. People can’t work, can’t farm, and food prices have skyrocketed. The breakdown of infrastructure is resulting in contaminated drinking water, giving rise to the fear of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
Catholic Relief Services and our Church partners have been helping Syrians since the onset of this conflict two years ago and will continue to provide emergency assistance including medical and psychological support.
Helping Syrian children cope with trauma is a priority and CRS has been instrumental in helping set up schools, education programs and child-friendly spaces in Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
To help the families affected by this escalating crisis, donate to the Syrian crisis through the CRS Middle East Emergency fund.
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