Action Against Hunger has been present in Syria since 2008


 In 2017 7,665 people fled the violence in Syria every single day. 

Country Overview

The conflict in Syria is now in its seventh year and far from being resolved. The breakdown of general infrastructure (schools, hospitals, water supplies etc) and the ongoing violence has forced thousands to seek refuge in other areas of the country and neighbouring countries. 6.2 million people are currently internally displaced and 5.6 million have fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebabon and Iraqi Kurdistan putting immense strain on the host countries' infrastructures. In 2017 7,665 people fled the violence every single day. 

Around half a million Syrians are trapped in ten besieged locations, with Aleppo, Raqqa and Gouta being the most well known. Although the violence has reduced overall, in some areas such as Idlib and Eastern Ghouta continue to be ridden with conflict, making it hard for our teams to access some of the most affected communities.


People helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been present in Syria since 2008, when our teams priority was to improve access to food and income for Iraqi refugees and Syrian residents alike. These projects included professional training, tool kit distributions, agricultural programmes, and pastoral and livestock management.

Since then, our team's focus has shifted to focus more on those impacted by the outbreak of conflict in Syria itself. Our teams major challenge has been trying to gain access to the most vulnerable regions due to difficult security conditions and the authorities' strict controls. Despite these barriers, among other things in 2017 we managed to enter Aleppo at the start of the year, and to commence an emergency response in the Al Areesha camps and in zones under Kurdish control such as Hasakeh. We currently have bases in Damascus, Hassakeh and Aleppo.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, our teams have scaled up programmes to include:

  • Food distribution
  • Tool kit distribution
  • Agricultural and livestock projects
  • Installation of water supplies and latrines
  • Piloting a project using solar power to power water pumps
  • Hygiene programmes – education on the spread of diseases

Action against Hunger also runs projects such as the waste management programme in Irbid, which employs 1,200 refugees to collect and sort waste from the streets, empowering communities to provide for themselves. You can read more about this project on Reuters and the BBC.


Help us continue to save lives in Syria & around the world
Help us continue to save lives in Syria & around the world


Help us continue to save lives in Syria & around the world

Photo credits:  © Freya Dowson for Action Against Hunger 

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Damascus, Hassakeh, Aleppo