The needs for food, water, sanitation, shelter, and psychological support remain astounding: more than 18 million Syrians have been affected by the war. An estimated 4.8 million people have fled the violence, seeking safety in neighboring nations as refugees. The remaining 13.5 million face crisis in their home country, under siege.  The needs for food, water, sanitation, shelter, and psychological support remain astounding: more than 18 million Syrians have been affected by the war. An estimated 4.8 million people have fled the violence, seeking safety in neighboring nations as refugees. The remaining 13.5 million face crisis in their home country, under siege.  

"Although media attention is focusing heavily on refugees who have managed to reach Europe, we must not forget that there are 6.5 million Syrians still displaced by an unprecedented emergency within their own country," explained Jean Raphael Poitou, who manages Action Against Hunger's Middle East programs. "We are particularly concerned about the 4.5 million Syrians we cannot reach. Of these, 400,0000 are directly under siege—and that figure has doubled in the past year. Sadly, we have no information to indicate that this trend will reverse itself in the short term."

Today, March 15th, marks five years of conflict in Syria. The needs for food, water, sanitation, shelter, and psychological support remain astounding: more than 18 million Syrians have been affected by the war. An estimated 4.8 million people have fled the violence, seeking safety in neighboring nations as refugees. The remaining 13.5 million face crisis in their home country, under siege.  

More than 18 million Syrians have been affected by the war

"Although media attention is focusing heavily on refugees who have managed to reach Europe, we must not forget that there are 6.5 million Syrians still displaced by an unprecedented emergency within their own country," explained Jean Raphael Poitou, who manages Action Against Hunger's Middle East programs. "We are particularly concerned about the 4.5 million Syrians we cannot reach. Of these, 400,0000 are directly under siege—and that figure has doubled in the past year. Sadly, we have no information to indicate that this trend will reverse itself in the short term."