Since it began in 2011, the Syrian conflict has claimed more than 100,000 lives and forced nearly 2 million Syrians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. In total, more than 6.8 million people have been affected by the conflict.
In what is being called the great tragedy of this century, this humanitarian crisis continues to put the lives of millions of vulnerable children and their families at risk.
The refugee situation
The refugee crisis continues to grow, with more than 2 million people fleeing Syria since the conflict began. This figure is expected to grow to 3 million by the end of 2013.
The scale of the crisis is evident in these numbers:
- Almost 5,000 Syrian refugees are fleeing into neighbouring countries every day
- 50% of Syrian refugees are children
- The vast majority of refugees are dependent on aid, arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Working in Egypt to help Syrian refugees
Plan currently has programs in Egypt, and we are implementing an emergency response to support the growing number of Syrian refugees arriving in the country each day.
Although there are approximately 125,000 refugees currently registered in
Egypt to receive help, UNHCR estimates there are as many as 350,000 refugees in the country.
The focus area in Egypt for Plan’s refugee response is Alexandria, which currently the second highest populated area for Syrian refugees in the region.
Plan’s work in Egypt is focusing on:
- Child protection
Plan is also working with the UNHCR and other international NGOs to:
- Help protect and provide services for children
- Promote inclusion and understanding among Syrian and Egyptian communities.
You can help Plan protect vulnerable children
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What else is Plan doing in the region?
Plan has partnered with International Medical Corps and we will be escalating our Syrian Regional Response in countries including Lebanon and Jordan to help vulnerable children and their families affected by the crisis.
Through our partnership Plan and International Medical Corps will support children’s health and protection through: medical assistance; educational activities; and psychosocial support.
Statistics courtesy of UNHCR and Plan International.