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Three Years of Crisis in Syria

Toronto, March 13, 2014 – It is with immense sorrow and concern that the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies note the three-year mark of the conflict in Syria.

The images and reports of separated families and destroyed neighbourhoods are heart-wrenching. Although the situation on the ground is complex and dangerous, the humanitarian community is undeterred in our efforts to provide assistance to affected civilians, a large proportion of whom are children.

As the days of conflict draw on, so does the number of people in need continue to rise. At latest count, there were 6.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and more than 2.5 million people had crossed the border in search of safety in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. While more than 150,000 people now live in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, many more are in host communities in urban settings, where resources are scarce and overpopulation causes significant strain.

Our member agencies are on the ground dispensing vital supplies such as water, food, blankets and medicines. But current funding levels are not sufficient to meet the growing demand for emergency services.

Today, we therefore encourage all institutional donors and individual Canadians to give what they can to help the people of Syria. We also call on all parties to the conflict to ensure that the delivery of humanitarian assistance not be hindered in any way so that vulnerable populations can have access to essential aid.

Finally, it is our sincere hope that a political solution will be found soon and that we will not have to make the same demands a year from now.

About the Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada's only joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs.

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