Syria Humanitarian Crisis

Below is a list of ACFID members running emergency appeals for the Syria humanitarian crisis.

Syrian children taking part in activities at Save the Children's Child Friendly Space near the Syrian border, in Lebanon. Jonathan Hyams/ Save the Children

After pro-democracy protests in March 2011 and the subsequent government crackdown on protesters, Syria erupted into a brutal civil war with horrific consequences. The war has now been raging for seven years between government forces, anti-government rebel groups, and terrorist organisations. 

The conflict has seen brutal tactics employed by all parties to the conflict: the targeting of civilian populations and civilian infrastructure including medical facilities and schools; the abduction and silencing of lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders; the use of chemical weapons, nerve agents and incendiary weapons; the use of torture in detention centres; and the flourishing of a culture of impunity and disregard for those providing humanitarian assistance.

Approximately 13.1 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, 5.4 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.1 million people are displaced within Syria.

The ACFID members listed below are working in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Serbia, and Croatia, either directly or through partners, providing emergency food, water and shelter; hygiene kits; health, protection and psycho-social support services; and cash transfer programs.

How to Help

ACFID asks that people show their generosity with cash donations, rather than goods. The generosity of Australians is unwavering, but sending items such as clothes, food or bedding can have unintended consequences, like diverting the attention and resources of aid workers. Using cash donations, humanitarian agencies can direct supplies and materials to the right place, quickly and effectively.

Members of the public can be assured that their support is meeting identified needs. The standards by which ACFID members make appeals for donations for large emergencies and crises such as this are set by our Code of Conduct. This includes a responsibility to provide clear information to their donors on the emergency situation and the work they are doing with affected communities.

Act for Peace (and the NCCA)

Anglican Aid

Anglican Overseas Aid

Australia for UNHCR

Australian Red Cross

CARE Australia

Caritas Australia

Islamic Relief Australia

MAA International

Oxfam Australia

Plan International Australia

Save the Children Australia

Transform Aid International (trading as Baptist World Aid Australia)

UNICEF Australia

World Vision Australia

* If you are an ACFID member and would like us to list your emergency appeal, please complete the ACFID Emergency Appeal Compliance Form.

Last updated 15 March 2018