Humanitarian work in Syria

The British Red Cross is providing vital services to help people in Syria. We are also working with our partners to reach Syrian refugees in Lebanon and nearby countries.

Syria: 10 years of unrelenting conflict

After 10 years of war, Syrian people are exhausted.

Every single person has been affected – many in multiple ways.

These numbers are hard to imagine, but if Syria was 100 people in 2021:


  • 83 people now live in poverty
  • 77 need access to healthcare
  • 54 don't have access to enough food
  • 70 have no regular access to clean water
  • 12 children are out of school


But Syria is not 100 people. It's 17 million.


The British Red Cross has been there for people in Syria since the start of the crisis ten years ago. We are still supporting Syrians today, and we will continue to be there for as long as we’re needed.

How is the British Red Cross helping Syrian people?

The British Red Cross has supported over six million Syrians through our Syria Crisis Appeal, alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

We have provided lifesaving support such as food, blankets, mattresses and other aid. Many more have been reached because of training we have given to Red Cross volunteers.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross are among the only major humanitarian agencies able to work across front lines in Syria – providing vital aid to people in areas that others cannot reach.


How is Covid-19 affecting Syria?

Coronavirus is now a serious problem in Syria, especially among the 100,000 people still living in camps. Social distancing is practically impossible here.

Unable to access the most basic items, such as food, clean water, shelter or soap, millions are left unprotected against the coronavirus.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the British Red Cross has been supporting Syrians by providing face masks, hygiene kits and food parcels so that families are able to meet their urgent needs and protect themselves against the virus.

In addition, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has more than 8,300 staff and volunteers directly involved in the Covid-19 response.


How is the Red Cross helping families in Lebanon?

Of the 5 million people who live in Lebanon, more than 1 million are Syrian refugees.

Together with the Lebanese Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, we have supported over 1,800 people in Lebanon to start their own businesses.

The money they earn will enable refugees and host communities to buy what they need most. It also puts more money into the local economy.

How to help Syrian people

Your support of the Syria Crisis Appeal will help the Red Cross and our partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent provide food, mattresses, blankets and vital services. We will also work with our partners to reach Syrian refugees living in nearby countries.

Together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, we can deliver emergency aid across front lines to reach people most in need.

A British Red Cross infographic which says:

Syria: ongoing aid in numbers

  • With the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, we have helped over 5 million people since the conflict began.
  • This includes providing over 580,000 food items.
  • People have received over 1.5 million other items such as blankets and mattresses.
  • We’re also helping thousands of people to learn new skills and earn a living by growing vegetables and farming sheep.

Contact us for more information