The civil war in Syria is having a devastating effect on the lives of millions of people.
On 15 March 2011, a small group of demonstrators in Damascus staged a protest against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Within days, the protests had spread, and some demonstrators had been shot by government forces.
Since then, the conflict has escalated beyond recognition. Today, Syria is embroiled in an ongoing civil war, in which more than 100,000 people have been killed. More than 11 million people have been forced from their homes, including at least three million who have left the country to escape the fighting. 10.8 million people within Syria are in need of humanitarian aid.
CAFOD in Syria
We have been working with local church partners in Syria since early 2012, ensuring that people affected by the crisis have food, relief supplies and safe places to stay. We are also supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey.
We had a normal life. And then suddenly we had nothing. We were cold, hungry and alone…. My father received a phone call saying he should leave or he will be killed. We left the house straight away, without time to pack. We learned that our house was burned down later. We fled along back roads and through fields to avoid checkpoints. We walked across the border.