As the Syria crisis enters its tenth year, the scale, severity and complexity of humanitarian needs remain extensive. This is the result of continued hostilities in localized areas, new and protracted displacement, spontaneous returns and the sustained erosion of communities’ resilience during more than nine years of crisis. Syria is still one of the biggest and most complex crises globally, and it is far from over.
In the north-east, increased conflict since October 2019 has also resulted widespread displacement. The destruction of civilian infrastructure, depleted savings and limited economic opportunities have forced many to resort to harmful coping strategies. The result is extreme vulnerability. Those particularly at risk are children, pregnant and lactating women, people with disabilities, the elderly and other groups or individuals with specific needs or diminished coping mechanisms.
Humanitarian organizations have mounted one of the largest responses in the world. As the crisis continues, people’s resourcefulness and national efforts alone remain insufficient to address needs which can only be mitigated through humanitarian assistance. Investments in more dignified and sustainable solutions to reduce dependency and increase resilience are key in the response – but are hampered due to insufficient resources.