15 March 2017
Image (c) Nicolas Economou
Six years of war have inflicted acute physical and psychological damage on the Syrian people.
Almost half a million people have lost their lives. Half of the country’s pre-war population has been uprooted. Those who have stayed, deprived of essential goods and services, face unimaginable hardship.
As the crisis has become protracted, donor fatigue has set in, and funding for humanitarian programming is likely to shrink in the coming months. The United Nations and international NGOs are now turning to local NGOs and community-based organisations to ensure the continued provision of vital assistance once the international presence recedes - and it’s more important than ever to build local humanitarian capacity.
RedR continues to support the courageous, committed aid workers - both international and local - working to alleviate suffering, inside Syria and across the region.
Chief Executive, RedR UK