ABOUT THE CRISIS
As the Syria crisis enters its seventh year, people continue to suffer the consequences of a conflict that has caused destruction and devastation with complete disregard for human life. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates that 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, 4.6 million of whom are trapped in hard-to reach and besieged areas.
Over half of the population, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, have been forced from their homes. This conflict has affected adults and children alike, exposing them to grave protection threats. Children and young people comprise more than half of the displaced communities, as well as half of those in general need of humanitarian assistance.
There are currently 13 besieged locations across Syria where people are trapped. Humanitarian groups do not have sustainable access to these areas, and people are being denied the most basic rights, including freedom of movement and access to adequate food, water and healthcare. This is paralleled by a complicated political landscape where neighbouring countries have restricted the admission of people fleeing Syria. This has left hundreds of thousands of people stranded on their borders in deplorable conditions and exposed to a range of life-threatening needs.
In the absence of a political solution to the conflict, intense and widespread hostilities are likely to persist in some parts of the country throughout 2017.