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Some 9 million people have been forced from their homes in war-torn Syria, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. Many now remain within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. There are over 2.5 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, seeking safety and shelter across neighboring countries. Many are living in flimsy cramped makeshift shelters. The vast majority of fleeing families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling. They have no regular food and no income. Men, women and children are suffering through no fault of their own. They are in desperate need of emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies. ShelterBox is responding. 

So far ShelterBox has sent aid to support over 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. But many thousands more need our help today. Our ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) are working in countries in the region to reach the most vulnerable families.
With winter just around the corner, conditions are only going to worsen with freezing temperatures and limited resources. The need for protection is critical and ShelterBox offers a winterised shelter solution. We are aiming to provide shelter for a further 5,000 families over the coming months - we urgently need your help so these families can come in from the cold this winter.
What started out as a peaceful protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the southern Province of Deraa in March 2011 has degenerated into a regional interethnic civil war. The growing violence, sectarian tensions and economic hardship are forcing more and more Syrian families from their homes. 

How did this civil war happen? Read the BBC’s story of the conflict
The Latest on ShelterBox's Response:

ShelterBox aids Syrian refugees in Iraq

Voices of Syrian refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan

ShelterBox returns to Iraqi Kurdistan 

Preparing for winter in Lebanon

VIDEO: Delivering aid into Syria

Bringing hope to Syrian children

Aid arrives in Syria

Safety for Khaled and his family in Lebanon

Helping Syrian refugees


You can help with our responses around the world. We ask you to donate, no matter how small, to help us help those families in need.

Register for ShelterBox's specially designed personal fundraising website dedicated to our Syria Refugee Appeal that will allow you to reach out to family, friends and co-workers.

Check out other ways to get involved.


Mar. 12, 2014 - Phil Duloy: It might have been big news, but it wasn't

Mar. 6, 2014 - Toby Ash:
Humanitarian need in Syria greater than ever

Oct. 18, 2013 - John Jones:
Resilience in Zaatari refugee camp

Oct. 14, 2013 - Torstein Nielsen: The People

Oct. 3, 2013 - Sam Hewett: Responding to complex emergencies

Sept. 30, 2013 - Hunter Tanous: The Syria I knew and loved

Sept. 24, 2013 - Rebecca Novell: Crossing the Syria border


ShelterBox is in the news every week, so watch out for features and broadcasts about our aid in Syria and its neighboring countries.

• CNN news feature on ShelterBox’s work in Syria 
The West Briton newspaper shows some grateful Syrian school children
Audio interview with response team member, Dave Ray talking to Heart FM about Syrian refugees.
The Western Morning News writes about our push into Syria itself
New Chief Executive Alison Wallace gives her initial impressions of ShelterBox in the Western Morning News


• ShelterBox has been responding to the crisis in Syria since last fall—assisted 5,000 families in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan and inside Syria—with more than $1 million in aid.
• 6.5 million people are now displaced within Syria’s borders.
• 2.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries. Three quarters of them are women and children.
• According to the UN, 52% of the 2 million refugees that have fled conflict in Syria are 17 years of age or younger.