Numbers At A Glance

12.2 million

People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria

5.5 million

Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

7.6 million

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria

3+ million

Syrians Displaced to Neighboring Countries

The United States remains committed to helping the innocent children, women, and men affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict in March 2011 is now more than $3 billion. The United States remains the single-largest donor of humanitarian aid for those affected by Syria crisis, which has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.








Total U.S. Government (USG) Assistance to the Syria Humanitarian Response


*These figures are current as of January 22, 2015

Syria Fact Sheet, January 22, 2014

Key Developments

Winter storm “Huda” brought snow, heavy rainfall, and strong winds to Syria and neighboring countries during the week of January 5. Overall numbers of affected people—in particular internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps and informal settlements—remain unconfirmed; however, relief organizations believe that damage from the storm is most likely lower than initial estimates indicated. In advance of the storm, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees field offices throughout Syria collaborated with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to develop emergency plans to receive any IDPs forced to relocate again due to severe weather conditions.

The UN and partners launched a winterization plan in October 2014, which targets 3.3 million people inside Syria. Since October, UN agencies, SARC, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have distributed seasonally appropriate relief items—including blankets, warm clothing, heating fuel, winterization kits, and cash assistance—to affected populations across Syria. According to the UN, the winter plan, which seeks $206 million, remains underfunded by $70 million as of January 14. Syrian Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Yacoub El Hillo announced on January 15 that the Syria Emergency Response Fund will allocate $4 million to support the winter efforts.

The 2015 Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP)—launched December 18 and drafted by UN agencies and NGOs with donor input and Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) approval—requests $2.9 billion to reach 12.2 million people inside Syria with humanitarian assistance in 2015. The SRP is divided into five objectives: protection of and access to affected populations; delivering emergency life-saving and life-sustaining assistance; strengthening the resilience of affected communities and institutions; ensuring harmonized coordination mechanisms; and enhancing the capacity of humanitarian workers, particularly Syrian partners and communities assisting vulnerable people in need. The SRP estimates that humanitarian needs have increased by more than 30 percent in 2014, with emergency shelter and relief commodities, food security and agriculture, and health care assistance requiring the majority of funding under the 2015 plan.

Previous Syria Fact Sheets

Syria – Complex Emergency

FY 2015
01/22/2015 Fact Sheet #4 (303kb PDF) Arabic Translation (690kb PDF) and map (620kb PDF)
12/12/2014 Fact Sheet #3 (290kb PDF) Arabic Translation (672kb PDF) and map (609kb PDF)
11/24/2014 Fact Sheet #2 (303kb PDF) Arabic Translation (687kb PDF) and map (630kb PDF)
10/24/2014 Fact Sheet #1 (285kb PDF) and map (558kb PDF)

FY 2014
09/12/2014 Fact Sheet #22 (263kb PDF) Arabic Translation (582kb PDF) and map (566kb PDF)

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Last updated: February 19, 2015

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