Seven years of brutal fighting have devastated Syria, a country that was a thriving, middle-income country before the start of the conflict in 2011. More than 300,000 people have been killed, 11 million people have had to flee their homes and millions more are desperately in need of help.
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The humanitarian crisis is worsening day by day, leaving agencies struggling to provide help that’s desperately needed.
The sound of bullets was terrifying. I had to escape. I've lost everything, my clothes, my home, my memories.
We heard the tanks, grenades and rockets. I didn't fear for myself, but I feared for my daughter. I wanted her to stay safe which is why I escaped.
According to the UN, more than 300,000 people have been killed since the crisis began in March 2011, with the likely total far higher. 13.5 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 6.3 million have had to leave their homes. 5 million people have fled the country, with the majority seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, where a quarter of the population are now Syrian refugees.
Oxfam is helping more than 1.5 million people: refugees in Syria, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan. We are currently responding in Deir ez zour where we haveprovided winter clothing for 19,000 households and also providing bread to 10,000 families each day. Oxfam is providing hygiene kits to those who have been displaced from Afrin. In Rural Damascus we have started a WASH response to those who have been displaced from Eastern Ghouta. This includes water, toilets and public health promotion
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