Syria, once a popular touristic destination that attracted millions of visitors a year, has become one of the most dangerous places in the world. The uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which began in early 2011, quickly turned into a brutal civil war that has killed civilians in horrendous scale and forced millions of people from their homes.
As the war enters its eighth year, the security situation across Northern Syria continues to evolve dynamically as an estimated 500,000 people have already lost their lives. Needs remain high across Syria, with an estimated total of 13.1m people in need of assistance at the beginning of 2018. With an estimated 69% of the population living below the poverty line, the humanitarian situation remains critical. Food needs are amongst the most urgent, with 10.5m people anticipated to require assistance in 2018. As the conflict could intensify in North-West Syria, it is possible that the humanitarian situation will worsen.
Local civilian populations have been regularly come under fire throughout of the course of the conflict. Yet, this is not the only factor impacting local residents across PIN areas of operation in Northern Syria. Sudden onset displacement leaves Internally Displaced Persons highly vulnerable, without access to food, shelter, water services or employment opportunities. Host communities; also have limited income generation opportunities, due to the chronic nature of the conflict. Additionally, sustained armed clashes and aerial bombardments in conflict hotspots have resulted in critical damage to vital community infrastructure. As many families are displaced and still prioritizing their daily needs, the need for emergency aid as well as longer-term resilience and development support will remain crucial.
PIN is established in Northern Syria having implemented quality humanitarian interventions since 2013, providing multi-sectoral assistance such food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services; agricultural support to farmers and communities, employment opportunities and training and educational support.