Now in its 8th year, the ongoing conflict in Syria has dominated headlines all over the world. Since the war began in 2011 we have continuously witnessed disturbing images of destruction, violence, families torn apart and people risking their lives in search of safety.
With no end to the war in sight, over 13 million Syrian people require urgent humanitarian assistance. 8 years of war has created the biggest refugee crisis since WWII.
- 6.6 million are internally displaced, 1.8 million of whom were newly displaced in 2017
- Almost 3 million remain in besieged areas without access to essential aid
- The number of civilian deaths has exceeded 400,000
Despite reduced violence and less intense fighting in some areas, war continues to cause great suffering and international communities need to do more to support innocent civilians suffering from years of conflict.
This is why HART is partnering with the St Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC), supporting a programme in Maaloula which seeks to empower local women as they return to their town which had been captured by multiple Islamist ‘rebel’ groups operating together, who not only desecrated holy places but also looted and destroyed homes and committed acts of kidnap and murder. The project enables women to preserve fruits and vegetables in order to provide food for their families and to sell produce to generate some income.