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The conflict in Syria is now in its fifth year. With limited prospects for an immediate end of the conflict, Syrians are growing increasingly vulnerable as their savings are exhausted and their assets are liquidated.

Half the country’s population is now dependent on humanitarian assistance. Eight million people are also displaced within Syria while close to four million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries.

A substantial number amongst those displaced have fled their homes without adequate clothing and are forced to stay in make-shift shelters, tents or unfinished buildings.

Ever since the crisis started, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) has been working on the frontline across Syria to provide food, household items and life-saving health services to people in need.

Together with other Red Cross Movement partners, the Canadian Red Cross actively supports SARC. The support provided by the Canadian Red Cross is made possible through generous donations from the Canadian public.

As the humanitarian needs in Syria and surrounding countries become more acute, the Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting the Syrian Arab Red Crescent respond to the needs of the Syrian population in such a complex and challenging environment.

As a member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, SARC is a neutral and impartial organization guided by the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross. Staff and have endured great risks to respond across the country, with 47 Red Crescent volunteers having lost their lives in the line of duty.

Please give generously

Violence has brought death and destruction to Syria, and millions of people have been displaced from their homes or have fled the country.

Money raised will go to support the work of the Red Cross/Red Crescent in responding to the growing emergency life-saving needs in Syria and neighbouring countries affected by the Syria crisis.

Canadians wishing to support Red Cross and Red Crescent relief efforts in response to the Syria Crisis are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Syria Crisis Fund.

About the Canadian Red Cross

Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 189 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.

For more information, contact:

Canadian Red Cross media line, 1-613-740-1994

Quebec media can call 1-888-418-9111

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