Syria Refugee Crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. As the crisis reaches Europe, people are waking up to the magnitude of the emergency.

We are seeing the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Since 2011, 11 million Syrians have fled their homes. 7.6 million are still inside Syria, while 4 million more are living in neighboring countries (mostly Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan).

Millions of Syrians are living on the brink. We know that more than 6 million people inside Syria need emergency food assistance right now. And the humanitarian response has been operating without nearly the required resources for years. Syrians are desperate for help.

Despite the tragedy and heartbreak, there is another story. It’s a story of the immense goodwill of people, a story about the welcoming arms of so many. Thousands are offering up their homes, their food, their voices, and their support to help. 

With your support, we can continue to provide emergency support to Syrians. We can help them get lifesaving relief. We act as a first defense – helping refugees where they’re at. We make sure they have clean water, shelter, health care and other lifesaving care.

The goodwill of people is wondrous to see. Will you join us and make a donation to help refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere? 


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Building a Playground
Using only recycled materials, we were able to build a playground for the 5,000 kids living at Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.
On Famine
Daniel Wordsworth - American Refugee Committee President - talks about the situation in Somalia and how all of us can make a difference and help save lives.
Returning to Somalia
Nimco Ahmed shares her recent trip back Mogadishu her first time back to Somalia in 24 years
South Sudan
Rebuilding Health Care in South Sudan
Deb Ingersoll runs ARC’s Cash for Work Program in Haiti. She’s interviewed at ARC Headquarters.
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Simona Palenga, ARC Field Coordinator in Haiti, is interviewed at ARC HQ.
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Senior Director of Program Quality Monte Achenbach, is interviewed from the field in Haiti.
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ARC volunteer Dr. John Bordwell talks about the health situation of Congolese refugees in Rwanda.
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At the height of the famine, ARC offered life-saving assistance to families, giving food, shelter, clean water and medical care. While those programs continue today for families in need, ARC is beginning projects to help rebuild communities. ARC has partnered with Silatech (microenterprise service provider), Dahaabshil and Kaah Express (the largest and second largest international payment firms, respectively) to provide employment opportunities for young entrepreneurs. [link in this sentence to the other page on the partnership]

Two years after the famine was declared, we talked with ARC's Somali-American program manager, Said Sheikh-Abdi, about the current situation for young entrepreneurs in Somalia.