More than four million Syrians have fled the country since the outbreak of civil war in 2011. In the past year there has been a significant increase in the number of refugees, with over 350,000 seeking asylum in Europe since January—a number that is expected to double by year-end.
Many aid organizations and local churches are providing emergency response for these refugees, including aid both while they are en route and once they are settled. LDS Charities will be partnering with five organizations to further their response efforts: International Medical Corps (IMC), Catholic Relief Services, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, and Physicians for Human Rights. Additionally, LDS Charities will provide resources for local projects headed up by leaders of LDS Church congregations in the region.
*Image of a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.