The Syrian crisis is an ongoing multifaceted armed conflict since the unrest began in March 2011. The severity of the humanitarian disaster has been outlined by the UN and many international organizations. More than 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced, over 5 million have fled to nearby countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, turkey, Egypt, and Kuwait. The ratio of migration has been increasing with a few hundred thousand having fled to the European Union becoming refugees.
There are now more than 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance within Syria including 5.6 million children, the UN says. It is one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history. Neighboring countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis, with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey struggling to accommodate new arrivals.
The ACT Secretariat members in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, have reviewed the ongoing SYR161 Appeal and requested to revise and extend the Appeal until end of March 2017, as a need to continue their planned support to the vulnerable and negatively affected people in these three countries.