Syria's escalating civil war has killed more than 100,000 people since the unrest began in March 2011. The death toll continues to rise, and more than 4.5 million people are now internally displaced. Millions of people have fled to neighboring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, and Syrian families struggle daily to survive. An estimated 75 percent of the refugees are women and children.
Noujad, a grandmother in her 60s, is one of many Syrians whose family members have been killed or have disappeared
"I am thinking throughout the night: How can it be that my husband was killed and my son was kidnapped?" she asks. "The heart of a mother is very sensitive. For my husband who left us, may he rest in peace. I hope he is in heaven now. I only ask that God protects my son."
Tell Her Story, and the Story of Millions of Syrian Refugees
The Catholic Church Responds
Catholic Relief Services and our Caritas partners in the region are reaching out to Syrian refugees and providing hope and assistance with housing, food and other basic necessities. CRS is currently serving more than 350,000 people, with programming worth more than $45 million. We are supporting urgent medical care and emergency relief for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in the areas most affected by the conflict. Doctors treat physical wounds refugees suffered during the violence and counselors care for survivors of trauma - especially children.
Find out more about CRS' work in the region.