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Struggling to Survive: A Shocking Reality

The reality is shocking for millions of displaced Syrians


The reality is shocking for millions of displaced Syrians:

  • Three out of four Syrians live in poverty unable to secure basic food and non-food items necessary for the survival of the household.
  • 54.3% of the population lives in extreme poverty, without adequate access to food. In conflict zones, many citizens face hunger, malnutrition, and starvation.
  • 40 years
  • More than half of the labor force (around 3 million people) face unemployment. The loss of income because of this mass unemployment is estimated to adversely affect 11 million Syrians.
  • Unemployment rates surged from 14.9% in 2011 to 57.7% by the end of 2014.
  • An average of 250 Syrian refugees have crossed the border into Jordan every day in March 2015.
  • A survey of 40,000 Syrian families in Jordan's urban areas found that two-thirds were living below the absolute poverty line.
  • Inside Syria, more than 12 million people are in need of aid to stay alive. Almost 8 million have been forced from their homes
  • An estimated 4.8 million Syrians inside the country are in places that are hard to reach, including 212,000 trapped in besieged areas.


As the leading provider of humanitarian aid in Syria, Sunrise-USA works diligently to administer a diverse array of programs to distribute aid in the most efficient manner possible. With your donations, we have been able to support 30,000 registered families through our food basket program.


  • We were able to purchase 50 tons of flour for distribution and blankets for civilians in Damascus.
  • We also provided milk and baby formula to 20,000 families with young children.
  • We distributed around 50 tons of Freekeh (green wheat) to the besieged region of Eastern Ghouta.


UN agencies estimate around 200,000 Syrians living under siege, but NGOs working on the ground, firmly believe the number is at least triple that, at more than 600,000. More than 90% of victims of the siege died in Damascus and its suburbs.

Some communities have been trapped in these areas under intense siege for more than two years, most often without access to food and medication.