A migrant man and his son walk near the Greek border at the Pazarkule crossing in Edirne, Turkey, 9 March 2020. Many of the migrants who gathered at the border are from Syria | Photo: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU
A migrant man and his son walk near the Greek border at the Pazarkule crossing in Edirne, Turkey, 9 March 2020. Many of the migrants who gathered at the border are from Syria | Photo: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

After nine years of tragedies, resilience and solidarity, the world must not forget displaced Syrians, said UNHCR, which emphasized that "the Syrian people continue to experience acute tragedy."

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is appealing to the world to not forget the crisis of displaced Syrians. "As the Syrian crisis enters its tenth year, the Syrian people continue to experience acute tragedy," it said in a statement. 

"Every second Syrian man, woman and child has been forcibly displaced since the start of the conflict in March 2011 -- often, more than once. Today, Syrians are the largest refugee population in the world," it said. 

Incredible capacity for resilience 

UNHCR emphasized that the Syrian people have shown incredible resilience. In northwest Syria, fighting has tragically led to almost a million people displaced since December 2019, who are now living in terrible conditions, it said. At the same time, in other parts of the country, many families and communities are trying to rebuild their lives and move on, despite widespread disruption of services, destruction of property, and economic hardship. 

The last nine years have also been a story of remarkable solidarity. The governments and people of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, as well as some countries beyond the region have provided Syrians protection and safety, opening up their schools, hospitals and their homes. In addition, over the past nine years, the international aid response has expanded in scale and depth thanks to generous contributions by government donors, the private sector, and individuals. 

Over 14 billion US dollars have been channeled through the Regional Refugee Response and Resilience Plan (3RP) since 2012. 

'Don't forget those forced to flee' 

"I'm deeply humbled by the courage and resilience of Syrians," said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "Day in, day out, they have faced suffering and deprivation," he said. 

"As this crisis moves into its tenth year, I urge the world not to forget those who remain displaced in Syria, and those who have been forced to flee abroad. We must recognize and support the generosity of the neighboring countries - one of the greatest acts of solidarity in decades. However, we must stay the course. More is needed."
 

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