Gaza Hospital Support

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza due to the recent attacks, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities.

Rehab Campaign

Syrians are suffering from debilitating injuries due to the war. Help provide physical and mental rehabilitation so they can function and become independent.

Mental Health

Since 2013, UOSSM has been providing vital mental healthcare in Syria and Turkey, to tens of thousands of Syrians, suffering from trauma and growing mental health issues due to the armed conflict.

Mobile Clinics

Since 2013, UOSSM has established mobile clinics and primary healthcare centers, providing essential health services to the most vulnerable in Syria.

Hospital Support

UOSSM supports several hospitals and specialty centers in Syria. UOSSM established Bab Al-Hawa Hospital in 2012, one of the largest emergency and specialty hospitals in northwest Syria.

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About UOSSM USA

UOSSM USA is a medical humanitarian organization, that provides medical relief, emergency lifesaving aid, and quality healthcare to those affected by crisis. UOSSM USA is dedicated to its mission and increases its impact by partnering with local communities and organizations world-wide and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission…

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UOSSM has played an integral role in the mental health and healthcare in the Syrian crisis. UOSSM established strategic initiatives early on in the crisis, working closely with local communities, the most vulnerable, particularly women & children, national and international organizations; providing quality healthcare services to millions of people in need…

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The #UOSSM Dayr Hesan Primary Health Care Center provides primary health care to patients everyday.
Last month, over 4000 patients received care at the center. Thanks to our supporters, displaced and needy families have access to good health and well-being.
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.
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#UOSSM Isolation Centers providing care to patients infected with #covid 19. This particular center has no beds available. Around 450 patients visit the center daily.
There is an alarming rise in the number of cases, with a positivity rate around 55-60% and very limited access to hospital beds and ICUs. Only around 2.5% of the population in northwest Syria have been vaccinated. Praying for the safety and well-being of everyone.
#Syria #Idlib #Medical #IsolationCenter #covidinsyria
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يواجه مراكز العزل موجة هائلة من المرضى خلال هذه الفترة حيث أصبحت جميع الأسرة في المراكز ممتلئة ، وتقوم المراكز بأجراء مسحات تحليل PCR للتأكد من الحالات الإيجابية وعمل عزل لها وتقديم العلاج المناسب ، تستقبل المراكز بشكل يومي حوالي 450 مريض.
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Asaad fell down and cracked one of his teeth. He was lucky that it was only one tooth because it was a bad fall.
Asaad was taken to the #UOSSM Maarat Masreen Primary Health Care Center to hopefully save the broken tooth.
Asaad is able to smile confidentally again, after Dr. Ayman repaired and rebuilt the broken tooth!
Our supporters help children like Asaad smile every day with confidence.
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On #WorldMentalHealth Day and every day, #UOSSM understands the vital importance of mental health well-being. Through our mental health centers, mobile clinics and tele-psychiatry services, UOSSM offers mental health and #psychosocial support services that are easily accessible to needy and displaced families in northwest #Syria.

World Mental Health Day is meant to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize mental health efforts around the world. UOSSM is committed to addressing the mental health and psychosocial support needs to Syrian families living in extremely stressful and difficult situations, many traumatised by the war one way or the other. Somaya's story in the video is a true story, together, we were able to help her overcome her suicidal thoughts due to her extreme difficulties. Together, we helped Somaya to be a strong woman and caring mother.
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Since there are more and more refugees that find themselves seeking asylum on foreign soil, there are increased chances that you will meet one of them while in the grocery store or other public areas. Even if you have never experienced it yourself, you may be able to remotely imagine how stressful it can be to uproot yourself and run away from everything you know and be whisked away to another country.

If you are one who wants to make the transition easier for refugees, you may be wondering how to interact with them. What languages do Syrian refugees speak? This is one of the first questions you need to ask to be able to communicate with them and make them feel more at ease in their overall situation. This blog post will shed some light on this topic and help you better understand and talk to the refugees you meet.

What Languages Do Syrian Refugees Speak?

There are many people who came to live in Syria when it was a young civilization. This is why a number of different languages are spoken in the country today. Refugees may speak any one of the languages mentioned below.

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Arabic

The official language of the Syrian Arab Republic is Arabic. The language that is used in school textbooks, printed materials, official documents, and books is Traditional Modern Arabic. However, the language that is spoken between people is slightly different. Arabic dialects that are spoken include Mesopotamian Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Najdi Arabic, Bedawi Arabic.Mesopotamian Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Najdi Arabic and Bedawi Arabic.

 

Kurdish

This is the second-most widely spoken language in Syria. People who live in the Eastern portion of Syria speak Kurdish but also pride themselves in being fluent in Arabic as well. 

 

Syriac

In the olden days, Syriac was one of the prominent Christian languages that were widely spoken. This is the language that was the one that gave Syria its name. It is still widely spoken today. 

 

Armenian

In the 19th and 20th centuries, many Armenians flocked to Syria to permanently migrate and seek a new home. The language is taught in schools in Aleppo, where most of the Armenian Syrians live. 

 

English and French

Foreign languages like English and French are also widely used and spoken. Syrian schools start teaching English beginning the first grade of elementary school and French is taught starting the seventh grade. This is why most Syrians are able to carry a conversation in English quite easily. Another foreign language that is offered in schools is Russian. It is also now being offered in some schools as an alternative to French. 

 

Conclusion

Now that you have some basic knowledge of the languages refugees speak, you may be able to try and talk to them. If you know about any Syrian refugees who have joined your religious organization, workplace, or even parents organization in your children’s school, it may be a good idea to try and make their new home feel more welcoming by trying to talk to them. 

Should you want to do what you can to help refugees, come to UOSSM! The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization, incorporated in the state of Texas. Contact us today to donate to the Syrian relief fund and contribute to other initiatives to help!

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Over the years, the Syrian civil war left many citizens scrambling for humanitarian assistance and amnesty. Since the crisis began in March 15, 2011, more than half of their population has been displaced, forcing many to become refugees in other countries. 

Homes were destroyed, families were separated, and many children lost their loved ones. Indeed, it is one of the darkest periods in Syria’s history, much so that even their neighboring countries are more than willing to reach out and lend a helping hand to those who have nowhere else to go.

Now you might be wondering about the extent of the displacement and where most of the refugees ended up during the past few years of the Syrian turmoil. While it may not be considered good news by all accounts, many foreign countries took in plenty of the displaced citizens, offering them a home and a country to live in with the hopes of starting a new life.

If you want to know which countries have the most Syrian refugees in their custody, this is the guide for you. We have listed some of the top countries where a certain part of the population consists of the displaced victims of the Syrian civil war.

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  1. Turkey

Seeing that Turkey is a direct neighboring country of Syria, it is no surprise that many refugees ended up there. It ranks first as the country that houses the most Syrian refugees in the world. 

The first half of 2021 has approximately 3.7 million Syrian refugees, not counting the ones yet to arrive due to the ongoing turmoil. Most of these refugees still rely on the Turkish government to provide for their needs, often not getting the basic necessities they would require daily to survive.

  1. Lebanon

Around one-eighth of Lebanon’s population is made up of Syrian refugees, with the numbers going up to an estimate of 855,000. Since the country is hedged between Syria and Israel, it is no wonder why it is one of the first destinations of the refugees after the civil war began. 

While some are better off renting out their own spots, the truth is that they are not supported by any legal means, making it close to impossible for refugees to apply for jobs. Some even live out their days in tents, which are not officially recognized as a refugee camp.

  1. Jordan

About 668,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordan right now. Unlike the first two countries, a certain compromise was reached within the duration of their stay, allowing some desert locations to be converted into cities where the refugees may live.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that they can have a comfortable life, as they also go through the same type of lacking and suffering that other refugees are experiencing beyond borders.

Conclusion

While the Syrian civil war is still raging on, many of its citizens fled towards other territories willing to let them in. The situation isn’t easy, and countless refugees do not receive the proper care and assistance they would need daily, yet that is somehow less appalling than the tragedy they experienced at the hands of their old government.

With all of that being said, the top 3 countries housing many of them require assistance to sustain their needs. One of the things everyone can do right now is to unite and become an advocate for a great cause. 

If you’re one of the concerned parties, do not hesitate to lend a hand by volunteering and provide help in any form. After all, one can never ignore humanity in a time when countless people have little to nothing at all.

If you wish to support an organization for Syrian refugees, look no further than the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA). We are a nonprofit, charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization, and we are dedicated to supporting all of the Syrian refugees around the world. Contact us today and let us help you help them.

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Edinburg, TX – Northwest Syria is in a critical situation with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Since August 15, cases have risen at an alarming rate. The current positivity rate is lingering at around 55%. Hospital beds and ICUs are threatening to reach full capacity. Currently, there are only 173 ICU beds available throughout northwest Syria. This is further exacerbated by the shortage of PPE, medical supplies and equipment, including oxygen. The gap in oxygen supplies is at about 40%. The situation is dire and will prove catastrophic if not contained.

 

This comes at a time when there is a growing need for humanitarian assistance in northwest Syria. Between 2020 and 2021 the number of people in need has increased from 2.8 to 3.4 million people. Under current conditions, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Northwest Syria will be devastating.

 

Dr. Khaula Sawah, president of UOSSM USA said, “The situation is dire and deeply concerning and the results could be catastrophic with a high positivity rate, low vaccination rate and limited available ICU beds to treat the sick. In other countries, people have fought COVID-19 by staying home, social distancing, sanitizing their hands and wearing masks. When we ask the people of northwest Syria to stay home they have no home… we ask people to wear masks when there are no masks… We ask displaced and needy families to wash their hands where there is no water, and we ask people to social distance when they are living in crowded displacement camps. We call on the international community to take action by providing humanitarian and medical aid, increasing hospital capacity, and ensuring that people in northwest Syria get vaccinated to prevent a humanitarian disaster. Millions of lives are at stake.“

 

UOSSM is responding with the following:

 

  • COVID-19 Community Treatment Centers (CCTC)- 12 CCTCs include isolation area and severe case management.
  • Triage and Screening Mechanism Units- in front of 12 PHCs and includes triage tent and an examination tent.
  • Oxygen – including new oxygen station and 105 oxygen concentrators
  • Providing PPE- including distribution of 50,000 KN95 masks and PPE to 20 health facilities.
  • Distributing Medicines and Supplies
  • Coordination and Capacity Building- for medical workers
  • Awareness Raising Campaigns- throughout communities, via flyers, media, and social media.
  • Psychosocial Support- through helpline in southern Turkey, and 3 helplines in northwest Syria, plus 2 mental health mobile clinics

The ongoing Syrian civil war started in 2011 and continues to threaten an alarming number of lives even ten years after it first broke out. Numerous individuals, including children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities live under constant fear and deprivation. Many necessary facilities like hospitals and water treatment establishments have now been destroyed, and the economy is continuously struggling.

The war has forced millions of Syrian refugees to flee to neighboring countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and Turkey. An overwhelming number of them live in poverty, and many children are now out of school, deprived of the education they need to rebuild their lives and the future of their country.

The global pandemic has worsened the situation for many displaced individuals, and they heavily rely on our support to get by. Here are some ways to help Syrian refugees in 2021:

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1 – Provide One-Time or Monthly Donations

Whether you contribute once or offer continued support, donations can go a long way to help Syrian refugees. Your generous gifts will be used to provide many forms of assistance, such as medical aid, food, mental health, protection services, shelter, and education. You can also sponsor their healthcare and other needs if you wish to provide extensive assistance. Even small contributions can save lives and give displaced individuals what they need to survive.

2 – Launch a Fundraiser

Fundraisers are an excellent way to provide relief to Syrian refugees, and there are many ways to host these charitable events. One popular way to do so is to use Facebook’s birthday fundraiser feature, which you can usually find on your birthday. What better way is there to celebrate your special day than by offering your support to those who need it most?

3 – Host Refugees in Your Home

The Syrian civil war has forced millions of people out of their homes, and many families now live without shelter. If you have spare space in your house and want to provide a safe sanctuary for displaced individuals, you can volunteer to temporarily host Syrian refugees and help them focus on finding work or receiving education.

4 – Do Some Volunteer Work

Aside from donating money and commodities, you can also offer your support to Syrian refugees by doing some volunteer work. You can help in many ways, such as participating in fundraising events, hosting social media campaigns, providing medical aid for wounds, mentoring Syrian children, and distributing necessities to affected families. Numerous organizations give opportunities for willing people to volunteer.

5 – Become an Advocate

Becoming an advocate for Syrian refugees allows more individuals to learn about the unrest in the nation and the countless families who require assistance. It enables you to amplify the voices of those in need and invite more people to get involved in providing medical relief, food, education, and other forms of help to displaced individuals.

Work with Non-profit Organizations for Syrian Refugees

The past decade has gravely affected many Syrian families and deprived them of their needs and rights. Even ten years after the start of the unrest, it continues to put millions of lives at risk. Fortunately, there are many ways to help refugees in 2021, such as donating, fundraising, providing shelter, volunteering, and providing a voice to the voiceless.

If you’re looking to donate to non-profit organizations for Syrian refugees, the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is an excellent place to start. We provide impartial life-saving support, medical relief, and quality healthcare to displaced individuals, giving them ways to survive the ongoing turmoil that threatens their lives. Join us in helping today!

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There’s nothing worse than being forced to leave the country you were born and have grown up in. Unfortunately, individuals living in countries like Syria have no choice but to leave the life they know to start a new one in a foreign land. With the war in Syria seemingly having no end, locals have had no choice but to flee their beloved country to save their families from violence and bloodshed. 

The Syrian refugee crisis continues to be the largest refugee and displacement crisis today since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011. Eleven years later, the country has been torn apart, and its people have scattered across the globe, seeking asylum in different places such as Europe.

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Fleeing From Syria to Europe

With the Syrian crisis nearing its twelfth year in a few months, millions of Syrians continue to suffer from the damaging impact of the civil war in the country. Fortunately, even amidst the war, there is hope—countries worldwide have opened their doors to millions of people needing humanitarian assistance and refuge from the constant violence in their homeland.

The European Union, in particular, has welcomed a large number of Syrian refugees over the years, nearing 200,000 asylum applications from July 2014 to July 2015. With the treacherous routes, several reported deaths during travel, and the horrible stories in refugee camps, why is it that countless Syrian refugees continue to flee to Europe despite the high risks of death?

Here are some of the primary reasons why millions of Syrians have chosen to migrate to Europe from their homeland:

  • The Syrian War Is Still Ongoing

People continue to flee because the war doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. After a decade of destruction and death, Syrians can no longer wait for their country to regain peace and for things to revert to how things used to be before the war. Unfortunately, Syria is in a state of collapse—it’s only a matter of time before more homes and families are devastated by the damaging impacts of the violence happening in the country. 

  • Refugee Life in Neighboring Countries Isn’t Practical

Although Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and other neighboring countries offer places of safety for Syrians hoping to flee their country, living it isn’t entirely different from staying in Syria. 

Since few refugees can pay rent in the tiniest rooms because they’re forbidden from joining the workforce, they could live in poverty and die of hunger. Unlike in their neighboring countries, Europe offers several income-earning opportunities for refugees, giving them hope of starting a better life.

  • The Media Shows an Image of a Welcoming Europe

Amidst the war going on in Syria, people can still watch the news and access social media. The news stories and anecdotes circulating on the television and the Internet about refugees being greeted with open arms by Europeans and the promise of work prospects, safety, and education were enough to convince Syrians that it would be worth the travel and the money needed to get to Europe.

Conclusion

Life as a refugee is challenging, no matter which country you end up seeking asylum in. Unfortunately, there is no single solution to the Syrian refugee crisis that is now more than a decade long. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to help. 

Even in the comfort of your own home, you can alleviate the suffering of one Syrian family by reaching out and donating to the proper organization. As long as more people work together in helping refugees, we can improve the lives of more families!

Have you been wondering how to help Syrian refugees? Then, cooperate with us at the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA)! Our non-profit, medical humanitarian organization has led the way by taking new initiatives to find constantly evolving solutions for the growing health problems in Syria. Donate today!

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Your Gift at Work: Mustafa Takes His First Steps- On the Road to Recovery

Mustafa was in a horrific car accident. He almost succumbed to his injuries, but fell into a coma. For three months, Mustafa’s family never left his side, fearful that he would never wake up. When he finally came out of his coma, Mustafa was left with serious medical problems. He was bedridden, unable to stand or walk on his own. Devastated, his parents searched for help for their son until they found the physiotherapy center at UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center. There they found a caring physical therapist who worked with Mustafa until he finally took his first steps…on his own!
Thanks to your support, Mustafa and others like him can find the hope they are looking for to live a healthy life – full of possibilities!
Together, we are truly saving lives and building hope.

Watch the video here to witness Mustafa’s inspiring road to recovery.

UOSSM USA Partners with Hathi Hayati to Support New Village in NW Syria

UOSSM USA is partnering with Hathi Hayati to support the process of establishment of a new village, Al Hayat Village, in northwest Syria.

Al Hayath Village will become the new home for 200 Syrian displaced families ( originating from Ghouta, Homs, Daraa, Idlib, Aleppo, and other areas). The community will also include widows with children, special needs cases, and amputees. In addition, skills-based professionals (such as educators, docctors, nurses, and others) will mover there to ensure that the community thrives! The village will also have a mosque, school for all grade levels, medical point, solar powered electricity, and a clean water tank. 

The first phase is complete with 200 new homes (for up to 1000 people) built, as well as the school’s first floor for elementary students, and the medical point which is fully operational. Plans are underway to expand the medical point and the school’s second and third floors for the middle and high schools, respectively. In addition, the electricity (via solar power) and water supplies will be established and delivered to all homes in the near future.

You can click here to learn more about this initiative.

Providing Access to Mental Health Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM is now operating two mental health mobile clinics, supported by WHO, in northwest Syria. The mobile clinics provide internally displaced families in displacement camps (i.e. Afreen) with access to mental health care and psychosocial support services, as well as referrals of severe cases to the UOSSM Mental Health Hospital in Sarmada.

UOSSM Hosts an Event to Launch its Health Strengthening Research Project

On August 24th, UOSSM hosted an event in Gaziantep, Turkey to launch the R4HSSS Project: “Health System Strengthening in North West Syria”. The event was attended by partners, donors, humanitarian organizations, and representatives of the Idlib Health Directorate and the Turkish health Institutions.

Working in partnership with King’s College London, the 4-year RH4SSS project is one of the main research projects in Idlib. Its activities will be targeted toward humanitarian work and development in northern Syria that aim to close gaps in access, establish best practices, and find long-term solutions for problems that plague the local health system. The project work streams focus on health governance, health information system, provision of health services, and medical education and professional training.

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Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

– medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

– care to over 34,000 people through our mental health and psychosocial support program

– health care services to over 1 million patients  at Bab Al Hawa Hospital through the end of 2019

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

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There is a misconception that shunning refugees is a necessary evil for the good of the country. This assumption is based on the idea that the refugees will simply be a burden upon the country’s people and government. This is patently false. Everyone benefits when a country opens its arms to refugees. 

The Refugees

Refugees benefit from this in obvious ways. In the case of Syrian refugees, this saves them from living in a war-torn country. Getting asylum in another country will give these traumatized families an opportunity to recover and start anew. Allowing refugees into the country grants them the most important right we are all entitled to, which is the right to life. To shut out refugees is to sign their death sentence. 

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The Host Country

The country receiving refugees will gain a sudden boost in its workforce. Provide them the resources, and they are happy to work. Some argue that this will lead to refugees “stealing jobs” from locals, but this is far from the case.

Refugees are more likely to take jobs that locals refuse to do. These jobs are usually dangerous, dull, demanding, or dirty (4D). This will stimulate the local workforce in two ways. Firstly, it inspires those in similar careers to work harder. Secondly, it frees up workers who were formerly filling the need in 4D jobs. These workers can now specialize and take up other careers. According to a study done in Denmark, there is also the happy side-effect of increased wages and social mobility for local workers. 

Besides being ready and willing to take on “unskilled labor,” refugees are known entrepreneurs. A quarter of entrepreneurs in the USA are immigrants. It’s hard to call them job thieves when they’re out there creating jobs themselves. This might be due to the stigma associated with hiring foreigners. When denied an opportunity, they create one themselves to survive. Coincidentally, immigrants comprise a quarter of inventors in the US as well. It goes to show that they are not only hardworking, but they take the initiative and are innovative. 

Accepting refugees will enrich the host country culturally. What are iconic American dishes? Pizza, fries, fried chicken, bagels, barbecue, and burgers, right? Every single one of those dishes wouldn’t be touching American tastebuds if it were not for immigrants seeking refuge and fortune in a new country. They brought across the border their cuisine, steeped in culture as well as flavor. 

Conclusion

Some people think that altruism alone isn’t a good enough reason to take in refugees. Well, not only is accepting them an act of kindness, it is by all accounts going to benefit your country.

As with all changes, especially ones of large scale, there will be growing pains. There will be some people or sectors who will not benefit immediately. However, once the proper systems and reforms are in place to give both the native population and the new influx of refugees time to settle and breathe, everyone will be better off than they began with. One side having a more robust, culturally and economically rich people, and the other having asylum and new opportunities in life. 

Adopt a Syrian refugee family today! UOSSM is a nonprofit medical humanitarian organization. We offer access to quality healthcare, including mental health and lifesaving medical humanitarian relief.

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Syria had an eventful 2018 that has changed it forever. That’s why it’s worth exploring these 2018 events. The Syrian war started in 2011, but even before that, a lot of Syrians were already complaining about the corruption, high unemployment, and the lack of political freedom under President Bashar al-Assad. 

Uprisings erupted in 2011, but when the Syrian government used deadly force to fight the protests, the unrest spread, which little do they know will last for 10 years. 

In 2018, the government recaptured Eastern Ghouta and Daraa governorate through unlawful tactics to force the people in these areas to surrender. That year, the country experienced a war. Armed men were allowed to attack civilians and restricted most of them from fleeing. 

It was also in 2018 when foreign powers started to take sides, sending weapons, fighters, and money that worsened the situation in Syria. What made it even worse is that jihadist organizations like the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda got involved, and the international community saw them as a major threat.

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Weapons and Chemicals

The Syrian-Russian military alliance worsened things by using banned cluster munitions and chemical weapons involving medical facilities. Unlawful attacks persisted with more airstrikes that targeted several towns and provinces that have destroyed hospitals and civil defense centers.

Sieges of Civilian Areas

Over 500,000 persons were besieged, and a majority of them were besieged by the government forces in Eastern Ghouta. Between February and April, hundreds of civilians were killed and maimed in indiscriminate attacks on Damascus. The anti-government groups based in Ghouta would arrest and torture civilians in Douma regularly. 

Furthermore, arrests and kidnappings of political opponents and journalists were also widespread. This was carried out by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Aside from that, there were regular assassinations and car bombings. In July, ISIS killed at least 200 individuals and kidnapped 27 people. Some of the hostages were killed in August. In November, the remaining hostages were freed. 

Current State

The conflict that destroyed several cities, such as Idlib, Aleppo, and Raqqa, isn’t the end of it all. Today, many civilians are in the country, while there is a great number of Syrians seeking refuge elsewhere. Despite the sense of calm that has enveloped several areas in the country, it is now forever scarred—the men, women, children, and families will forever carry the trauma of the civil war, and will possibly be fighting a war inside themselves for a really long time. 

Hope for Syria

Many countries all over the world continue to provide support to the country, but it’s going to take some time before it fully recovers. Syria’s economy continues to take a downturn, which affects essential resources. Today, the country is in a very bad state and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately, there are many ways people all over the world can help. Also, there’s a renewed hope, somehow, with the Biden administration that could turn things around in Syria. 

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Civil War In SyriaIf you are not already aware, there is a refugee crisis because of the civil war in Syria. It may sometimes be challenging to think that other countries are at war, especially if we have never witnessed events like these for ourselves. Before anything else, we have to be thankful that no such conflict is happening where we live.

Wars affect millions of people, making it impossible for them to live normal and healthy lives. This blog post will help you gain a better understanding of Syria’s civil war, how it started, and how you can help.

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What You Need to Know about the Civil War in Syria

The Syrian civil war has been a threat to the country and its surrounding neighbors. The sad truth is that there does not seem to be any sign that the war will be ending soon. Here are some of the most pressing questions you may want to be answered about the civil war in Syria.

Why is there a war?

This war started as what was initially thought to be a peaceful, non-violent protest in 2011. However, it quickly escalated into full-blown warfare. What began as a simple demonstration has now evolved into a chaotic war between a terrorist organization, the government and encompasses several different countries.

What triggered the conflict?

The most significant trigger of the event is the Arab Spring. This event involved a series of economic and social protests in Egypt and Tunisia. These protests are what sparked the idea for the rally in Syria in 2011. In March of the same year, 15 schoolchildren were arrested and tortured because of vandalism about the Arab Spring. All hell broke loose after that. 

Several Problems Plaguing Syria

A myriad of different problems is present that not only triggered the original crisis but made it increasingly impossible for the conflict to end. The people were dissatisfied with the government at the time, and there was a rising amount of religious tension within the country, which led to what was supposed to be a peaceful protest that led to all this. 

The bad news is that the rebels and some terrorist organizations have now waged war on each other, using the Syrian civil war as an excuse to start fighting. This factor is one of the most complex and complicated parts of the conflict.

The Need for Humanitarian Assistance is Rising

At the time of this writing, over 13 million Syrians require humanitarian assistance. Millions of people live in hard-to-reach areas, making it more and more difficult for the food and medicine to reach them. However, humanitarian efforts do not plan on giving up any time soon. 

Conclusion

The truth is that the outlook is looking grimmer and grimmer by the day. Neither the Syrian government nor the rebels show any signs of relenting or giving up. This area will likely see more chaos and terror before anything gets better. However, the good news is that if you want to help give the people affected by this conflict, you can! There are many ways to give donations or get involved in humanitarian efforts to make the situation better. No matter how little the amount of action may seem to you, it may mean a world of difference for those who are stuck in the middle of the war and fearing for their lives.

If you are ready to see how you can help the people who are unfortunately caught in the crosshairs, working with UOSSM is the way to go. Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization, incorporated in the state of Texas. Donate to the Syrian Relief Fund and see how else you can help today!

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