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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. 

Adopt a Syrian refugee today. UOSSM is a nonprofit medical humanitarian organization. We offer lifesaving medical humanitarian relief and access to quality healthcare and mental health. Get involved with us today!

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Civil War 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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In 2011, many Syrians fled their country because of conflict and violence. Ten years later, and the situation has scarcely improved. Right now, more than 140,000 people have been affected by the violence in Syria. Families and children were forced to run away from their homes while those unable to flee still suffer. 

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What is worse is that they are also devastated by strong winds, torrential rains, and floods. As the cold months come, the area is facing a deadly food shortage as well. 

The Crisis in Syria and Why You Need to Help

The world has suffered enough in recent years, and knowing that people in Syria are still suffering from war makes things worse. 

Sadly, children are the biggest victims of the situation. Millions of Syrian children got separated from their families without access to safety, food, education, and care. Not all understand what is happening, and many have lost hope for their unclear future.

In tough times like this, every little bit helps. This situation might seem like an enormous burden for one person, but with everyone’s efforts combined, they can make a difference and give hope to these people, even just for a day. 

Fortunately, non-government organizations are working hard to reach out to Syrian refugees and provide them with what they need, but they cannot do this task independently. They need the support of the people.

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Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees

If you want to help, you do not need to fly and visit the refugees physically. There are many ways you can send some love and support to the Syrian refugees. Here are some ideas you can explore:

Send Out Food or Water

Food is a crucial concern in the current Syria crisis. Sending them packed food, vitamins, and clean water can significantly improve their lives. You would have to find organizations that have direct connections in Syria that are capable of sending food. 

Emergency Situation Fund

Besides food, your monetary donations can also be used to prepare the volunteer teams for emergencies. Airstrikes have become commonplace in the country, leaving no safe place for the victims. Donating to organizations can help volunteers and leaders provide a safe place through makeshift tents, medical treatment, and supplies.

Fund Their Education

In times of war, the only distraction the children can rely on is education. It is also the only gift they can use to move forward with their lives. Your donation can help provide them with learning materials and other things they need to make their education possible. 

Sponsor a Child

If your budget and living situation permits, there is also an opportunity for you to adopt or sponsor a child. Many of them lost their families and are badly in need of love, kindness, and affection. Do note that adopting a Syrian child refugee requires a thorough process, so it is best to prepare every document and requirement accordingly. 

Conclusion 

The world suffers from a lot of crises. If you have the means to make a person’s day a lot better in your little ways, take the chance to do so. If you have long to send some love and help to your brothers and sisters in Syria, know that help does not always need to be grand. Even a small amount can make a difference in one’s life. Take that opportunity and give them another chance in life. 

If you consider adopting a Syrian refugee or a refugee family, you can coordinate with us at UOSSM. We are an international humanitarian medical, non-government organization founded in 2012 by Syrian expatriate doctors from different countries in response to the Syrian crisis. See our programs and other ways you can help by browsing through our site. You may contact us at connect@uossm.us or (972) 200-3572 if you have more questions.

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Children in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
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The Syrian refugee crisis to this day, the largest displacement crisis in the world. Nearly 25 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 32 percent of them children, or roughly 8 million.

Aside from the inadequate assistance received by Syrian refugees, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugee-hosting countries like Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq has not made it more accessible. The pandemic has led to a massive reduction in Syrian families’ access to health care, education, and child protection services. All in all, this resulted in poor physical and emotional well-being among children.

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The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) supports refugees and host communities throughout the pandemic. Here are the most significant statistics released by the global children’s aid in the first quarter of 2021:

  • 71,660 Syrian refugees were given access to safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene in Iraq.
  • Over 42,000 Syrian children aged five and under were screened for malnutrition to address the worsening malnutrition numbers in the refugee-hosting country Lebanon. The Primary Health Centres (PHCs) that conducted the screening worked to detect, manage, and prevent malnourishment in children.
  • 774,257 Syrian children, with 49 percent of them girls, were enrolled in formal pre-primary to Grade 12 education in public schools in Turkey.
  • More than 38,000 Syrian children and caregivers had access to mental health and psychological support, either in-person or online, to uphold the delivery of child protection in Jordan.
  • 12,232 consultations with children refugees and 2,541 consultations with women refugees were recorded in the first quarter of 2021 in Egypt. This is part of the advocacy to continue essential health care services such as immunization, growth monitoring, and antenatal care service.

A decade of hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic has driven 5.6 million registered refugees, with 2.5 million of them children, to live in refugee camps, informal settlements, and urban settings in refugee-hosting countries.

Children in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This situation was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn it caused in 2020. Of the 19.8 million refugees, 3.1 million of them needed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance; 3.3 million children needed child protection services; and 4.8 million children needed educational support.

While host countries provide public services, refugees remain vulnerable due to a lack of livelihood opportunities, worsening inequalities, and economically strained institutions. And while both Syrian refugees and community households in host countries face similar problems, refugees face more vulnerabilities due to their legal status, residency, and labor policies restricting their mobility.

Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis has made refugees more prone to psychosocial distress, child labor, and domestic and sexual violence. Some women refugees have also resorted to child and forced marriage as a negative coping mechanism to the economic hardships. The other socio-economic impacts of the pandemic also disrupted refugees’ access to health care, learning, and vaccinations and increased food insecurity and child poverty.

Conclusion

Syrian refugees have been battling socio-economic vulnerabilities and psychosocial challenges due to a decade of hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic. But the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the refugees’ immense need for assistance and protection and has shed light on the poor aid they receive despite efforts to meet them.

More importantly, Syrian child refugees are at the center of these vulnerabilities, and a call for the world’s assistance is magnified now more than ever.

The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations – USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, independent, charitable medical humanitarian organization in Texas, providing medical relief, emergency lifesaving aid, and healthcare to those affected by the Syrian crisis. UOSSM USA is committed to its mission of medical assistance by partnering with local communities and organizations worldwide to reach crisis-stricken communities.

Help Syrian child refugees by volunteering, donating, and advocating for them. Your help can greatly benefit child refugees suffering from physical injuries and emotional distress caused by the war. Take part in a cause that works to save lives and build hope amid the crisis. Visit our website to see how you can help.

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