Situation in Syria more critical than ever, one year on from earthquake – World Vision

Situation in Syria more critical than ever, one year on from earthquake – World Vision- PR
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Situation in Syria "more critical than ever", one year on from earthquake – World Vision

Amman, February 6, 2024 – The humanitarian situation in Syria is still incredibly dire, warns World Vision, a humanitarian aid organisation that has been operating in Syria since 2011. World Vision makes this stark warning as the world marks a year-to-the-day since the devastation of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through Northwest Syria and Southern Türkiye.

World Vision warns that not only is the conflict in Syria not over, with 13 years of ongoing violence, but the humanitarian needs resulting from it and last year's earthquake are still growing. Currently, 90% of Syrians live below the poverty line. Additionally, 4.1 million people in Northwest Syria rely on humanitarian aid, and food insecurity affects 3.7 million individuals.

To mark the tragic milestone, and 13-years of persistent and ongoing conflict, World Vision has released a policy brief highlighting the escalating humanitarian crisis in Northwest Syria, a comprehensive overview of the current situation, outlines urgent needs, and offers critical recommendations for immediate action.

The brief, Beyond the Rubble: The Impact of the Earthquake on Children in

Northwest Syria One Year Later, is available here 

The brief draws attention to the following findings:


To counter this, World Vision recommends:

  • A political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria through a peace process championed by the international community, fostering lasting stability and national healing.
  • Unconditional and unrestricted humanitarian access ensure the survival of the Northwest Syria's 4.1 million inhabitants.
  • Complete funding of the critically underfunded Syria Humanitarian Response Plan, ensuring that the humanitarian needs in Syria are thoroughly addressed.
  • Engagement with and empowerment of local communities and organizations in planning and implementing projects, ensuring sustainability, capacity-building, and a timely, effective response to humanitarian needs.

Through this policy brief, World Vision emphasizes long-term resilience, community involvement, comprehensive monitoring, and the integration of innovative, climate-smart strategies in all recovery efforts.

Emmanuel Isch, World Vision's Syria Response's Director says:

"The region and the world seem to be more divided than ever. The number of conflicts seems to be growing, and climate change appears to be causing more and more natural disasters. World Vision wants to remind the world, on this sad milestone, that the people of Northwest Syria are still reeling from the ongoing impacts of both.

The scale of support needed for families and communities in Northwest Syria is escalating out of control, due to 13 years of conflict and a year of unmet needs from the devastating earthquake. The situation is now more critical than ever, and the world cannot afford to ignore the suffering here, despite the growing number of geopolitical distractions.

World Vision remains steadfast in its commitment to the Syrian people, advocating for their immediate needs and the promise of a more hopeful, stable future.”


Notes to editor

 For more information, please contact:  Hamzah Barhameyeh, World Vision Syria Response Communications & Advocacy Manager, Email: 

World Vision is a global humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @WorldVisionSR.

World Vision Syria Response has been operating inside Syria, Jordan and Türkiye since 2011, where we provide life-saving protection, education, WASH, livelihoods and health services to refugees and local communities.