Damascus, 14 September 2022 (TDI): The UN Refugee Agency; UNHCR, has announced the visit of High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi to Syria.

UNHCR in Syria

It has been 11 years since the crisis broke. UNHCR has provided for the refugees for the past 11 years but the problem persists and needs international attention.

More than 13 million people have been forcefully displaced. Syria remains the world’s largest displacement crisis according to the UNHCR.

The countries which have welcomed more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees need international support. The financial burden has soared for them. COVID-19 has added fuel to the fire as it has crippled the economies of these host countries.

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Syrian refugees are forced to live in poverty. Children left without families, single mothers, the sick, as well as the disabled, are the most vulnerable among them.

Meanwhile, humanitarian needs inside Syria are also surpassing the available resources. More than 6.9 million people are still internally displaced. Even in the host countries, the education and health care sectors require immediate attention.

Many refugees still wish to return to their homeland. The only hurdle they want to be removed is the situation of peace and security, and the lack of livelihood.

According to UNHCR, many internally displaced Syrians have returned home, but they need help to rebuild their livelihood. Political solutions are the need of the hour to end 11 years of suffering. There is also a need to increase settlement opportunities for the refugees.

UNHCR requires $465.2 million for Syrian refugees, the host countries, & the returnees in 2022. UNHCR has called on global donors to support the refugees alonw with their hosts.

Along these lines, this visit of the High Commissioner is a gesture to bring global attention to the Syrian crisis.