Syria has been racked by a brutal civil war since March 2011.
The conflict has created a vast humanitarian crisis and is continuing to destroy people’s lives. Caritas works for a world where love and justice may flourish and where the dignity of the human person is upheld.
Syria has become the biggest emergency for Caritas and the organisation campaigning for an immediate end to the violence and suffering. Almost 13.5 million people in Syria need assistance, 6.5 million people have been internally displaced.
Nearly 4.8 million people are refugees forced to flee to neighboring countries. More than 230,000 people have been killed and thousands of others have been injured in the five-year conflict.
Pope Francis is closely engaged with the crisis and has called for an end to the fighting. He has also highlighted the assistance Caritas has given to Syrians regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation as the best way to contribute to peace.