Earthquakes in Northern Syria and Türkiye

Imagine fleeing a war zone only to be hit again by an earthquake. 

That’s what happened on 6 February 2023 when a series of powerful earthquakes ravaged northern Syria and Türkiye (formerly Turkey).

The region where the earthquakes struck is home to significant numbers of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people.

In northwest Syria many buildings were already damaged by years of civil war, and that’s where some of the worst damage was reported.

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13 years of conflict

The Syrian crisis has been ShelterBox’s largest and most sustained response in our history. As we reach the 13-year anniversary, over 13 million people have been displaced by the conflict (source: UNHCR).

News of the conflict rarely makes headlines, but it rages on. And the political stalemate means the future is as uncertain as ever. As the fighting continues, millions of displaced Syrians face brutal winters, floods that wash away shelters, and financial issues.

Learn how the war in Syria began, who is involved and how families have been affected with our interactive timeline.

What challenges do people face?

Financial crisis

Financially, Syria is on its knees. Currency depreciation and widespread sanctions affect the flow of money coming into the country.

Basics like fuel, food and medicines are now out of reach for people who were already struggling to access them. The cost of a food basket, for example, has increased by 236% in just 12 months.

Extreme weather

Syria faces extreme heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. In February 2021, days of heavy rain caused widespread floods in the northwest of Syria, destroying thousands of tents and soaking families’ possessions.

Without warm clothes, blankets and proper insulation, families have no choice but to group together in shared shelters to ensure they survive the winter.

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How are we helping families?

We are providing shelter for families who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict in Syria.

When families are far from home, and traumatised from their experiences, having a safe place to call home is invaluable.

More than 400,000 people in the region have received ShelterBox aid since we first responded to the crisis in December 2012. This makes it the largest, most sustained response in our history.

In the aftermath of the earthquakes in northern Syria and Türkiye, ShelterBox is supplying tents, high thermal blankets, mattresses, solar lights, water carriers and multi-purpose cash

Please donate today. Your support will provide emergency shelter for families affected by disasters around the world.

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Our aid items in Syria

A ShelterBox tent for emergency shelter

20,000 tents

When families lose their homes, we provide tents for people who were previously sleeping in the open

Grey thermal blanket humanitarian aid

175,000 thermal blankets

In winter we provide items like winter clothing, high thermal blankets, mattresses and sometimes stoves to help combat the freezing temperatures.

Two Luminaid solar lights

58,000 solar lights

Some of our solar lights also come with a USB port to charge phones and maintain vital communication between families.

Humanitarian aid workers deliver aid in Syria

Working with partners

Our partners help us provide aid in some of the most remote and dangerous conflict zones around the world.

In Syria, we’re working with ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation to get our aid to those who need it the most.

But what motivates these extraordinary individuals to risk their lives to deliver aid in such dangerous circumstances?

Meet Farid and find out what life looks like for aid workers in Syria.

Aid Workers In Syria
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Who we’re helping

Hamda is just one of the millions of people who have fled the conflict. It broke her heart to say goodbye to her home, ‘it felt so bad to leave my house…it was destroyed, robbed and looted’.

She now lives in a camp for internally displaced people with her children. But Hamda told us that life is very difficult, with temperatures reaching sub-zero over winter.

We were able to provide her family with a tent and ShelterBox filled with essential items. ‘Thank God you have provided us with blankets’.

How can you help?

13 years of conflict has left millions of Syrian people homeless. You can make a difference.

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