Crisis watch


13 July 2018

Southern Syria

Though fighting is not as intense as last week, tens of thousands of people remain displaced and on the move. Many families continue to live out in the open in harsh conditions as the summer temperatures soar, and are in desperate need of water, sanitation, food, shelter, and basic necessities.

Compsite of emergency situation in southern Syria
Syrian families leaving their homes in search of safety; water distribution, and tents provided to families, by CARE in partnership with local Syrian organisations

Local organisations that CARE supports in southern Syria are still providing assistance in areas where the security situation allows. To date CARE has reached over 55,000 vulnerable people in southern Syria, through water trucking and distributions of shelter and hygiene packages, as well as supplies for babies and the elderly. CARE is also providing emergency psychosocial support to individuals affected by the violence and displacement.

5 July 2018

Southern Syria

Children at temporary camp in field in Syria
Having escaped the violence, many people are sleeping out in the open, in the desert heat

Civilians displaced by intense fighting in southern Syria are in desperate need of shelter, clean water and sanitation. CARE Syria’s Country Director, Wouter Schaap, said:

We are witnessing whole cities and towns emptying due to intense fighting in the south. Having escaped the violence, many are sleeping out in the open, in the desert heat, without access to water, food, toilets, or any of the most basic necessities.

CARE has reached some 50,000 vulnerable people in southern Syria, through the distribution of shelter and hygiene packages, as well as supplies for babies and the elderly. CARE is also delivering water and installing emergency latrines in areas of displacement and providing psychosocial support to people in need.

5 July 2018


Airstrikes continue to hit the port city of Hodeidah risking civilian casualties and causing further displacements as people flee their homes. So far over 17,350 households (over 121,000 people) have been displaced in the area since 1 June. CARE staff have relocated to our office in Hajja (about 100km from Hodeidah) and are helping to plan for providing humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people in the region.

2 July 2018


Drought caused by low rainfall during the last rainy season (June-Oct last year) means the 'lean season' began earlier than usual this year in Sudan. Severe scarcity of water supply and insufficient access to food has led to a high level of malnutrition in some areas, particularly among children under five and pregnant and lactating women. 

CARE is planning to provide immediate nutrition support to 18,761 people in Kassala State, and to reach 85,000 drought-affected people in Kassala through longer-term nutrition, WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene), food security and livelihoods support.

28 June 2018

Southern Syria

Displaced people setting up tents in Daraa, Syria
Civilians displaced by the fighting in Daraa governorate look for safe places to set up tents in informal camps in southern Syria

Up to 160,000 people in southern Syria are now displaced from their homes following recent hostilities. Iman, an aid worker with a Syrian organisation supported by CARE, told us:

Heavy fighting and the shelling of populated areas have led to large waves of displacement. Most of those displaced are women, children and the elderly, who now live in overcrowded shelters. These shelters lack the most basic necessities. Clean water is very scarce. People are in desperate need of shelter and water.