RI's Response to Conflict in Southern Syria

 Above: Displaced children from Dara'a province in Quneitra, Syria on June 29, 2018. REUTERS, Alaa Al-Faqir

Conflict in southern Syria displaced more than 330,000 people from Dara'a to Quneitra in June 2018. Forced to flee at a moment’s notice, these families traversed miles of dangerous desert with whatever belongings they could carry.

Relief International was the only international organization with direct operational capacity in Quneitra and the ability to respond.

Contributions made by individual donors to Relief International helped to support the influx of new families to this area with mobile medical teams, emergency medicines  and  safe drinking water. 


With your help, RI teams scaled up our long-standing operations in Syria. We and the people we serve — are so grateful for your swift action to help Syrians fleeing violence.

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Left: Families fleeing conflict in Dara'a, Syria. Right: Camp for displaced people in Quneitra, Syria. Both photos by RI staff.


RI teams served some of the most vulnerable people among the newly displaced in Quneitra, prioritizing women and children’s needs by:

  • Connecting displaced families with shelter. RI directly provided or assisted more than 400 people in finding temporary homes.
  • Welcoming newly displaced children into our Child-Friendly Schools in Quneitra.
  • Offering protection services at RI’s Women and Girls’ Safe Spaces.
  • Deploying three mobile medical teams to offer health, protection and psychosocial support to displaced families. In addition to providing life-saving health services, these mobile teams of doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical professionals also linked people with specialized health facilities.
  • Delivering psychological first aid to help families cope with the ongoing crisis, including referring people to RI’s psychosocial support centers.

RI teams have served families in Quneitra governorate since 2015. Our work included health, protection, psychosocial support and nutrition programming.