After 11 years of hostilities and persistent economic crisis, people in Syria are now faced with another emergency resulting from a series of earthquakes that hit Türkiye and northern Syria on 6 February 2023. As of early April, more than 5,900 deaths and more than 12,800 injuries have been reported in Syria, according to the Health Sector and the Ministry of Health. Many families lost their main breadwinner due to death or injury, while the economic situation in the country was already dire for millions of people unable to meet their basic needs. The earthquake has uprooted hundreds of thousands of families. Prior to the earthquake, 15.3 million people were found to need humanitarian assistance across all Syria, of whom 4.1 million were living under extreme or catastrophic conditions, according to the Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) severity scale.
Almost four months