This mother of four receives monthly food packages that include rice, pasta, chickpeas, lentils, oil and canned meat. (MCC photo/Emily Loewen)

"Since the deadly conflict in Syria began in 2011, more than 6.6 million people have fled, leading to one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history. About 10% have sought safety in Europe but most have crossed into neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, who have struggled to cope with the influx of people.

"However, not everyone is able to leave. A further estimated 6.7 million people are Internally Displaced People (IDPs) inside Syria, with 871,000 people living in “IDP sites of last resort,” according to the 2019 OCHA Humanitarian Needs Overview for Syria. Outbreaks of violence in northwest Syria in December 2019 and then in February 2020 have forced approximately 1 million people, mostly women and children, to leave their homes, seeking safety in other parts of the country."

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