The GRC is committed to helping refugees in many crisis regions. Around 79,5 million people worldwide are refugees – one percent of the world's population. The Syrian crisis remains the biggest humanitarian operation of the GRC abroad. Over nine years after the outbreak of the conflict the humanitarian situation in and around this country remains catastrophic: 12.9 million people are seeking refuge, mostly within Syria, but also outside of their homeland, mainly in the neighbouring countries, and more than 13 million people in Syria depend on humanitarian aid.
In Syria the GRC works closely together with its affiliate organisation, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The GRC has its own staff on the ground in Damascus, who are coordinating the relief work. We also assist Syrian refugees in the severely affected neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. In 2016/17 we cooperated with the Greek Red Cross and provided medical aid for refugees in Nea Kavala and Kordelio, near the Idomeni camp in Greece. We additionally ditributed hygiene kits to those affected at four different locations in Athens, Attica and on the island of Lesbos. Refugees crossing Bosnia-Herzegovina were supplied with humanitarian goods like food, clothes and hygiene kits by the GRC in 2019.
Another focus of our refugee aid is Bangladesh, where nearly one million people from neighbouring Myanmar are seeking refuge. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2017, the German Red Cross has been supporting the Bangladesh Red Crescent in supplying people in need with medicine, water, food and materials for housing construction.