The Syrian crisis continues to put children in danger
The war in Syria continues to affect an entire generation of children. 5.6 million children in Syria are directly impacted by the conflict as well as another 2.5 million children currently registered as refugees living outside Syria. Camps have become homes, life before war is only a memory.
The violence and continued displacement is putting Syrian children in danger. Risk of being injured or separated from their families, lack of basic needs and medical attention are all concerns facing the people of Syria right now.
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“Humanitarian assistance and protection are not a privilege nor a luxury; they are a fundamental right of every Syrian boy and girl. Facilitating timely, quality and at-scale humanitarian assistance through whichever means possible across the lines of fire and from neighbouring countries is the minimum we owe these children. If we collectively fail that duty, children will continue paying the heaviest price of a war not of their making. Putting the world to shame.” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
How your donations are helping Syrian children
UNICEF is working in the regions affected by conflict and also building infrastructure within the refugee camps. With donor support and in partnership with other organizations UNICEF is:
- increasing access to safe water
- creating alternative education opportunities for out-of-school children
- building health programs for mothers, children and expectant mothers to help treat and prevent malnutrition
UNICEF and partners are also providing psychosocial support and raising awareness on the dangers of unexploded remnants of war to help children heal from the impact of what they’ve seen thus far during the war; and also help them avoid being severely injured as they move about the streets.