The Syrian crisis, now in its sixth year, is responsible for the highest number of refugees in the world and the second highest number of internally displaced people. Some 250-450,000 people have been killed, among them up to 19,000 children. Approximately 11 million people have been forced from their homes.
Children in Syria face challenges no child should have to face—missing out on school, working as child laborers and early marriage. As an active war zone, it is a difficult context to work in and our operations must be highly mobile due to the risks faced by aid workers. Thanks to the support of generous Canadians and the Government of Canada, we run programs that provide Syrians with emergency supplies, access to water and sanitation and essential health care for mothers and children.