From Syria to South Sudan to Yemen, war and conflict put millions of children in terrible danger. They face losing their homes, their families, even their lives. 

Torn from everything they know, they’re left vulnerable to many other dangers, from disease and malnutrition to violence and exploitation.

Machar from South Sudan

Due to heavy conflict in South Sudan, Machar (pictured above) was separated from his mother and father. He has lived in fear without his parents in a refugee camp for two years.

"When I heard there was fighting, I was so worried, I was always waiting for the bullets to come...I miss my mother and father and brothers and sisters. I don't know where my mother is."

A £50 donation to our South Sudan emergency appeal could help set up a child-friendly space for vulnerable children like Machar, where they can play and learn in a safe and secure environment.

Facts about war and conflict 

  • One in 10 children now live in conflict-affected areas (an estimated 230 million children)
  • In South Sudan, around 13,000 children have been recruited and are being used by all sides of the conflict, putting their lives at risk and changing their futures forever
  • In Syria, one in five schoolchildren are forced to cross lines of fire just to take their exams
  • In Yemen, at least 466 children have been killed since the conflict intensified this year – more than four times the number of children killed during the whole of 2014.

What does Unicef do for children in war and conflict?

Unicef provides life-saving food, clean water, medicines, protection and psychological support to children whose lives have been devastated by the effects of war and conflict. In 2014, we supported more than 8,000 boys and girls released from armed groups, helping them reintegrate back into their communities.

How you can help

Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in May, we can change how the world responds in emergencies.

Our new campaign calls on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to make protection from violence a priority at the summit. He can do this by committing his Government to protecting children from extreme violence, protecting the schools that keep them safe and protecting children who are torn from their families by wars and disasters.

Sign our petition telling David Cameron to make protection from violence a priority at the summit.