Almost 2 million Syrian children have been forced to flee their homes.
The world has been shocked by the heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washing up on the shores of Europe. This year alone, more than 2,700 people have died trying to reach Europe, the majority of them drowning in the Mediterranean. In the past three months, 80% of refugees crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia have come from Syria.
What's happening in Syria?
Syria is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child. Over 14 million Syrian children have been affected by the conflict, which is now in its fifth year. These children have experienced unspeakable violence and abuse. For some, these horrors are all they've known. More than 100,000 Syrian children have been born as refugees since the conflict began.
Children who've fled their homes because of fighting are now vulnerable to disease and malnutrition, as well as increasing violence and exploitation - including child labour and child marriage. Too many have lost loved ones, homes and schools.
Children shouldn't be the victims of war. By donating to Unicef today, you can help a child get the help they need to stay safe and strong.
How will my donation help children?
Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria, as well as delivering humanitarian aid across the region. Our teams are working around the clock to provide life-saving food, clean water, health care and psychological support to children whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.
A donation of £11 could provide a Syrian family with an emergency water kit to help protect them from disease.
In 2014, thanks to your donations, Unicef provided warm winter clothing for a million children, more than 2.8 million children received essential education supplies and more than 900,000 children received psychological care and support.
Please help Unicef to keep children safe, both at home and where they are seeking refuge.
A monthly gift from you would help to keep more Syrian children safe.
Regular support is especially valuable in this ongoing crisis. To make a donation on the phone, please call our 24-hour donation line on 0800 316 5353.
The extent of the refugee crisis has meant that Unicef is finding it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of those affected by this emergency, and urgently need your help to reach millions of children. Unicef is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. We receive no funding from the UN budget.
For the first 12 months monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the Syrian conflict. After that they will go to our Children's Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef's funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to the Children's Emergency Fund.