It has now been six years since war broke out in Syria. Every day, millions of children in Syria come under attack, ripping apart places that children thought were safe: schools, hospitals, playgrounds, public parks and family homes.
The ongoing conflict has caused the largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2, and the lives of more than 8 million children are in danger. Within Syria, nearly 6 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, half of those in hard to reach areas or living under siege.
Yet despite the horrors and suffering, there are remarkable stories of children determined to pursue their hopes and dreams. Last year, nearly 13,000 schoolchildren crossed frontlines to sit their school exams – showing extraordinary bravery.
Right now, Unicef staff in Syria and its neighbouring countries are working to make sure that children affected by this conflict can be safe. There is so much more we can and should do to turn the tide for Syria’s children, and we will not rest until we reach every child in danger.
You can help us reach more children by making a donation today to our Syria children’s appeal.
My school in Syria closed because of the war. An airplane dropped a barrel bomb on our school.
I got shrapnel in my face and back.
Safi, aged nine
How is Unicef helping children in Syria?
Unicef is one of the few agencies working inside Syria, as well as being present for refugee families in surrounding countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. We’re also working to protect, promote and uphold the rights of those Syrian children who have made the perilous journey to Europe in search of a better future.
Across the region, we provide child-friendly spaces, which offer learning support and psychological care, as well as a safe space to play. We’re working closely with education authorities to make sure that children are able to go to school. So far, we’ve made sure that over 350,000 children in Syria, and more than 240,000 in surrounding countries, get vital, psychosocial support to help them through their experiences.
Unicef staff are also working around the clock to make sure that children and families affected by conflict have access to clean water, and safe toilets, as well as delivering life-saving vaccinations for millions of children. Together with our partners across the region, we’ve kept more than 3 million children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. Most recently, we worked with the WHO and the Ministry of Health on a nationwide immunisation campaign inside Syria, which aims to reach 2 million children with vaccinations to protect them from deadly measles.
We're reaching children with life-saving vaccinations
More than 3 million children have been vaccinated by Unicef and partners across the region