It has now been almost seven years since war broke out in Syria. The ongoing conflict has caused the largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2, and the lives of more than 8.4 million children are in danger. Within Syria, nearly 6 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – 12 times more than in 2012. Half of those in hard to reach areas or living under siege.
Syrian children are facing horrific childhoods. They are witnessing things no child should see, and are being forced to make dangerous journeys in search of safety. Now they are facing a grave new danger: winter. As the temperature plummets, they desperately need warm clothes and blankets.
Unicef is working tirelessly to protect Syrian children and give them hope for a happy future. We’re there in Syria and in the refugee camps, ensuring children have blankets, warm clothes and medicine. But we’re also providing longer-term support to help children, young people and families rebuild their lives. We’re providing education, psychosocial support and safe spaces for them to play and have some much-needed fun.
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?
We are one of the few humanitarian organisations 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. In 2016, we provided back to learning supplies to over 3.1 million children inside Syria, as well as enrolling over 650,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries in school.
As temperatures fall, we plan to reach 1.5 million children and families with support to help them face the bitter winter. We’re providing winter clothing kits – containing thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and socks; as well as heating for classrooms and play spaces; and cash assistance for families to help them provide for their children during the cold winter months.