One of the deadliest conflict of our time has left five million children needing emergency aid. Syrian children have lost their homes, their security, their childhood. UNICEF is urgently appealing for funds to deliver emergency supplies, protection and support to millions of children caught in the line of fire and living on the move as refugees.


Escalating violence in northeast Syria is putting the lives of thousands of already vulnerable children at imminent risk of displacement, injury, or death. Already, at least four children have been killed and nearly 70,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

UNICEF remains on the ground as one of the few agencies that continue to provide urgent aid to those who need it most.

Over the past few days, we have delivered 95,000 litres of water to shelters and installed much-needed water tanks. We have stocked enough water, sanitation, health and nutrition supplies to provide for over 45,000 children and their families for the next month.

We have more supplies ready, but as the situation worsens and access becomes more difficult, we need help to make sure humanitarian aid gets to the children who need it most.

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The eight-year long war in Syria has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War Two and continues to have a devastating impact on each and every child.

In 2018, more than 1,100 children were killed - the highest ever number of children killed in a single year since the start of war - and more than 700 children were recorded maimed or injured. On top of this, over 800 children were recruited into the fighting. 

“Children in parts of the country remain in as much danger as at any other time during the eight-year conflict,” Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.

“I can’t wait for Syria to return to what it was and we go to live and laugh there like we used to. That’s all I want. I would eat dirt if it would bring me back to Syria. If only…”

Children within Syria face grave threats to their life and the constant struggle for food, clean water and health care. Millions more have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt, where they are desperately trying to rebuild their lives in refugee camps. Every one of these children needs a safe space to learn and build the future they deserve.

Idlib, a city in northwestern Syria, has one of the highest number of internally displaced childen in the country. Most children now live in overcrowded camps and shelters in rural areas where food, water and medicine are in extremely short supply. 

The future of an entire generation is at stake.

UNICEF is working to reach as many children as we can, wherever we are needed most, as quickly as possible. For too many children, time is simply running out.

UNICEF is supporting Syrian children in camps, on the move and in temporary, makeshift settlements.

We need your help to provide children in the Syrian crisis with: 

  • Food
  • Clean toilets
  • Medicine
  • Schooling
  • Safe places and shelter
  • Trauma counselling
  • Winter clothing
  • Vaccinations
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90 cents of every dollar donated to this emergency went directly to our emergency response work in the field.

10 cents per dollar from funds raised by the public went to investing in further growing fundraising in Australia.

The value of non-monetary donations and gifts as well as fundraising costs that are funded by UNICEF Geneva and not the public are excluded from this bar chart. The values above are from UNICEF’s 2018 Annual Report.