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.


Right now in Idlib, northwest Syria, the escalating violence has pushed over 900,000 people - including half a million children - away from their homes and into danger.

Children and their families are taking refuge in public facilities, schools, mosques, unfinished buildings and shops. Many are simply living in parks, amidst heavy rains and in the freezing cold. 

Of the 900 children killed in Syria in the past year alone as a result of the conflict, Idlib has recorded the highest number. 

Through our partners on the ground, UNICEF continues to deliver assistance to families in need, including those recently displaced. We are providing hygiene kits, safe water, vaccinations for children and treatment for malnutrition.

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The nine year long war in Syria has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War Two.

The ongoing violence continues to have a huge impact on children inside Syria, across the region and beyond. Every Syrian child has been impacted by the violence, displacement, severed family ties and lack of access to vital services. 

“The crisis in northwest Syria is turning into a child protection crisis of unprecedented scale." - Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.

“Another year. Another decade. Another grim chapter in the Syrian catastrophe that has left the country and its people reeling from the decimation and destruction of a seemingly endless war.”
UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are in desperate need. Food, water and medicine are in short supply. 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. Recent violence has forced 6,500 children to flee every day.

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.

Despite ongoing hostilities and challenges in accessing hard-to-reach places, UNICEF is urgently working to reach as many children as we can, wherever we are needed most. 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 2019 Annual Report.