One of the deadliest conflict of our time has left 8 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.


The seven-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.

Since the start of 2018, the United Nations has verified over 1,200 violations against children with more than 600 children killed or maimed and 180 recruited and used in combat. 

“No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones.” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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. And 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. UNICEF estimates that 1 million children across Idlib are at risk. 

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.

“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…”

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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The Syria Crisis is impacting an entire region, their children and their futures. 

For seven years, UNICEF has been providing Syria’s children with life-saving support in the form of shelter, life-saving nutrition, clean water and sanitisation, temporary learning spaces and psychosocial services. But with no end in sight for the ongoing conflict, the children of Syria desperately need your support.

Children are some of the most vulnerable during an emergency. Please help us support children and their families reach safety and give them a chance for a better future.

By donating to the Syria Crisis Appeal today, you’ll help children living through crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.

We’re reaching children every day.

In Syria and neighbouring countries this year, UNICEF has:

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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 2017 Annual Report.