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.
Nearly seven years of conflict in Syria has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War Two.
The suffering of children in besieged areas is a key concern, including recent violence in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus. It is estimated that 200,000 children are currently in Eastern Ghouta, trapped under siege with escalating violence around them.
Hospitals and schools have been destroyed. In the first two weeks of 2018, more than 30 children have already been killed, with hundreds in urgent need of medical evacuation.
“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.
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:
- Clean toilets
- Safe places and shelter
- Trauma counselling
- Winter clothing