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It has been 13 years of ongoing conflict in Syria. Nearly 14,000 children have been killed or injured and 7.5 million are in need of emergency support. 

Children in Syria are struggling to cope after more than a decade of conflict, continued displacements, the impact of unprecedented economic crisis, disease outbreaks, a dramatic increase in malnutrition, and, most recently, the deadly earthquakes.  

More than 90 per cent of Syrians now live below the poverty line. Many children are forced to leave school so that they can help provide for their families. Sadly, one in three schools are no longer being used for educational purposes, adding to Syria’s education crisis.  

Violence is ongoing in northwest Syria, threatening the lives of children and families. Millions are displaced, taking refuge in public facilities, schools, mosques, unfinished buildings, and shops.  

But there is hope. Across Syria in 2023, UNICEF reached 15.8 million people, including 10 million children, with essential services and supplies. With your support, UNICEF can continue to deliver lifesaving assistance to families in need, so children can start looking towards the future.  

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UNICEF is on the ground and has been providing vital assistance to children and families recovering from the impact of the deadly earthquakes of 2023, and 13 years of war.

Children in Syria are going hungry 

A young girl is assessed for malnutrition by a health worker
Three-year-old Amneh was screened for malnutrition and her health has drastically improved following two months of treatment at a UNICEF-supported health centre in northeast Syria
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Amneh triumphs over malnutrition, nurtured with love and support

In northeast Syria, Amneh, now three, was diagnosed with severe malnutrition a year ago, when a UNICEF-supported health and nutrition mobile team visited the area her family lives in. The health workers explained Amneh’s situation to her parents, Zouhour and Ahmad, and asked them to go to a UNICEF-supported health and nutrition center in the city for treatment. 

Before Amneh, Zouhour and Ahmad had lost a baby, hours after birth. “I was seven months pregnant when a shell fell near our house. The baby must have been hurt because of the terrible explosion. We fled to Damascus for safety, and shortly after giving birth to our firstborn, she passed away,” Amneh's mother said. In 2018, between a pause in violence, the family returned home. 

During the years of conflict, they lived through multiple displacements and had their livelihoods depleted. They barely make ends meet. 

“I believe Amneh became malnourished when she was in my womb. We’re surviving only on bread and potatoes,” said Zouhour. 

Last year, Amneh started two months of treatment for malnutrition at the UNICEF-supported health centre. As part of her treatment plan, she received ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) regularly . “They followed up on Amneh’s situation closely,” said Zouhour about the support she got from the team at the centre.   

Amneh’s energy has drastically improved after the treatment. She has made new friends she plays and runs with all day long in the neighbourhood. 

How will my donation help children in Syria?

UNICEF has been in Syria for over 50 years. We are there for children before, during, and after emergencies, ready to deliver urgent help where it is needed most. Here’s how your donations could help: 

  • $90 could help provide 18,000 water purification tablets, each able to create up to five litres of clean drinking water.  
  • $133 could help provide 253 sachets of Plumpy’Nut®, a therapeutic peanut paste, to help save the lives of two children.   
  • $311 could help provide a School-in-a-Box so 40 children can continue their education.  

 How do we use each dollar donated?

$1

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.
  • 18¢
    last year, 18 cents in every dollar were invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.

If you choose to donate monthly, or in the unlikely event that UNICEF receives more funds than needed for this emergency response, your gift will help support UNICEF's work for children in need around the world.

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For over a decade, a generation of children have grown up knowing nothing but war.

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