Every day in Syria, children face deadly violence. The threat of bombings, chemical attacks and airstrikes loom over their classrooms and homes. Children have been abducted, detained, attacked and forced to fight. They’ve fled their homes and been separated from their families. They’ve lost parents and siblings. More than 1,000 have been injured or lost their lives.
Every time a school, hospital or water, sanitation and energy system is destroyed, children are left without access to basic services. Things that we take for granted in Australia - a safe walk to school, a drink of clean water, a check-up with a doctor - can be impossible for children in Syria.
What is UNICEF doing for children in Syria?
UNICEF has helped Syrian children for more than sixty years. Now, we’re one of the few organisations left inside Syria, working with our partners to help mobilise the largest humanitarian operation in history.
Passionate UNICEF donors who’ve given an emergency gift
or support us with a monthly donation
have kept Syrian children in school, kept taps flowing and kept health centres stocked. From right here in Australia, UNICEF donors have helped ship emergency supplies within hours, reached areas no one else could and never given up on the children of Syria.
We’re reaching children every day.
In Syria and neighbouring countries in 2017, UNICEF donors:
- Helped 1.6 million children keep learning through crisis.
- Kept 9.3 million children safe from polio.
- Helped 15 million people access safe, clean water.
UNICEF is trying to help children with life-changing injuries and disabilities to recover; and to keep children safe by explaining the risks from landmines and unexploded bombs. We identify children who’ve been separated from their parents or orphaned by war and do painstaking research to reunite them with their family.
Zakariya and Doha lost their parents to brutal conflict in Aleppo. For two months they survived with their siblings in a destroyed building, selling scrap metal and burning wood to stay warm. That’s where UNICEF found them, scared and covered in ashes. Our teams brought the children to a temporary shelter where they could recover, stay safe and learn. After four months of searching, UNICEF found their uncle. Now, at home with their family, they can finally rebuild. © UNICEF/UN056229/Al-Issa
What is UNICEF doing for Syrian refugee children
2.6 million Syrian children have been forced to flee their homes. They’ve been torn away from their homes, spent months on the run in search of safety and spent bitter winters living in makeshift shelters.
They’re safe from guns and bombs but Syrian refugee children are still in danger. Thousands are orphaned or seperated from family, don’t have legal documents and live in poverty, leaving them vulnerable to child labour, child marriage and other exploitation. More than 1 million Syrian refugees are missing out on school.
“I don't know how to read or
write. I only know how to draw
the sky, the sea and the sun."
UNICEF donors are helping to pay the school fees of every child in Lebanon so that refugee children like 9-year-old Fares can go to school again. Across Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt, we’re giving refugee children safe spaces to learn and play and books, pencils and toys. We’re training their teachers and providing psychosocial support so they can begin to recover and rebuild.
It’s not too late for children like Fares. They’re determined to learn, play and reclaim their childhoods. For years we’ve watched the brutality of this war play out on the news but together we can support Syrian children and their vision of peace and recovery. Please consider a donation to UNICEF’s Syria Crisis Appeal today.