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"IT FEELS LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD"
Syria: By the numbers. It's one thing to see the statistics. After 7 years of war, Syria is now the #1 most dangerous country to be a child. Not only that, but grave child rights violations continue. That means killing, maiming, sexual violence, abduction, recruitment into combat, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access. In fact, some 5.3 million Syrian children need our help right now.
Syria: In their words. It's quite another to hear Syria's children express the realities of war in their own words. "There is no food and we can't go outside. the planes are bombing," says a terrified child. "One of my friends died in front of me - and I saw the blood," cries another. According to a young boy in besieged Eastern Ghouta, "It feels like the end of the world."
By any account, Syria's 7-year war is re-defining childhood.
IS ANYONE THERE?
Watch a horrific bombing caught on video during a recent humanitarian aid mission. #7WordsForSyria
SYRIA: BY THE NUMBERS
Learn the latest statistics - and what they mean for Syria's children.
Syria is the most dangerous place to be a child - of all conflicted-affected countries in the world
Children suffer all 6 "grave violations" - against children in conflict, as defined by the UN
5.3 million children need humanitarian aid now - even in Syria's so-called "de-escalation zones"
SYRIA: IN THEIR WORDS
See how Syria's 7-year war is re-defining what it means to be a child.
OUR SYRIA CRISIS RESPONSE
Thanks to generous supporters like you, Save the Children has worked in Syria and throughout the Middle East for decades. Since 2012, we've led a large, complex response to the war in Syria, reaching children and families in besieged areas, as well as in refugee camps and host communities.
Inside Syria, we're on the ground, ensuring children are safe, cared for and learning. We're providing lifesaving services and supplies. We're tending to children's physical and psychological needs. And we're setting up safe places for children in crisis to learn and play, critical for child development. Despite extreme humanitarian challenges, we've helped 2.5 million people in Syria, including 1.7 million children.
We're also working to draw the world's attention to this crisis, ensuring children's voices are heard and their issues given urgent priority, as we continue to call for immediate humanitarian access and a peaceful resolution to this conflict.
Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to end this war on childhood - so Syria's children have a future.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
It's not too late! Children are incredibly resilient and with the right support can recover from trauma - so they can be children again.
Make a donation to ensure children can have the childhoods - and futures - they deserve.
Be a hero in the life of a refugee child like Malak - and you just might find that it changes you, too.
Shop our catalog for gifts like this Refugee Basics Bag, filled with essentials for families forced to flee.
Here’s another way to help. Send hope to Syria's children in 7 words - one for each year of this war on childhood. Choose your own 7 words or borrow some of ours:
Sending hope to innocent children in Syria. #7WordsForSyria
Syria's war on childhood must stop now. #7WordsForSyria
Stop bombing Syria's vulnerable children and families. #7WordsForSyria