- Approximately 12,000 5-17 year olds are out of school, displaced in Western Rural Aleppo, Idleb, Jarabulus, Azaz and Soran.
- Thousands of children have arrived in the last few days hungry, cold and terrified after months under siege and bombing.
- These children need food, shelter, medical treatment, and eventually, help to return to school and to recover from their experiences.
- Heavy snow is hampering aid delivery in Idlib – our partners say relief trucks and ambulances carrying patients who have been waiting for days for treatment are getting stuck on the roads.
Our Response in Syria
Save the Children has pre-prepared supplies and staff in some of the areas where families are being brought to, including 10,000 food baskets and 30,000 medical kits. In addition, Save the Children is preparing child protection and education programs for the children in Aleppo impacted by this violence. Learn more about our response.
Save the Children:
- Distributed more than 4,000 ready to eat rations in Idleb and rural Aleppo.
- Worked around the clock, in sub-zero temperatures, to distribute blankets, food and emergency supplies for thousands of people.
- Organized an emergency health team and six ambulances, with supplies to treat an additional people in need.
- Prepared child protection and education programs, to accommodate children at up to 40 temporary learning spaces.
How You Can Help
Syria's children can't wait — they desperately need help now. If generous people like you support our relief efforts, then we can protect and provide for more girls and boys. Here is what your gift can provide:
FRESH FOOD $50 a fresh food basket for a young family
NEW BABY KIT $100 a new baby kit, with blankets and diapers
LEARNING $150 teacher tools to keep kids learning
PLAYING $200 games and toys so kids can be kids again
SHELTER $250 a household kit to keep a family safe and warm
What You Need to Know
7.5 million Syrian children affected by war — population of Washington state 1
2 million children missing out on school — all school-age kids in NYC, LA and Dallas combined 1
13.5 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid — population of Illinois1
Nearly 50% of Syrians fled their homes since 2011 1
100 Syrians flee every hour, on average2
How We're Helping
Save the Children has helped more than 3.8 million people in the region — 1.6 million inside Syria. Despite the dangers inside Syria, Save the Children has provided 10
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130,000 people with clean water
34,500 children with a place to learn
3,500 emergency patients with care each week
145,000 people with warm clothes and shelter
16 centers supporting traumatized children
A new report from Save the Children reveals that barrel bombs, air strikes and shelling are the biggest issues for the more than a quarter of a million children estimated to be living in besieged areas in Syria. Parents testify to the horror of family life under siege, not only dealing with the psychological impact on children terrified of explosions, but the dire consequences of being deprived of food, basic medicine and clean water.
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Sources of Facts and Statistics About Syria
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview." October 18, 2015. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "Syria Regional Refugee Response - Regional Overview." Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Rauh, Sherry. "Is Your Baby on Track?." WebMD. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Developmental Milestones." Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Al Jazeera. "Timeline of Syria's raging war." August 9, 2014. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- CNN Wire Staff. "U.N. report: Syrian children tortured, used as human shields." Last Modified June 12, 2012. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. "Government Assessment of the Syrian Government's Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013." August 30, 2013. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Hartberg, Martin, Dominic Bowen, and Daniel Gorevan. "Failing Syria." March 2015. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Gunter, Joel. "Alan Kurdi death: A Syrian Kurdish family forced to flee." BBC News. September 4, 2015. Accessed February 29, 2016.
- Save the Children. "Crisis in Syria:
Save the Children Providing Aid for Children and Families Displaced by Conflict." January 2016. Accessed February 29, 2016.
*In keeping with best practices in child protection and safeguarding of minors in times of conflict, all children's names have been changed to protect their identities. In some cases children's identifies have been completely obscured, because of the risk to themselves and their families.