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Syria’s Children Are Living a Nightmare
For the past six years, Syria’s children have been bombed, shot at and starved to death. They’ve seen loved ones killed or injured, right before their eyes. Their homes and schools reduced to rubble. Their families torn apart.
Many of these traumatized children are showing signs of severe psychological distress, with possibly lifelong effects. Some are withdrawn, others act out. Some have lost the ability to speak. Many experience violent nightmares or can’t sleep at all, fearing they’ll never wake up.
We must act now – before a generation of Syria’s children suffer emotional wounds that may never heal. Because every last child deserves a future.
WAITING FOR HOPE TO RETURN
After five long years, Amer still dreams about the brother his family had to leave behind in Syria. Journey with Amer into his life in a refugee camp and see the world through the eyes of this child yearning to return home.
*Child’s name changed for protection.
How 6 years of war is impacting the mental health of Syrian children
Save the Children has just released the largest and most comprehensive study into children’s mental health and well being ever undertaken inside Syria. Interviews of more than 450 children and adults reveal that Syria is now at a “tipping point.” Millions of children have been so consistently exposed to constant stress that their chances of recovering fully are shrinking by the day.
The extreme trauma of war is leading not only to psychological scars, but also developmental issues, and significant increases in heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse and depression.
It’s not too late to help these vulnerable children. As our work in the field has shown, children are often able to recover quickly, if given the right support. Learn how you can help end the nightmares.
Each and every day, Syria’s children are seeing horrors no child should see and suffering emotional wounds that may never heal. One of these children is 5-year-old Amena.* To escape the nightmares of life in Syria, Amena and her family fled their home and attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea. A terrible risk, but Amena’s desperate father had no other choice to save his children.
Watch Amena’s dramatic rescue at sea and recovery from near certain death. With the help of supporters like you, we can save more children like Amena.
*Child’s name changed for protection.
Children’s Living Nightmares
Our Response in Syria
Save the Children has worked in 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, refugee camps and host communities. Despite extreme challenges, we’ve helped more than 3.3 million people inside Syria, including more than 2.1 million children.
Thanks to supporters like you, we’re doing whatever it takes to ensure children inside Syria are safe, cared for and learning. In addition to lifesaving services and supplies, we provide child-focused mental health care, such as Health and Education through the Arts (HEART), our innovative, art-based psychosocial program. And we set up safe places for children in crisis to learn, play and socialize, critical for child development.
From the start, we’ve also worked to draw the world’s attention to this crisis, ensuring refugee children’s voices are heard. And we continue to call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need and for all parties to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Learn more about our response.
How You Can Help
Syria’s children need help now to heal from the physical and emotional wounds of war. If compassionate people like you support our relief efforts, then we can protect and care for more girls and boys. Here’s what your gift can provide:*
* Your support can help fund initiatives like these, and so much more.
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