Refugee Children Crisis

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The United States government has suspended the refugee resettlement program. Refugee children have been terrorized, they are not terrorists. More than half of the refugees are children, whose only chance for survival and a better future relies on access to safety.

The world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since World War II - there are more people fleeing war and persecution than ever in history, and the majority are from Syria.

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Save the Children is committed to continuing to help millions of refugee children, regardless of ethnicity, religion or any other factor.

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To help reach even more refugee children with lifesaving and life-changing aid, Save the Children has teamed up with Crowdrise to harness the power of crowdsourcing. Join us and support our relief efforts by fundraising for this campaign.

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Search. Rescue. Save.

Save the Children is continuing to respond to the Child Refugee Crisis. To address the rising tide of lives lost at sea, we’re now launching a lifesaving ship with special services for children. With your help, we aim to reach up to 20,000 children and others at risk of drowning in the next 15 months.

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Sponsor a Refugee Child Like Mohanad

Children make up more than half of the world’s 21.3 million refugees. Many have known nothing but war, deprivation and fear. They aren’t in school and often struggle to find the basic essentials – their lives and futures at risk.

You can help. By sponsoring a refugee child in Egypt, like Mohanad*, you can be a hero in his life and in the lives of other children in his community. With your steady support, they’ll finally have the chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe.

Because every child, everywhere, deserves a future.

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The world is witnessing a rapid escalation in the number of people forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution – moving toward countries of transit, seeking safety and relief of suffering.

  • Approximately half of the 32.5 million registered refugees globally are children and youth. Their number is growing dramatically as a result of escalating crises in places where violence, persecution and conflict are uprooting entire populations.

  • Children and families are fleeing out of fear for their lives and embarking on perilous journeys. Many hope for the chance of a better life and the opportunity for asylum. But while they are on the move, they are extremely vulnerable.


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Save the Children has been responding to crises around the world for almost 100 years. We quickly moved to meet the growing needs of children and families on the move, allocating funding from our Children’s Emergency Fund to respond to the crisis in several locations. Here are examples of countries where our relief efforts are underway:


Since the beginning of the conflict, Syrian children have been the forgotten victims of the horrific war. Today, over 5.8 million children are in need of assistance, including over 2.3 million Syrian children who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. These children are at risk of becoming a "lost generation" and cannot be ignored. We must save Syria's children.

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Save the Children staff member holds Syrian refugee boy


Refugees have been arriving in Egypt in increasing numbers since late 2014. Save the Children is providing children and families with child protection interventions such as child-friendly spaces and early childhood care for children under 5.

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Child refugee naps at local Egypt center
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We are providing children with psychosocial and emotional support and holding art, music, drama and dancing sessions for children. We are distributing school kits and holding Arabic, English, Maths and French classes.


Save the Children has conducted humanitarian programs in Greece since 2015. We currently work in more than 20 sites in Greece and have reached almosts 500,000 children and adults with aid. We support shelters, aid unaccompanied children and provide pregant women and mothers with the resources they need to protect their children's nutrition.

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Lebanon hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees relative to its population in the region, with almost 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees, constituting one-fourth of the country’s population. Some 53 percent of these refugees are children. We have reached over 530,000 Syrian refugees here, including 313,000 children, with critical protection, education, food and shelter assistance.

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Save the Children staff member talks with recently arrived refugee woman


Violence, food shortages and economic disparities have forced more than 2.3 million South Sudanese to flee their homes, often searching for safety in neighboring Uganda — a country already hosting more than 1 million refugees. Save the Children's Emergency Health Unit has been deployed to bolster our existing humanitarian response in Uganda. We are present in two refugee settlements in Northern Uganda, providing health care services.

Refugee boy from South Sudan with his father
Refugee families arriving at Uganda refugee center
Refugee boy waiting with his family at Uganda border
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