“The children of Eastern Ghouta have already suffered through five years of siege and violence. They have been denied education, food, healthcare and forced to live in basements for months on end to shelter from attacks. Now, as thousands of people flee their homes, those who have survived the bombardment face an uncertain future." Save the Children’s Syria Response Director, Sonia Khush.
"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?
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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.
Children make up more than half of the world’s 22.5 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 Karim**, 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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