After nine years of brutal conflict in Syria, decimated health systems have left children more vulnerable than ever.
Even before COVID-19, limited medical supplies and bombed-out health facilities made it difficult for families to get the basic care needed to survive. With nearly a million newly displaced people struggling in overcrowded camps, the pandemic has created an unprecedented need for help.
Now, as the first reported case of COVID-19 in Al Hol camp has been confirmed, as many as 43,000 children in the camp could be impacted.
Help Save Children in Syria
As the conflict in Syria enters its tenth year, half of the country’s children – 4 million children—have only ever known war.
Prolonged exposure to war, stress and uncertainty has left many children in a state of "toxic stress." If left untreated, the long-term consequences are likely affect children’s mental and physical health for the rest of their lives.
For the 6.6 million people currently internally displaced in Syria and the 5.6 million Syrian refugees with no place to call home, we must continue fighting for a future we all share.
The Challenge for Syria's Children
Many of Syria’s children and their families live in areas where basic services are almost non-existent. The essential infrastructure they rely on - such as healthcare, education and water and hygiene services - has been decimated.
At least 5 million children are now in need of urgent and ongoing humanitarian assistance. During Syria’s harsh winters, they are at risk of freezing to death. You can make a difference.
- 76% of the population has been forcibly displaced due to conflict
- 28% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
- 41% of school-age children are out of school
- 1 in 26 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
- 82% of people live in poverty
How You’re Changing Children’s Lives
Thanks to giving people like you, our work for the children of Syria is making a difference.
As Syria’s conflict enters its tenth year, your support is reaching the most vulnerable children in Syria and in the refugee hosting countries. Inside Syria, you have supported over 3 million people, including 2.1 million children since the start of the crisis.
Our humanitarian teams and partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey are also present in camps and host communities, providing Syrian refugees and vulnerable children from these host communities with food, shelter, water and sanitary services, and access to medical care, education and child protection.
- Protected 32,239 children from harm
- Supported 78,708 children in times of crisis
- Provided 169,633 children with a healthy start in life
- Gave 5,052 children vital nourishment
More than half the population of Syria has been forced to flee their homes*. Thousands of children have been orphaned or separated from their families in the chaos of war. 2.1 million children are out of school, deprived of basic essentials and a safe and protective environment.
Since the start of the crisis, Save the Children has worked to reach the most vulnerable children in Syria and in refugee-hosting countries. You can help.
By sponsoring a refugee child in Egypt, like Yara,** you can be a hero in her life and in the lives of other children in her community. With your steady support, they’ll finally have the chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe.
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Together, We Can Stop the War on Children
The war in Syria has hit hardest those who are least responsible – children. Tens of thousands of innocent children have been killed or injured in the nine-year conflict. Those children who have survived are experiencing chronic stress due to violence, loss and instability.
A donation to our Syrian Children’s Relief Fund supports Save the Children’s efforts to help those in need.
*Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: UNHCR; Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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