More than 5.5 million children are at risk of being a generation lost by the brutal, three-year conflict in Syria. Children have been put at risk by unrelenting violence, a crumbling infrastructure, ruined schools and hospitals, and shortages of essential supplies. In some areas, UNICEF is maintaining the entire water supply.
Refugee camps in the countries bordering Syria are overflowing. There are now more than 1.2 million child refugees who have fled Syria.
What hope do Syrian children have for the future? In some cases, their lives have been lived entirely in conflict.
To support Syria's children, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history, supplying food, water, education, clothing and critical immunizations in Syria and neighboring countries. 9 million children have been vaccinated against polio. More than 10 million people have received clean, safe water. 480,000 children who can’t go to school are learning again through UNICEF child friendly centres.