With Syria’s war well into its third year, another shameful milestone has been reached; one million Syrian children have now been forced to flee their homeland as refugees.
“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”
“What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents,” said UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres. “The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures. Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope.”
“In Iraq, I saw the overwhelming challenges facing Syrian families, as well as their courage, determination and dignity,” said UNICEF Canada President and CEO David Morley. “It was an inspiration to me and to our teams working around the clock to deliver emergency programs. As Canadians, we must remember there is no enemy child. Children are always innocent and equally deserving of life-saving support.
What’s happening to the children of Syria isn’t just about politics
It's about survival. And right now, they need our help.
In total 7 million lives are at risk - 4 million of them are children. But the world isn’t responding as it has when other children have been put at risk.
Their lives, depend on your support.