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The war in Syria continues to affect an entire generation of children. 5.6 million children in Syria are still in need of humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic survival needs as well as more than 2.5 million children living as refugees in neighbouring countries. Camps have become homes, life before war is only a memory.
Since the start of 2019, 134 children have died and 125,000 displaced.
As violence escalates in northeast Syria, thousands of children are at imminent risk to their lives including of injury, death and displacement. UNICEF urges all parties to protect children and civilian infrastructure on which they depend, in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law. UNICEF is there and will do all that we can to continue to protect Syrian children.
The Syrian crisis continues to put children in danger
The war is leaving a significant impact on children inside Syria, across the region and beyond. Every single Syrian child has been impacted by the conflict, including violence, loss, displacement, family separation and lack of access to basic services including health and education.
Months of rising violence in the area has reportedly left at least 134 children dead and more than 125,000 displaced since the start of 2019. Nearly 30 hospitals have come under attack and the spike in violence has forced some of UNICEF’s healthcare partners to suspend their lifesaving operations. Approximately 43,000 children are now out of school and final exams in parts of Idlib have been postponed, affecting the education of 400,000 students.
Children have been hit the hardest and many children have seen nothing but conflict. They need our support to put them back on the track for a future where they thrive, not only survive. While we have seen a lull in violence in parts of Syria, violence continues in several areas. Almost half a million children still live in areas that are hard to reach.
UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families. UNICEF continues to deliver services and supplies wherever access is possible and to reach children across Syria, regardless of whose control they live under.
Humanitarian assistance and protection are not a privilege nor a luxury; they are a fundamental right of every Syrian boy and girl. Facilitating timely, quality and at-scale humanitarian assistance through whichever means possible across the lines of fire and from neighbouring countries is the minimum we owe these children. If we collectively fail that duty, children will continue paying the heaviest price of a war not of their making. Putting the world to shame.
Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
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How donors are helping Syrian children
UNICEF is working in the regions affected by conflict and building infrastructure within the refugee camps. Thanks to donor support, UNICEF and its partners are:
- increasing access to safe water
- creating alternative education opportunities for out-of-school children
- building health programs for mothers, children and expectant mothers to help treat and prevent malnutrition
- providing psychosocial support and helping rehabilitate schools, child-friendly spaces, school clubs and play areas to provide children safe spaces to be children again.
A map of Syria
Page Last Updated: October 8, 2019