Since fighting first broke out in Syria in March 2011, the crisis has unfolded to become a large-scale civil war, affecting more than 12 million people across the region, including 5.6 million children. To date, the fighting has tragically claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people.
Syria’s children have endured appalling suffering throughout the last four years. Nearly 2 million children have fled the country and are now living in over-stretched refugee camps, makeshift shelters or villages. Many have fled Syria on foot, taking only what they could carry. Most fled under the cover of night to avoid sniper fire and shelling. Our staff on the ground have been supporting refugee children who are exhausted, hungry and terrified.
As the conflict continues to worsen, Save the Children is gravely concerned as the numbers of child refugees continue to rise as conditions worsen inside the war-torn country.
After more than four years of conflict, the toll on Syrian children and their families has been enormous. Inside the war-torn country an estimated 5.6 million children need urgent help, many trapped without access to medical care, food or proper shelter.
Save the Children has spoken to families trapped by some of the worst violence yet seen in the conflict. They tell of a desperate struggle to survive, living in constant fear under bombardment, the threat of violence and ever-dwindling supplies as the war chokes Syria. Children and families who have been forced to flee their homes are struggling to find shelter in makeshift camps or half-ruined buildings. Medicine, food and clean water are running out. Hospitals have been bombed, schools are closed and children in all areas report that the shelling is constant and terrifying.
You can help Syrian children and families today by supporting our Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal:
Inside Syria, you’ll be helping Save the Children and our partners to:
But we want to do much, much more.
In countries hosting Syrian refugees, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey, you can help:
Ratios calculated across all of Save the Children’s activities for the year ended 31 December 2014. See our 2014 Annual Report for further details.