Child Refugee Crisis

A child refugee at Kara Tepe camp in Greece
A child refugee from Syria, at Kara Tepe camp in Greece.

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Since 2015, your generosity has helped us reach hundreds of thousands of children in Europe and the Middle East through our Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. We’ve now closed this appeal, but we’re still witnessing the biggest global refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Around the world, over 65 million people have been forced from their homes. Over half are children.

Some have made the perilous trip across the Mediterranean in search of safety in Europe. Millions of others live in areas surrounding their home countries where food is scarce and access to education is limited. But having fled violence, persecution and insecurity, child refugees face new threats every day.

We know that without help or protection, many children have simply no hope rebuilding their futures.

That’s why we’re continuing to support child refugees and their families all around the world through our Emergency Fund. Our teams are on the ground, working around the clock to help keep children safe and give them the chance of a better future.

Donate to our Emergency Fund today to help child refugees and other children in emergencies around the world.

What we're doing

We work with child refugees around the world, from Lebanon to Greece, Uganda to Finland.

  • We keep children warm by providing warm clothes, blankets and fuel for heating.
  • We distribute food, water, blankets and tents to refugee families who have lost everything.
  • We make sure that children get vital medical care.
  • We reunite lone children with their families and keep them safe from trafficking and exploitation.
  • We provide emotional support.
  • We set up safe spaces where children can play and mothers can breastfeed.
  • We help children get back to into education.

Evin's story

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8-month-old Evin was born in a refugee camp in Greece.

Her parents were forced to flee their home in Iraq when the conflict in the area became too dangerous to stay. An armed group came to their village and became to kill people, so they had to make the decision to leave.

After making it to Greece, the family lived in a refugee camp in Lesvos where Evin was born not long later.

Now to make sure that they receive all the care they need, Evin and her mother attend our Mother and Baby Area every day. We offer a critical safe space for mothers to receive support and advice on nutrition and breastfeeding for their babies when they are most vulnerable.

Across the world, children like Evin urgently need our support.

Donate now to our Emergency Fund:

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Names changed to protect identities.
Last updated: February 2017.