Four years of brutal war in Syria has led to a major humanitarian crisis. More than two million children and their families have fled the country. Those still trapped inside are at constant risk. Our teams are delivering life-saving aid in Syria and surrounding countries, and along the route refugees take to Europe. We urgently need your help.
At just 15 months old, Lely* has known nothing but war since the day she was born. Last year, violence forced her family from their town in Syria. They had to sell everything to survive.
Now, Lely is back at home, but she doesn’t feel safe. “The children are always scared,” her father, Ayman,* says. “All they know is war… they have lost their innocence.”
“If we are to get through this we need more help.”
What children are facing
- 11,000 children have been killed in Syria and 7.5 million have been affected by the conflict
- 2.1 million Syrian children are now refugees, living in overstretched camps, cramped temporary accommodation or on the move
- More than 10 million people have been forced from their homes and 13.5 million need humanitarian aid
How you’re helping
- Save the Children teams are working hard in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. Many families have lost everything. We’re giving them food, safe water, medicine, protection, shelter and education.
- You’ve helped us reach more than two million children in Syria and the surrounding region. This is our largest ever emergency response and the situation is worsening. We urgently need more funding.
1.6 million people reached
The most vulnerable children are those who remain inside Syria, who are at risk of death, injury and illness on a daily basis. The humanitarian needs are incalculable. Our teams have so far helped thousands of children and family members with food, safe water, medicine and shelter.
565,000 people reached
In Jordan, we’re helping to ensure that children and families don’t go hungry. We distribute 524 metric tons of bread every month, and we’ve provided food vouchers for 230,000 people. We’re also offering education and psychological care, and helping working children stay safe.
698,000 people reached
Syrian refugees are spread throughout Lebanon. They now make up a quarter of the country's population. Our teams are helping strengthen and insulate buildings to protect families from the weather. We’re distributing clean water and hygiene information to prevent illness. And we’re helping parents find work opportunities.
153,000 people reached
Children fleeing Syria urgently need safety, stability and structure. In Iraq, we’ve set up 11 safe spaces. These offer play activities and education alongside specialist emotional support. We’ve also distributed blankets, clothing and food vouchers in refugee camps.
47,000 people reached
More than 40% of Egypt’s 128,000 Syrian refugees are children. We’re helping make sure they can play and learn by distributing school kits and setting up safe spaces. Our teams are also helping children stay healthy by teaching about nutrition and hygiene.
Last updated: November 2015.