Syria Crisis: Donate now

Children in Syria
Layla*, five, and her brother Saeed*, three, live in an abandoned petrol station. 

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Living in constant fear

For almost six years, children in Syria have been living in near-constant fear. Thousands have been killed or maimed.

Shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence are taking a devastating psychological toll on those who survive.

Two out of every three children has lost a loved one, had their house bombed or been injured. Many have grown up knowing nothing but war.

A teacher in the besieged town of Madaya told us: “The children are psychologically crushed and tired... When we do activities like singing with them, they don’t respond at all. They don't laugh."

More than 11 million people have now been forced from their homes by Syria’s war. Almost 600,000 are still trapped in besieged areas. And millions need food, water and medical care.

Our teams are there. We’re keeping children warm, healthy and well fed. And we’re providing vital psychological support. But we urgently need your help to do more.

How your gift will help

Your gift will help us provide food, support hospitals, repair water systems and help schools stay running.

You’ll also help us provide specialist emotional support for children recover from the trauma of war.

We’re working through partners to help the most vulnerable children in hard-to-reach parts of Syria. So far, they’ve delivered vital support to more than 500,000 children in besieged areas.

In countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, where many children and families have fled to, we’re providing food, safe water, medicine, protection, shelter and education.

Zainab’s story

Five year old Zeinab in Syria

Zainab*, 11, in her family's tent in northeast Syria. She fled her home three months ago with her mother and younger brothers.

11-year-old Zainab* fled Deir Ezzour with her mum and two brothers – the youngest is just one year old. Now they live at a camp for displaced people in northeast Syria.

She says: “When the war came, all the Syrian children forgot everything they learned and now know nothing else except war.”

“I feel like I’ve seen so many terrible things.

“I lost out on two years of school, and my brother has grown up and has hardly studied at all.

“What if I get old and I continue on this same path and I lose out on my entire future?


Children like Zainab urgently need your help:

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*Names have been changed to protect identities.

Last updated: March 2017.