CHILDHOOD UNDER SIEGE
At least a quarter of a million children in Syria are living under brutal siege in areas that have effectively been turned into open-air prisons.
They and their families are cut off from the outside world, surrounded by warring groups that illegally use siege against civilians as a weapon of war, preventing food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies from entering and stopping people from fleeing.
Funding, Policy and Protection: Delivering a quality education to children affected by conflict in Syria and the region
6 million children affected by the war in Syria are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
1.4 million of these children are of school age and are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, more than half of whom lack access to education.
The Cost of War
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the war in Syria, almost 3 million Syrian children are out of school, putting them at risk of exploitation and threatening their futures. Unless this situation is urgently addressed, the prospects for eventual peace, stability and economic prosperity in Syria look uncertain.
Futures under Threat
Too Young to Wed
“The Boat is Safe” and Other Lies
“The Boat is Safe” and Other Lies tells the harrowing stories of Syrian families who survived the journey to Italy.
They describe the terrible situations they left behind in Syria, as well as the dangers, discrimination, and extreme conditions they went through during the long journey to Italy.
A Devastating Toll
Syria’s three-year civil war has had a devastating impact on children.
At least 1.2 million children have fled the conflict and become refugees in neighbouring countries. Another 4.3 million children in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Hunger in a War Zone
War in Syria has claimed thousands of children’s lives. Millions more are still inside Syria, caught in a conflict not of their own making, a conflict that is destroying the means of sustaining life: food, water, healthcare.
Explosive Weapons and Grave Violations Against Children
This position paper starts with an outline of the international community's growing concern over the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and then looks at the devastating impact that this has had on children and their families in Syria.