Syria Crisis Appeal

Senseless brutality

The war in Syria is a war on children. More children were killed in Idlib in the last four weeks than all of last year. The situation in North West Syria – home to 3 million people – is a nightmare.

 ‘It seems as though the different sides have stopped fighting each other and are fighting … civilians, now. It’s just senseless brutality. I saw dozens of people killed in the marketplace, torn to pieces, including many young children who were playing on the street. They should have been safe.’ - Ahmad*, an eyewitness.

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Syria’s children have seen and experienced horrors no child ever should. Attacks on schools and hospitals threaten their education and healthcare – they’re fighting for their futures and we need to protect them.

Bringing hope

Thanks to the support of people like you, we’re already working with partners in North West Syria. We’re helping children overcome their traumatic experiences, protecting their educations and providing vital food and healthcare.

In the last month alone, we reached over 6,500 people through health services and delivered over 500 babies.

Right now, we're:

  • helping children copy with the trauma of war and providing a safe space for them to just be children again
  • providing one-to-one support to children who need it most
  • reuniting unaccompanied children with their families
  • using activities like drawing, drama and music to help children express their emotions.
Sara*, 14, holding a football at our Child Friendly Space.

Sara*, 14, was at home with her family when her street was bombed. She emerged from the rubble of her home, temporarily blinded by chemical dust from the blast. Her brother guided her to safety, and she now lives in a displacement camp. Sara attends our Child Friendly Space, where she feels less afraid and alone. She likes playing goalkeeper in football matches, and says the girls' team normally beats the boys' team because she saves all the goals.

Right now, we’re:

  • giving blankets, warm clothing and toiletries to families who have been forced to flee their homes
  • distributing ready-to-eat meals and fresh food vouchers so families have enough to eat
  • helping families earn a living by supporting the farming industry
  • giving families cash grants to help them rebuild their lives in the long term.
Mai*, 11, at our Child Friendly Space.

“They burned our home to the ground to force us out. When ISIS was there, we weren’t allowed to go to school or learn and they raised the price of vegetables, so we were all going hungry. Whenever they saw a woman talking with a man they would stone them, and they would behead prisoners in front of their family. I always tried not to look when there were beheadings, I would hide behind my mum.” – Mai*, 11

Right now, we’re:

  • treating sick and injured children through seven health centres
  • safely delivering babies through a maternity hospital
  • immunising children against preventable diseases and helping children recover from malnutrition
  • running classes in schools and local communities to help children learn safe hygiene
  • supporting new mothers with breastfeeding and giving them nappies, rash cream and thermometers.
Arij's* newborn baby.

Arij's* newborn baby girl, born in a maternity hospital supported by our partners in north west Syria. Arij was forced to flee to the suburbs of Idlib after her home was destroyed by bombs.

Right now, we're:

  • repairing schools that have been damaged, and running temporary learning centres for children of all ages
  • giving children books, pens and other learning essentials
  • running homework support groups and youth clubs to help children who have been out of school to catch up
Seven-year-old Ibrahim* attends one of our temporary learning spaces in a refugee settlement.

Seven-year-old Ibrahim* attends one of our temporary learning spaces in a refugee settlement.

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