Syria Crisis Appeal

“We hid under the trees so the warplanes wouldn’t see us and fire at us. We stayed away from houses as the warplanes were hitting the residential neighbourhoods and homes. We headed to farms. We are short of everything. We need emergency assistance, food supplies, basically everything.” Rami,* 14.

Rami and his family had to flee their village on his father’s motorbike, they now live in a camp in North West Syria. They were able to escape the recent escalation of violence in Idlib, but hundreds of other children are left sleeping in the streets as the fighting intensifies.

It is estimated that over 150 people have been killed, including at least 40 children, and hundreds more injured. Since December, more than 235,000 people are estimated to have fled southern Idlib to seek refuge further north.

This could push the number of displaced people in North West Syria to over 600,000. As camps and nearby communities are already over-crowded, this latest escalation has left many with nowhere to go, triggering a major humanitarian crisis.

A lifeline for children in Idlib

The bombardment has devastated people’s homes, schools and hospitals. We’re planning to run temporary schools and make sure newly displaced children who don’t have access to a formal school can still access vital learning education materials.

Many of the displaced families have not eaten or slept for several days due to sustained airstrikes and shelling. For families who don’t know where their next meal will come from, we will be providing cash for food. We’re being careful to identify those who need extra support.

For children with more complex needs, we will provide tailored, one-to-one support and follow-up sessions. For example, a child who shows signs of emotional distress will be referred to receive emotional support to help them deal with the traumatic experience.

The war in Syria has already claimed too many children's lives, we need to act now.

What we're doing

Right now, we're:

  • helping children cope 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.

how we helped Sara*


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.

"In the future, I want to help my family and rebuild our home."


*Names changed to protect identities

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.

Tamer*, four, and his mother, Yasmine*, were forced to flee their home. They have received essential supplies such as baby kits, blankets and mattresses, and have also been taken to seek medical and dental care.

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.

The latest news from Syria

Keep up to date on news from Syria as we have staff on the ground as the situation for children worsens.

Last week Save the Children supporters helped transform the lives of a group of British children caught up in horrors far beyond their control.

Read our blog here

Response to reports from the Kurdish self-administration that British orphans in Syria have been "handed over to a delegation representing the British Foreign Ministry"

Save the Children statement on Syrian repatriation > 

Save the Children responses to an Urgent Question posed in parliament about the plight of British children trapped in North East Syria. 

North East Syria: Response to Urgent Question in Parliament > 

The number of British children trapped in North East Syria after fleeing ISIS-held areas is more than 60, Save the Children can disclose. This is around double previous estimates that have been reported in the media.  

More than 60 British children trapped in North East Syria > 

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